How To Assemble A Desktop PC/Development
This page is for developing sections that will eventually go into the book How To Build A Computer (only if there is enough material present to justify a new subpage).
Places to Find, Compare, and Check Price and Compatibility edit
An online tool that includes several tools for first time or experienced PC builders. The main feature is being able to create part lists. In the part list tool, there are 2 more tools, the wattage estimation tool, and the compatibility checker.
Assemble your PC parts online to build customized Gaming PC.
Tom's Hardware edit
You just finished building your computer, you turn it on, and it doesn't work. This section helps you in case this happens.
The drives act strange edit
Make sure the IDE/ATA cable isn't longer than 18 inches (46 cm).
This could be due to a variety of reasons
- You forgot to connect the power button
- The power cable is loose
- The power is out
- The motherboard is grounded out
- You forgot (on certain motherboards) to connect the 12V 4-PIN cable to the motherboard.
My New Computer Randomly Restarts edit
- Bad UPS, check the voltage rails for your UPS
- Insufficient cooling of components, especially CPU
My New Computer Randomly Shuts Down / Crashes edit
- You have overclocked it above what the processor can do at it's current vcore voltage. Increase the vcore voltage.
- An internal/external cable is loose.
You found your problem component using the above sections, and you need to get a replacement for a part you bought online. This is known as an RMA(Return Merchandise Authorization). This is usually done through either the manufacturer or the store where you bought the item from.
Modding + Decoration edit
So you don't just want to make a computer, you want to show it off. Or maybe you want to do something creative with your computer.
Optimizing the System edit
If you are using a Windows system, you'll probably want to remove useless features and 'tweak' your system. Searching the internet for 'Windows Tweaks' will throw up a load of tweaks. Be warned. Don't do anything crazy and if you are scared-DON'T DO IT!
Build a Laptop edit
Few people know this but let me tell you a little secret- It IS possible to build a laptop/notebook computer. Be warned-It IS more difficult than building a desktop. Heres how:
Getting Parts edit
Here are the parts you will need to make your pride and joy. But before you rush out to get it all, please scroll down to my DISCLAIMER. The parts are:
- A compatible Processer (search with Froogle)
- A compatible storage device (search with Froogle) – as of 2021, it is recommended to install a solid state drive rather than a mechanical hard drive for reasons outlined at Choosing the parts § SSD. The added robustness and reduced power consumption of solid state drives are especially beneficial for portable devices. Hard drives may be used where much storage at a low price is a priority, but external portable hard drives can serve this purpose too.
- Some RAM (search with Froogle)
- WiFi Card (optional unless you have a Centrino notebook)(search with Froogle)
Building It edit
THIS SITE has a good guide on how to make the 'book. (I'm WAY too lazy to type it myself)
- I HATE Going out shopping. If you do too, I have provided links to all the parts to buy online. However:
- These may not ship to your area
- I AM NOT advertising/selling/recommending all these parts!!!
- If anything goes wrong I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE
- Operating System (OS) installation is the same as on a desktop
- Please ensure you read and understand
- These instructions/instructions on links
- The Desktop building instructions in this book
- DO NOT attempt if you have never done a desktop before
- Most important:
- Slag your friends saying- "I can build a laptop computer and you can't-HaHa"
- Enjoy your shiny new handbuilt laptop :)
- If all goes wrong just BUY ONE (see 1b)
Consider getting a laptop with modular and user-replaceable parts such as RAM and storage, which allows later upgrading.
fault-tolerant storage edit
- distributed file systems