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How to Build a Computer by Hand 4

1.0 Introduction 4

2.0 The Build 4

2.1 Requirements 4

user requirements 4

Low performance. 5

Mid-range performance. 5

High performance 5

2.2 Assembly process 5

Step 1: mount the motherboard 5

Step 2: install the processor on the motherboard. 6

Step 3: install the RAM. 6

Step 4: install the graphics card 6

Step 5: install the hard drive(s) 6

Step 6: install optical drives. 6

Step 7: mount the power supply port.. 6

Step 8: plug all the cords into their respective slots 6

3.0 Conclusion 7

References………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8

Howto Build a Computer by Hand1.0IntroductionComputershave become an essential element in the modern world because they arereadily available, affordable, easy to use and efficient. A computercan be purchased over the counter depending on a person’s needs. However, there is an option of taking up the challenge to buyseparate parts and assemble the computer by hand. This can be adaunting task for a first-timer but only basic knowledge is requiredwith a proper guide in hand for guidance through the assembly processthat will at the end be seen as a great adventure and will save oncosts.Thispaper aims to take the reader through the process of building adesktop computer at their own convenience. It will begin byidentifying the parts needed and go through the assembly process tothe point where the computer is fully functional.2.0The Build2.1RequirementsThefirst thing to do before building a computer like any other challengeis planning. A builder should consider their needs to determine theideal performance level and in turn the necessary parts required tobuild such a machine. Performance can be divided into three:Lowperformance this can be used for simple pc usage such as watchingvideos, web browsing and reading. They require low capital of between$200 and $400 and have little power usage.Mid-rangeperformance: this machine suits majority of computer users who use islike the users above but with provision for some gaming and heaviersoftware at a cost of around $300 to $700.Highperformance: these machines serve users who want to use it forrecourse-intensive operations such as playing heavy games andconverting large videos. They use a lot of electricity and could cost$700 and beyond to build.Theparts needed for the build are a CPU case, processor, motherboard,RAM, graphics card, hard drive(s), optical drive, power supply,monitor, keyboard, mouse and other optional parts such as a Wi-Ficard, SD card reader, Bluetooth card and a webcam. These parts shouldbe purchased with reference to the desired performance level andcost.2.2Assembly processTheassembly process is divided into 8 steps as discussed belowStep1: mount the motherboard, which is a rectangular metal plate on theports of an I/O shield which should be in the same package. The holeson the motherboard and screw holes in the case should line upStep2: install the processor on the motherboard. A gold arrow on boththe processor and motherboard act as a guidance on how they shouldmerge. Set a cooler, in the same package, on top of the processorthat should lock in place.Step3: install the RAM stick in RAM sockets with a gentle push.Step4: install the graphics card at the topmost slot by replacing asimilar looking plate at the back of the case and screw-in thebrackets.Step5: install the hard drive(s) by sliding it into its bay on the caseand screw it in. multiple drives can be mounted.Step6: install optical drives on the case opening and screw it in.Step7: mount the power supply port. Some come already mounted on the casebut if not, install it in provisions at the back with the fan facingoutside.Step8: plug all the cords into their respective slots with the help oftheir manuals that should ideally be in the packaging.3.0ConclusionAftereverything is plugged in screw in the rest of the casing then plugthe computer into a power socket. Turn it on, install a desiredoperating system, hardware drivers and software then enjoy the workof your hands.References Baek, Kang-Hyun. &quotThree-Dimensional Self-Assembled Photonic Crystal Waveguide.&quot (2010). Chambers, Mark L. Build Your Own Pc for Dummies: Do-it-yourself. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley, 2009. Khwaja, J. &quotA design for parts storage/ feeding in PC board assembly.&quot Journal of manufacturing systems (1990). Owens, John D, et al. &quotA survey of general-purporse computation on graphics hardware.&quot Computer graphics forum (2007). Singh, Vishnu P. PC Assembling. New Delhi: Computech Publications, 2008.