The 12 Days of Building a Computer



Disclaimer: it took me several hours – not 12 days – to build a computer from scratch.

I’ve enjoyed building computers for several years, and recently had the opportunity to build one for a friend. Building a computer from scratch is a neat opportunity, because it allows for a unifying component selection process (ideally) resulting in a balanced system. I decided to take this opportunity to document the entire process from start to finish – from assembling the components together to the finishing software updates.

The “12 days” format that I will be using to present this is purely coincidental – and the above photo is a play off of Apple’s freebie give-away app for iOS. But since the process took several hours from start to finish, that’s a lot to cram into one blog entry or tutorial video. So, I’ve broken it down into sensible chunks that will allow me to spread the wealth of knowledge over the 12 days of Computer Christmas.

Here’s the line-up:

  1. Introduction & Component Overview
  2. CPU, RAM, & Motherboard
  3. Power Supply Install
  4. Hard Drive, SSD, and Optical Drive
  5. Motherboard Install
  6. Graphics Card & Wrap Up
  7. BIOS Configuration
  8. Windows Install
  9. Drivers
  10. Applications
  11. Testing
  12. Optimizations

These daily posts will begin Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 (Christmas Day) and extend through Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

So stay tuned!


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