Building a PC is not a hard process like people thing. There are a few components to keep in mind when making your purchase. There are desktops that come pre built where you can go ahead and purchase them but when you build your PC yourself, you can build it the way you want with the customisation you want. Desktops are usually better for homes and offices where you prefer to stay in one place. Further desktops are usually more powerful than their laptop counterparts. Usually low end desktop hardware can match at least a midrange laptop. They may be large but it’s backed up by performance.
Even after building you will have to install software like the OS, anti virus software, video player, Microsoft Office etc. These too will have to be purchased but there are some that are available for free.
The processor is known as the brain of the computer. It does all the heavy lifting and number crunching required. Usually processors are available in many ranges. The most commonly used are the i3, i5 and i7 processors. I3 is the cheapest out of all with the least performance. Then it is followed by the i5 and the i7. The best value for money is the i5 processor which is good enough for any task unless you’re doing heavy gaming, then an i7 may be required.
The motherboard is like flesh and bone that connects everything together. Watch what motherboard you’re getting because the number of ports differ from board to board. Further power requirements are also different.
The storage is required to store all your data. It stores basically everything from the OS, anti virus protection to music and videos. This is basically one of the most important components depending on what you’re saving. Even when the computer breaks you may be able to save the data in your storage drive. You will have to choose between SSD and HDD. SSD’s are faster than HDD’s but perform much faster. This will depend on your budget. You can get a hybrid drive which utilises both HDD and SSD.
Graphics processing unit
You can either use an onboard GPU which are weak but more than enough for general tasks. Other than gaming or heavy video editing, the onboard graphic card would do just fine. In case if you’re planning on gaming you may have to look at offerings by Nvidia and AMD.
Memory is needed to keep things running simultaneously. The more memory you have the better the multitasking and many applications can run at once. Usually 8GB is considered adequate memory in most scenarios.
All your PC components need power to run. The power supply should be based on each components power component. Don’t buy a power supply that’s less than the requirements of the PC. Buy one with a little extra so that you can add more memory and still run the PC.
The case is the last component. The case is the house that covers all components. It helps with the cooling and keeps the components safe.