Picture of How to build a Custom PC (UPDATED!!)
Alright, so it's MrNintendo again. I've dropped pretty much all of my modding (except for case mods and stuff) and switched to computer design/upgrade/repair. I've seen a few Instructables on how to build a computer, but they don't really explain everything well. This is more of my area of expertise, so if there are any questions among those of you who are reading this Instructable, please leave them in the comments and I'll get to them as soon as I can. Also, I do not know everything there is to know about computers, so if those of you reading this feel that I may have left something out, send me a message or add it to the comments and I'll edit it in as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Alright guys, this is what you will be seeing when I have posted an update in the steps. No update on the intro though...

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools needed:
1) anti-static wrist strap - found on many electronics websites and in most Radioshacks
2) screwdrivers - phillips and flat head (different sizes will help)
3) Arctic Silver 5 (or any other thermal grease) - only needed for those of you who are using a custom cooling system (air or water) or using a non-retail processor
4) rubbing alcohol, lint-free cloth, paper towel/napkin/whatever works - to clean the processor and heatsink contact plates (optional)
5) a pair of tweezers - just in case a small part or piece happens to drop into a small or tight space
6) power supply tester - don't want your new computer to short circuit b/c of a faulty power supply
7) extra fan screws - just in case ;) (no pun intended)
8) and most importantly... a little common sense... okay maybe more than a little

Anything that you will need to modify a component or part of a component to make it work/fit correctly
David973 years ago
Anything that you will need to modify a component or part of a component to make it work/fit correctly'

M choise, a hammer.
komo.tan6 years ago
Sorry, I meant to ask how best to procure w Os. OEM version seems to be cheaper , though with certain limitations, I believe. Second question holds because W Vista is not what it has been hiked out to be. I am on Vista Home Premium that came preloaded with OEM; who even required purchasers to burn their own rescue disks.
MrNintendo (author)  komo.tan4 years ago
OEM is basically retail, without the retail packaging... with one main difference. When you use an OEM product key, that key is then "set" to your computer's hardware. You will not be able to install it on any other computer, even if you deactivate it on your current one. That's why retail is more costly, because you can MOVE the installation from computer to computer.

Understood that people need to burn their own rescue discs, it's their option to do it or not.
Thank you. Have a good year ahead.
dawson20094 years ago
how much did the entire build cost you?
MrNintendo (author)  dawson20094 years ago
It cost me roughly 800 USD. That was two years ago, so building one in the same performance range would be much cheaper now. But in hindsight, I shouldn't have spent that much on one anyways.
ctm535 years ago
I am just asking but, why did you put your brand new pc on the carpet where there is alot of static??????

Just wondering?
ctm53 ctm535 years ago
Wait thats not carpet srry
MrNintendo (author)  ctm535 years ago
Well, yeah it's carpet, but I didn't build it on the carpet...
bstrunk6 years ago
The Anti-Static wrist band should be connected to a grounded metal source, not the motherboard which is ungrounded in step 4. You will not protect your components from the possible hazards of ESD by attaching the strap as seen in the photograph.
MrNintendo (author)  bstrunk6 years ago
It is true that you need to attach it to a grounded source, but notice that I have the motherboard sitting on its anti-static bag to ground it. Basically it's an alternative ground until you remove the motherboard from the bag.
MrNintendo (author)  MrNintendo6 years ago
Also, you attach it to the motherboard so that way you do not have any static discharge when installing the processor and/or RAM.
Not trying to be nit-picky or start an argument, but I am afraid that you are incorrect. The anti-static bag only protects items inside a sealed bag. The bag itself has no grounding properties itself, but it does create a protective field for items held within a sealed bag. Simply put, attaching the clip to that bag has no effect whatsoever on the relative grounding of an individual.

MrNintendo (author)  bstrunk6 years ago
I'm not trying to start an argument either. And it does make more sense when you put it that way. I'm just saying that this is the way that my CES 111 teacher taught us. I knew how to build a computer in the first place, but I didn't know that the anti-static bag wasn't... well, anti-static on the outside, but I understand it now, thanks for clearing that up for me.
sageserver6 years ago
is that motherboard ATX? If so what size is the case? thats a giant case.
MrNintendo (author)  sageserver6 years ago
Yes it's an full ATX motherboard. The case size is an ATX full tower, capable of housing an E-ATX motherboard.
MrNintendo (author)  MrNintendo6 years ago
Oh, meant to say that I wouldn't recommend this case to any beginner, yes it is huge, but the thing ways over 40 pounds with no components installed in it.
komo.tan6 years ago
Assuming you are using W Vista, which Edition , please ? How about waiting for W 7 ?
MrNintendo (author)  komo.tan6 years ago
I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit.
MrNintendo (author)  MrNintendo6 years ago
And yes, I am awaiting Windows 7, but I won't be getting it until at least half a year after it is released. This way Microsoft has times to fix a few bugs in the OS and release a service pack.