How Long Does it Take to Build Your Own Computer?

So how long does it take to Build your own computer? This depends on your skill level and knowledge of computer parts (which can be time consuming when just starting building a computer). For beginners it might take up to a few hours to start building a  computer. 

Adding in some experience and a little research, and this is how I wanted to create a resource for everyone. So with the research I have done and the experience of actually building a computer, let’s take a look at how long it actually takes to build your own PC.

Building a computer can take hours from preparation, to actually building it. Where as an advanced person would take 1-3 hours, it takes a beginner around 4-6 hours to actually build the computer(this does not include the research for parts). This is a rough estimate and things can change based on situation or the troubleshooting phase. The process of building a computer although short, has a lot to micro manage. Let’s analyze more on how long it takes to build your pc and some tactics to reduce the time it takes to build the computer. 

The steps are as follows:

  1. Research parts that are wanted
  2. Make sure they are compatible with each other
  3. Double check if those parts are within budget
  4. Make sure parts you purchase are what you want

Then finally obtaining all the parts and putting together the computer. It is a good idea to make sure you double check when you receive the parts! The final step, which is troubleshooting, can take the longest. Most of the time problems can arise during this phase of building your computer. Troubleshooting is essentially process of elimination. Going through each issue you might run into and attempting to fix it.

Reduce the Time it Takes Building a Computer

Researching parts usually takes the longest when it comes to building a computer. For instance I remember when first doing research towards parts some of my friends were recommending to me, it took almost 2 weeks just window shopping. 

This is an insane amount of time to invest, especially if wanting to get a computer built right away! That is based on my experience, there are a few things that are needed to be looked at when doing research on parts. 

  • Price
  • Compatibility
  • Part relevance 
  • Check list 

Take into account from above listed items. These will help everyone tremendously in saving some time. Also, do not forget something important such as the type of computer parts. I have that weird kind of OCD where I like to double check or even triple check that I have everything. So this wasn’t too much of an issue for me. But it can be frustrating getting 30 minutes away from home and realizing you forget your wallet! 

On the other had this is a sure way to avoid situations like those, next is laying out the above steps and explain each one more in detail. All of these things support the future research for the computer that you would like to build so be sure to take these things into consideration. 

Build The Computer with Compatible Parts

Equally important is the compatibility for computer parts, it is something I talk about consistently. I actually bring it up in a few different articles because I want to stress the importance of this. For instance I have seen many times where friends spend $2000 or more on a computer. Then later find out their most expensive part doesn’t work with the others. 

After going through not having compatible parts, you now have to wait for the parts time to get the refund. Next they need to do more research on what part will work. Is the price higher or lower than the original? Finally, waiting for the time to receive said part to finish the building process. So much time is spent into this part of researching.

Here are a few things to look at when double checking the compatibility for all computer and computer parts.

  • Check the motherboard CPU socket and compare against your chosen processor.
  • See what RAM the motherboard supports
  • Similarly to the board, see what RAM the CPU can support.
  • Whether or not the motherboard will support an GPU SLI configuration.

These are things that can easily be found in the specs for each individual part. It will explain it by show casing the socket type, or a certain brand name along with a table that will outline those questions that everyone can have answered quickly and painlessly! I cover where to look for some of these things in my part guides so if you want to check that out I will leave a link for you here!

Computer Check List

A Check List is something I will always prioritize for anyone new to building a computer. Even if you are more experienced, it helps a ton! Because let’s be honest with ourselves, it is easy to forget things. Even if you are trying the absolute best to not forget, it will happen at some point. The idea of a computer check list really shaves off hours. This will give you a better experience while building your own computer.

So this gives everyone the opportunity to not only check off things that are needed to be researched so knowing that the item(s) will be done and not to worry about them done, it also allows us to double check EVERYTHING. I like to think of it as a to do list for the day but check list explains it just as good. 

For me the idea of checking off things from a list is much more stimulating visually, and it reminds me twice if I have or haven’t done something. Once by looking at it, and twice by checking it off the list or not checking it. This is great because knowing that the list will need to be double checked just to make sure that everything is done before leaving the house! 

As well as it saves so much time if by chance having to go back and forth trying to find a part and make sure you have it. Always make a check list if you would like to save time when building a computer.

Find Out the Computers Price Before Building It

My last tip is checking the price. This can play a huge role on how much time it takes to build a computer. Maybe a computer seems to cost too much and there is a need to change a part or two.

Obtaining a computer check list and doing some research will prevent from the very beginning with having to backtrack. Having a check list ready and create a guide for yourself so building a computer doesn’t take too much time and more stress. 

The best way to get a price is to have a list and then go over it and add everything up. If it isn’t in the budget just change it slightly to match what you are looking for. There will be a table chart in another article where I list the parts in different categories to help reduce the amount of time looking for what parts you need and prices. Be sure to keep a look out for that!

Know How to Troubleshoot the Computer you Build

A bonus tip here! In short to help reduce the amount of time it takes to building a computer is troubleshooting. I want to give everyone a few ways to be more resourceful when it comes to this phase as it can be the most frustrating. At last the building of your computer and you just want it to turn on but it doesn’t respond one bit. Let me give you a few steps to follow for any situation to help troubleshoot a computer.

  • Find the Problem(computer won’t turn on)
  • Analyze if its external or internal(problem with hardware or do you need to download software)
  • Double Check your work(maybe you did plug something in the right location or forget to download a drive for your computer)
  • Process of elimination(start checking off things you tried that could be the potential problem until you fix it)
  • Stay Clam(this is a hard one even for me, but staying calm will do you wonders)

Hope you guys enjoyed this little bit on how long it takes to build your computer. I want to make sure I answer your questions to help save you time when building your own computer.There is a lot that could go wrong so these are things that will increase the time it takes to build your computer. Good luck with your pc building and bye for now!