If you are an experienced computer user, you might be able to save a lot of money by building your own sleek aluminium computer. By shopping around for the right components and using your own expertise, you can create a top quality computer you can use for years. Knowing the exact make-up of the computer also makes troubleshooting easier, allowing you to fix any problems that arise quickly and efficiently.
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Things you need
- Aluminium case
- Hard drive
- DVD burner
Purchase an aluminium case in either a tower or a desktop design. A desktop configuration will take up less space, but it will be harder to work on the components inside. A tower computer case gives you more room to work inside the case, but it will take up more room on your desk as well.
Lay the case flat on the desk or workstation and install the motherboard. Push the motherboard into position within the case and secure it with the included screws.
Add the memory modules to the motherboard by pushing gently but firmly until the modules snap into place and the retaining clips come up to hold them in place. Be sure to use memory modules recommended by the motherboard manufacturer. You can find a list of recommended memory modules at the website of the motherboard maker.
Slide the hard drive into the top bay on the aluminium case. Always buy the largest and fastest hard drive you can afford -- this will save you money in the long run since you will not have to upgrade as quickly. These days even drives over one terabyte often sell for less than £65.
Secure the hard drive to the drive bay with screws, and then attach one end of the ribbon cable to the back of the drive and the other end to the hard drive connector on the motherboard. The hard drive connector is marked on the motherboard to make it easier to find. Attach the cable from the power supply inside the computer case to the power connector on the back of the hard drive.
Slide the DVD burner into the next drive bay and secure it with screws. Attach one end of the ribbon cable to the back of the burner and the other end to the appropriate slot on the motherboard. Run the power cable from the power supply to the back of the DVD burner.
Tips and warnings
- Watch the sales at bargain hunting sites on the Internet. This will allow you to pick up components at excellent prices.
- Consider building two computers at once, using those bargain components you found on sale. Build one for yourself, and one to sell. This will reduce your costs and give you more experience.
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