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The best part about building your own PC is that you can make a system that's tailored just for you. The two most important questions when planning your build are what you'll be using it for and how much money you can spend on it.
For productivity use and only light gaming, for example, you can build around an attainable CPU with integrated graphics and a motherboard with the essential ports and expansion slots you need. Enthusiast and high-end builders with more to spend, especially gamers and content creators, will want to plan around pricier and higher-performance CPUs, fancier motherboards with cutting-edge connectivity and distinctive style, and powerful, quiet- running graphics cards that can game with realistic image quality and high frame rates. The sky's the limit.
When it's finally time to put together your PC, be sure to find a workspace that's clean and spacious enough for you to lay out all of the components you'll be assembling. Seek out a hard, non-conductive surface, to serve as the foundation of your workspace. Avoid standing on or building on carpeted surfaces that might cause static build-up and discharge, as a static zap could damage your expensive components. Make sure that you have all the tools you need, including small and medium Philips screwdrivers, at hand to tighten the various screws that secure components to one another and to the PC case.
If you're not sure how to assemble your system, carefully read the included manuals for each one, especially the motherboard, before beginning to understand how the various components go together. For extra help, you can even consult online communities like the ASUS PC DIY Facebook group for more specific questions.
With those checks complete, connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to the appropriate ports on your PC and plug the power cable into your power supply. Once that's all done, press the power button on your PC. If all has gone well, you'll be rewarded with a power-on self test (POST) screen and enter into the motherboard's firmware interface.
Once you've installed your operating system, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with a PC that's not just tailored to your unique needs, but also a project you can feel proud of completing on your own. Planning, picking parts, and putting them all together may have seemed intimidating at first, but once it's all done, we think you'll agree that building your own PC is as easy as 1-2-3.