You don't need a hammer, a saw, and a garage full of tools to build your own computer. For people interested in computers and the computer field, building your own PC is the ultimate do-it-yourself project, and you don't even need to have a college degree or be an engineer to do the job.

Why build your own PC? The best reason is to craft a system that exactly matches your needs. The next best reason is to save money: With careful shopping, you can build a custom PC for $100 to $200 less than an off-the-shelf system costs. As a bonus, you'll learn a lot about how PCs work by building your own.

But building a complete PC isn't easy for just anyone. One of the biggest advantages of buying an off-the-shelf, name-brand system is having access to one-stop technical support. If you run into trouble with your home-built system, you'll have to figure out how to isolate the problem yourself, or deal with a local computer repair shop which can be costly. You'll also need to spend time researching and buying the components for your system, which can take a while.

But if you're ready to build a customer PC, here's a step-by-step guide to building your own custom PC.




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