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How To Assemble A Desktop PC

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Published: 2004-2007

Building a computer can be a very rewarding experience. Since you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about building your next computer instead of buying one pre-built. This is a very viable option these days and can bring many benefits; you can learn a lot about computer hardware by building one, you get a totally personalized computer, you can choose better components and you may be able to save some money. But even given all of these advantages, there is one really good reason to build instead of buy – because it’s fun.

If you won’t enjoy the process - researching and choosing the parts, opening the boxes, checking that everything is present, assembling it all into a shiny new computer that you designed and built yourself, and that final, trembling moment when you flip the power switch for the first time – if that doesn’t sound like a good time to you, then you’re better off just buying a pre-built computer and getting on with your life.

On the other hand, If you are the sort of person who wants to understand how things work, if you take broken stuff apart just to see how it all fits together, if you have a drawer somewhere full of “parts” you think may come in handy someday, then you just may be in the right place.

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Main topics: desktop PC, choosing the parts, assembly, software, overclocking, silencing