Foreword

For more than a decade, I dreamed of one day building my own computer with the exact specification of components I wanted in it. The dream started when I read a tutorial from a now-defunct computer magazine about building your own computer. At the time, this felt like an impossible task, even if I had all the components I needed right in front of me.

I mean, I’ve had several years of experience with opening up various types of computers from desktop computers to various laptop computers and upgrading components inside of them, but never had I built a whole new system from scratch. That is now about to change over the coming weeks. Further temptation to carry out a project like this came from word of mouth partly from an old next neighbor who boasted about the computer system he built and an old college friend who I would sometimes spend a good few minutes listening to whilst he told me about his custom built computer system and all of the technical terms and details of the various aspects of it all.

Reading various accounts of people’s experiences of building their own computers has helped dispel the myth for me that building computers is risky, or in any way difficult or complicated. If you can put together a model with LEGO pieces, you should be able to put together a PC from parts. It’s dead easy, almost like snapping together so many LEGO bricks.

Having said that, I understand that building computers isn’t for everybody. There are lots of other things you might want to do with your time, like, say, spending time with your children, or watching that sci-fi series on Netflix. That’s why people buy pre-assembled computers from the big companies like Dell. But if you need exact control over exactly what’s inside your PC and if you desire a deeper understanding of how the hardware fits together and works, then building a PC is a fun project to take on. You can easily match or beat the big PC manufacturer’s prices in most cases, while building a superior system — and learn a lot along the way, too.

Here’s a selection of some of the parts that I ordered from Amazon for this big project.

AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 2x 16GB DDR4 RAM, 2x 500GB Crucial SSD, 120GB SanDisk SSD, B450 Aorus motherboard, 750 watts power supply, Cooler Master CPU Cooler.

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