Putting together a computer can save you a lot of money and give you an opportunity to build a computer with the specs that you have full control of. Although you can buy an already-built computer, hands-on experience is always rewarding. You can get all parts separately from any computer store. Also, every component comes with detailed instructions and drivers which make the process a lot easier.
Before you start. Make a list of all the components you need. Get a clear picture of what kind of computer you want and make sure that all components are compatible with each other. When you buy a computer case, make sure it has enough ventilation and comes with installed power supply. There are not very many components you need to get: a motherboard, a processor, a hard drive, a CD/DVD ROM, RAM memory, and an optional video and sound card. Also make sure you have a monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse. Choose according to your budget and your needs.
During installation. While putting all components together, avoid static electricity. Before touching any parts, touch a piece of metal to discharge. A small spark can completely ruin sensitive parts. Follow the instructions of each individual component.
After installation. When all components are installed, start the machine. The computer must pass POST test (Power On Self Test). Usually it’s a single beep when everything is in working order, but different manufacturers have different standards. Refer to the table of codes, where you can diagnose a problem based on the number and types of beeps. Access BIOS to tune up your computer; after that you are ready to install OS of your choice. Don’t forget to run CDs that came with your components to install proper drivers. It is also a good idea to check manufacturers’ websites for latest updates.