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March 18th, 2007

If you think assembling your own PC is an impossible task, think again. With the way components are being designed today, anybody with hands can build their own desktop.

Of course, the easiest task would be to hunt for a monitor. Thats a peripheral that you wont and shouldnt be assembling. And dont you even dare try to learn how to create a CRT or LCD panel. Even the machines at Samsung are having a hard time making one.

The next step, and probably the most exciting one, is picking the right case for your PC. The most popular ones are the tower casings. There are various designs for tower tops. It can even be customized according to your preferences. There are also mini or micro casings. However, if youre new to assembling, then I suggest that you try the tower tops first. Its easy to install components in them because theres a lot of room for your hands to maneuver. Its also easy to open, thereby making adding or removing components convenient.

And now on to the peripherals. I guess Ive already told you before that the mother of all PC components is the motherboard. Your computer would run without sound cards or even hard drives, but it can never come to life without a motherboard. Almost every peripheral is dependent and connected to it. Theres no hard and fast rule in picking the right motherboard. It all depends upon the processor that you like. Every processor is supported by a different chipset or motherboard. An AMD Athlon chip wont run on motherboards that support Intel Pentium processors. So make sure that you got the right motherboard for your processor or vice versa.

With regard to processors, the general rule is to pick the latest and fastest one. However, if youre budget conscious, then you could buy one that would fit your needs. For example, if you wont be using your unit to play games or perform various multimedia tasks, then an Intel Celeron or AMD Sempron would already do. Theyre cheaper than the Athlon or Core 2 Duo. However, if you want a lean, mean, gaming machine, then you should seriously opt for the latter two.

While modems and LAN cards are not necessarily needed in order for a computer to run, theyre basically unavoidable necessities. Almost everything is connected to the Internet. Youll be missing out on a lot of things if you dont have access to cyberspace. Quite frankly, your computer might be virtually useless without an Internet connection. The famous biblical verse that no man is an island is almost squarely applicable to this case.

Sound and video cards are not basically indispensable, too. Most motherboards already have built-in graphics and sound engines. However, if your motherboard has none, then theyre definitely must-haves.

I know that Ive said a while ago that your computer could still come to life without a hard drive. It would be virtually in a comatose state without this primary storage device. Windows wont run on a VCD or DVD disk. While you could use DOS, youre computer wont be able to do much when running on it. Pick a hard drive that has a large capacity and a fast RPM as well. Seagate and Maxtor are among the famous and most trusted brands in the storage industry.

Optical drives are a must, too. You wont be able to install applications without them. Gone are the days when installation media are in the form of floppy disks. VCDs and DVDs are the ones being used today.

The tools that you need to be able to assemble a PC are not that hard to use. If youre familiar with a screwdriver, then you have nothing to worry about. Most of the components come with an installation manual, so its very unlikely that youll be clueless in your undertaking. Dont lose the installation disks that come along with the package. They contain the device drivers which ensure that the peripheral would run or work with the OS. In case you lost them, dont fret. Just look for a device driver finder on the Internet and install the applications that it recommends and offers.

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