How to Make a PC

Introduction: How to Make a PC


We are going through this instruction set to learn how to build a personal computer. These instructions are a general walkthrough on where to put specific components, so you should have parts already chosen and ready to assemble. By the end of this instruction set, you should have a completed working PC ready to work!

List of Parts:




· Case


· Network Card

· Monitor (preferably with HDMI connections)

· Storage (HDD/SSD

· Motherboard

· Case fans

· Thermal Paste

· Screwdriver

· Zip Ties

· Operating System drive (OS)

Step 1: Assemble Motherboard

o Insert GPU into correct PCI slot.

o Insert Network Card into correct PCI slot. (Make sure you detach the antennae before putting in case)

o Insert RAM into memory slots. Put the memory sticks in alternating order, not right next to each other. This is a convention to utilize dual channel memory. The computer will work if you do not follow this convention, but is not recommended to do so.

o Insert CPU into the processor socket.

o Install heatsink on top of the CPU, be sure to correctly apply thermal paste.

Step 2: Install PSU

Install Power Supply (PSU) into the case. Use a screwdriver to secure it into place.

Step 3: Install Assembled Motherboard

Install completed motherboard into the case

Step 4: Connect Wires

Attach correct power cables from the PSU to the different components in the computer (different GPUs use different power cables, some don’t require a cable at all and use power directly from the motherboard).

Step 5: Install Storage Drives and Fans

Install storage drives (HDD or SSD) and attach correct cables from the drives to the motherboard

Attach fans to the ventilation sides of the case.

Step 6: Connect Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse

Connect Monitor using the video port. (HDMI or VGA etc)

Connect Keyboard and Mouse in the USB ports.

Step 7: Power on the PC

Power the computer on to see if it runs. If it does, turn it off and proceed to the next step.

Step 8: Install OS

Insert the OS drive and power on the PC. Follow the instructions on the monitor to install the OS.

Step 9: Conclusion

After you set up your OS, you should be able to start using your PC and, depending on your parts, you can start streaming, playing video games, editing videos, or whatever else you have in mind!

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    3 years ago

    If we're being completely honest here, this instructable is the equivalent of; Step 1. Purchase an engine for your car. Step 2. Place engine in car and secure with appropriate bolts. Step 3. Connect cables from car to correct points on engine. Step 4. Connect battery to engine. Step 5. Turn car on and see if it runs... etc. Your instructable is not incorrect, but it is highly inconclusive.

    There are many variables in each and every step of building a computer. It would be almost impossible to complete a successful build of a working computer with such basic instructions. Your drawings make a fair amount of sense to me, because I've done this a few times. But for someone attempting this for the first time, there would very likely be some confusion.

    There are also some basic safety considerations you have not mentioned, like wearing a static discharge strap. Some people say it's not necessary - this is likely because they have not yet lost an expensive piece of hardware due to static discharge.

    Perhaps you could include some basic handling instructions such as; Don't touch the pins in the CPU socket or the contacts on the CPU. Be sure to align the keyholes, or you may crack the edge of the CPU. Don't 'wiggle' parts into PCI sockets, or you may crack the pins or damage the socket. Be careful when inserting PCI cards, especially large GPU cards, as the bracket may touch and scratch the motherboard.

    There's a lot that can easily be done the wrong way here. You could review your instructions and include not only the 'steps' you took to put your computer together, but the things you had to consider when doing each step. You might find your instructable is 5 times longer, and a lot more helpful to someone who hasn't put a computer together before.

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 years ago

    Lots of great directions! Do you have a picture of a PC you've built?