Tag: Computers

Building Computers

You can save the thirty percent or more that custom shops charge for labor by building your own gaming rig. It can easily mean $300 that stays in your pocket to be used later for games, a better monitor, or whatever you want.

Is it hard to build a gamer?

The answer is “no”. Often, I’ve told people “There are only eleven major parts in a computer. Most of them snap together, or plug in. If you can connect just eleven items, then you can build a computer.”

Of course, a gamer does have differences from a general purpose computer. That’s what makes it a gamer. But does that make it harder to build?

Let’s say you want to build a Crossfire system with two graphics cards. It isn’t any harder to plug two graphics cards into their slots than to install one. Nor is it more difficult to install a dual core CPU. The chip drops into a zero insertion force slot. Push the lever down and it’s clamped into place. That’s it. A dual core system goes together just like a single core.

How about a big, fast hard drive? Again, there’s nothing different about how it goes in. Four screws hold it to the chassis. There’s a ribbon cable that connects it to the motherboard, and a line running to the power supply. Four screws, two plugs, and the installation is done.

Does all the cabling worry you? Almost all of the cables and wires you’ll hook up have plugs that are “keyed”, meaning they can only be inserted one way. To put it bluntly, they’re idiot proof. You can’t turn a power plug upside down so that electricity goes to the wrong post. It won’t fit that way.