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Learn how to build a custom pc computer with this easy to follow guide

Interested in learning how to build your own custom pc computer? Follow our easy, step-by-step instructional guide designed to teach you what parts you need and how to install hardware for your new pc computer.

  1. Getting Started
  2. A List of Everything you Will Need
  3. Choosing Your Parts and Operating System
  4. Your Workspace
  5. Preparing the Case
  6. Power Supply Installation
  7. Preparing the Motherboard
  8. CPU and Heatsink Installation
  9. Memory Installation
  10. Motherboard Installation
  11. Connect Case Cables to Motherboard
  12. Install Video Card
  13. Connect Power Supply to Motherboard
  14. Quick Power up Test
  15. Install the Hard Drive and Floppy Drive
  16. Install CD-Rom and/or DVD Drive
  17. Connect Internal Cables
  18. Connect External Cables
  19. First Boot
  20. BIOS Setup
  21. Preparing the Hard Drive for the OS
  22. Install the Operating System
  23. Update Drivers
  24. Recommendations After You Are Done
  25. Troubleshooting Your New Computer

You can also learn more about computing in the computer articles section, browse the site for computer parts, view tutorials on PC hardware, and get troubleshooting help if you are having problems.

A complete list of computer parts needed to build your pc computer

Before jumping straight into how to build a computer, we have to talk about what parts you’re going to need and what computer parts are optional.

First, you’ll need tools to install your new computer parts

Belkin 36-Piece Demagnetized Computer Tool Kit  with Case (Black)Belkin offers a great 36-piece kit with all the tools needed to build and maintain your computer. Each tool is demagnetised to ensure your hard drive will not accidentally become damaged. This 36-piece kit includes everything from Phillips and flat head screwdrivers to tweezers for collected those lost, dropped screws as well as a easy to handle carrying case.

Click here to purchase the Belkin 36-piece computer tool kit on Amazon for $20.44


If this Belkin kit doesn’t interest you, you can find a few other recommended tools below to get you started on your computer build project.


Parts list for building a budget-friendly pc computer

You may be building a custom pc computer because you’re on a budget and cannot afford a full computer package, or you may be building a basic computer for a school project. No matter the reason here is a complete list of parts you’ll need to build a basic computer for under $400.

Optional Computer Parts and Accessories

  • Speakers $8.49
  • Floppy Drive $21.75
  • Video Card (If there is no on-board video or you are building a gaming machine) $139.99
  • Sound Card (if there is no on-board sound or you want high quality surround sound) $26.99
  • Modem (Used for a dial up internet connection if you are not going with Cable or DSL) $68.99
  • Power Strip (Highly Recommended) $8.49
  • Printer $56.73
  • Scanner $50.91

Selecting the perfect case for your computer

The award winning $54.00 Sentey gaming case is engineered for the extreme gamer or graphic designer. It comes with three 120mm fans, located on the top, back and front, with fan speed controls on the front panel to maintain optimum temperature.

The Sentey gaming case surpasses all our expectations with plenty of room for hardware and upgrades. It is recommended you use the Sentey Power Supply with this case.

Click here to purchase the Sentey Gaming Case on Amazon for $54.00

Here are a few other recommended cases to get you started on building your own pc computer:



As we continue along, make sure to stay calm and be patient. Forcing together the computer or missing a step will only lead to frustration as you build the computer. If you are a handyman, or have a natural ability to work with your hands or electronics then this should be easy for you.

Above we have listed the basic things needed to get you started. Next we will talk about the different computer parts, how to select the right ones, and which operating system to choose.

Step 3: How To Build A Computer: Choosing Your Parts and Operating System

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