Complete Guides to Building a PCEdit

Components (Parts)Edit

Selecting components (general)Edit

Selecting specific componentsEdit

Processors (CPU)Edit


Graphics CardsEdit

Power Supply (PSU)Edit

Hard Drives (HDD)Edit

  • Buy SATA hard/optical drives, not IDE.
  • 3.5 inch, 7200rpm is the best choice.
  • Make sure you are buying those which has the latest SATA version. If you buy older once it means its performance will be reduced at least half.

Solid State Drives (SSD)Edit

  • Do I need an SSD?


  • If you are just doing gaming, you do not need 8GB of RAM (or an I7). No games take up anywhere near that much RAM and almost no games make use of the i7’s hyperthreading abilities. Save your money and get a better graphics card, and upgrade later!



Hardware ReviewsEdit

How to Assemble Your ComputerEdit

Post-Boot TroubleshootingEdit

Other FAQ’sEdit

  • Do I need liquid cooling? Only if you are planning on heavily overclocking should you consider liquid cooling. It is mostly just a huge pain the ass, and is not worth the effort unless you plan on running extremely hot. If you’re a beginner, don’t waste your time. If you’re not planning on OCing, stock cooling is basically A-OK. Source 1. Source 2.
  • What about a gaming laptop? There are differing opinions , but the consensus seems to be that you should buy a cheap netbook and use the rest on a decent desktop.
  • How do I filter dust? Various threads on the subject (Reddit).

How to Ask for HelpEdit

If you want part recommendations, please including the following:

  • Price limit
  • What components you already have - monitor, keyboard, mouse, graphics card, etc.
  • Purpose of the computer - gaming, office work, video/photo editing, development, etc.
  • Any other parameters you want to set:
    • desired gaming resolution
    • quietness
    • portability
    • ability to overclock
    • power consumption
    • etc.

Shopping for Computer PartsEdit