How to Build Your Own Computer

This article is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  Full length video of the computer build coming soon!

I finally dove in and built my own computer from the ground up. We needed a new one, and since we needed to stay cheap, I decided to build my own. Bought all the parts on black Friday 2010, put it all together this morning, and amazingly it booted right up. I even got the boys to join in and help install the processor and memory into the motherboard, so they get some geek creds too. Now it's a rip-snortin' 6-core, 3.2GHz, 64-bit Windows 7 Prof powerhouse. Building it myself cut the price in half compared to a similar pre-built machine.

I turned the boxes of parts on the right into the fire-breathing 6-core, 3.2Ghz, 64-bit Windows 7 Professional machine on the left.

Inside the belly of the beast. The kids helped me install the power supply, and install the processor and memory into the motherboard, and I showed them how all the other parts fit into place. The power supply came with way more connections than I need right now, hence the unfortunate pile of wires on the floor of the case.

If you want to build a computer similar to mine, here's the parts list:

 Required    My choice
 Required Components
 1. Operating System  • 
 Windows 64-bit
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 2. Case  Determine size desired:
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2)
 3. Processor  Intel or AMD?  Then which socket?
 AMD Phenom II X6 : socket AM3
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2 GHz 6x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core
 4. Motherboard  • Determined based on processor socket.
 • Asus and Gigabyte are the best brands.
 • On-board graphics are usually available
   for AMD boards, but not for Intel.
 Asus with on-board ATi
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 - AM3 - AMD 890GX - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard
 5. Memory (RAM)
 • Determined based on Motherboard

AMAZON: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333MHz DIMM PC3-10666 Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

NEWEGG: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
 6. Hard Drive
 • Hitachi are the best.
Hitachi Deskstar 3.5 Inch 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA II 32 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0S02860
 7. Optical Drive
 • Choose for your needs DVD, Blue-Ray
 Basic DVD-RW drive by Asus

Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)
 8. Power Supply
• Corsair makes the best.

• Choose size based on peripherals now and in future.
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible w Intel Core i7 i5
 Optional Equipment
 Fan Y-Cable
• Recommended if running a case with 3+ fans like the Cooler Master I recommend above.

• Highly recommended so you can run off MB fan connectors for dynamic fan control.

NZXT CB-3P-Y Individually Sleeved 3Pin fan Y Cable 2 Male to 1 Female Premium Cable (300mm, Black)
 4-port USB expansion panel

4-PORT USB Pci Bracket
 Card Reader      
AMAZON: AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

NEWEGG: AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
 Video Card