How difficult is building your own computer?

Hey all, now addressing this question can be very overwhelming with several subjects being thrown at you from the front, back, and a swift upper-cut to the chin when first looking into building a computer.

Whether it be used for gaming or for personal use can help simplify and answer the more common questions that I will help guide you to an easier process when first starting and later on. 

Now to answer the biggest question of all is, how difficult is it to build a computer? Well for some who have the experience and knowledge it doesn’t seem all that difficult, it’s mainly doing a lot of research, knowing the parts (what goes to what, etc.) and the modifications to be made.

How can identifying the variant that dictates the difficulty level of constructing a computer? Can it help ease the process of making a final decision? 

Hold up! Just sit back for a second and breathe. I know that’s quite of bit of information right? There really is a way to clarify and make this whole ordeal easier. But to completely answer that world shifting question here are some of the things that scale this matter.

  1. Component knowledge
  2. Understanding how components connect/plug-in
  3. Resourcefulness 
  4. Don’t fail to plan
  5. Ability to troubleshoot

Consider these key components when deciding to build your own computer. They will affect and refine the course to take when building a PC. Keep these in mind when going over them to set up the best possible scenario to succeed in building your very own PC! 

Component knowledge

This is probably one of the main things I want you to consider before even deciding to build your own computer. Having knowledge of the components while purchasing them will enhance your ability to put the computer together. It also helps support how your components connect which we will briefly cover in a minute. When constructing my first computer, it took a good 4-5 hours to assemble then another 2 hours to do the trouble-shooting phase of building a computer. 

There are many articles that I have helped to explain the major components of a computer, how they work and much more. Some examples of these are Helpful Guide to your Motherboard, What is a Graphics Card?, Helpful Guide to What is a Processor. Be sure to check those out if you are in need of more component knowledge!

Understanding how your components connect

Ever play with legos? Or even play with the shape sorting toys? Now don’t deny it. We’ve all done it and then pat ourselves on the back when smoking the competition. Even though the competitor is just a baby. 

Well, building a computer is following the concept of the shape sorting, just a little more complex as certain plugs correspond by having a certain amount of pins. An example, is trying to plug in a new SSD, they are going to need a SATA cord that has a small L shape and a standard plug in the actual plug that goes into the SSD. This is one example that will help you understand where certain cords actually plug into. 

Here is a picture to visually comprehend and further understand this concept, but basically every part of a computer works in unison. So with the new found knowledge that’s just been obtained and can now understand where parts connect to, it will be extremely easy to spot these connections and to assemble a computer in no time! 

I hope this will be accessible into a compartment in your brain space later, kind of like trying to retrace your steps to find the car keys or recall if the toilet seat was up. *Deep intense thinking of where you left your keys. Where did I put those? Hmmmm.* 

Resourcefulness

This is just an extra to this list as it helped me A LOT. Not knowing all of this information can be a really big downer when deciding to build a computer. It took me much longer than it would now to build a PC. I know the frustration and not to mention the money of having to purchase a laptop every other year, it’s ridiculously expensive and to be honest pricey for something that will only last for a year or two. I have shoes older than that. 

The underlining issue is having resourcefulness. Be willing to do the research before hand if this is your goal and want to have your own custom built computer. The first one is no easy task and it will take a little time AND a lot of patience to get it built. What I mean by being resourceful, is just be curious. Ask questions, most of the time you will get them answered with a quick Google search. Such as this article!

Search for answers of questions you might have. In todays age, what is normally done when needing help with a question? As we said earlier, Google will be your best friend, but don’t just settle with one source. Ask friends or family if they have any experience on certain things. Maybe they can also answer questions and might surprise you with the knowledge they have. This will speed up the process and set yourself up for success in the best way possible!

Don’t Fail to Plan

Probably the number one thing to do beforehand. Plan out your steps, know what you are diving into. What is the first thing to do before diving into the pool? Check how deep it is, maybe how cold, right? That’s how to initially start and how to approach building your first computer. Check what parts are needed, tools or accessories, and even a building station that most people don’t consider such as a large table. Have your plan of attack designed out so you can prepare for the worst. Something small like losing a part will cost you hours of work.

Stay ahead of the game and plan in advance to reduce the amount of time it takes to build your computer. Reduce the amount of hair pulling in the near future. It feels absolutely awful to realize that a certain part was forgotten about when purchasing the other products because you didn’t plan accordingly. That is time and money that won’t be given back and the best way to combat that is don’t fail to plan.

Troubleshooting

The last thing I want to recommend before you actually start having to troubleshoot if your computer works is double checking things. I struggled a lot on my first computer and it was purely due to not double checking if I had everything I needed.

Troubleshooting can be difficult and does take time unless you have extreme experience building computers. Even then the most experienced of people will still have to troubleshoot problems or errors that may occur within this process. Just expect it to happen and be more prepared beforehand.

There was a huge problem with my computer when first framing it as certain parts of my computer weren’t being noticed as being plugged in. The complication was as simple as the computer not even turning on. It took an hour or so looking into the matter only to find that it wasn’t plugged in correctly.

This is troubleshooting simply put. Be able to consider all possibilities and don’t get too frustrated when building your computer as there will be times you lose sight of this phase and it will make things more difficult for yourself.

Here is more personal advice I want to share with ya’ll. It’s okay to mess up or make a mistake, we are human. Learn from them, make adjustments and move on. Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. 

With all things considered, I hope you all enjoyed this article and hope it helped you on your journey to building your very first computer. If you have more questions feel free to email me at Tekchaser@gmail.com and I will get to them as soon as possible. Until next time, I’ll see you in the next one!