Building Your Own Computer

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(For Geeks Only)
By Joe Callison
21 April 2021

Many of us like the idea of putting together our own computer. Not only is their satisfaction in building something yourself, but you can choose to put more or less money in the parts that you choose for your build depending on their importance to you. Even kids have been able to assemble their own desktop computers from parts these days.

There are many YouTube videos and step-by-step guides on the subject, and articles on choosing the best parts depending on whether you are building a budget or high-performance home/office or gaming computer. Some popular links include:

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-build-a-pc,5867.html

https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXaLc9AYIcg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtALhv22Ltk

Building your own computer has been almost entirely limited to desktop computers because of the lack of standardization in motherboard designs for laptops, which are designed to fit each unique model’s dimensions and arrangement of parts required by the enclosure design. The few options for laptops in the past have been bulky, heavy, and expensive, but this is beginning to change. From a snap-together modular toy-like laptop for school kids or Raspberry Pi kits for hobbyists to a promising new state-of-the-art system to be released this summer, there are more options for laptops than ever.

Kano PC (ideal for young school-age kids)
https://kano.me/us/kano-pc-bb

Clevo Barebones Series (home/office to high performance)
https://rjtech.com/shop/index.php

Eluktronics Build Your Own Laptops (home/office to high performance)
https://www.eluktronics.com/NB50TZ

Framework Laptop (designed to be easily upgradeable/repairable by the user)
https://frame.work/

I am looking forward to seeing what Framework will have to offer and at what prices, and hope they succeed with this new venture.

Posted by Joe Callison

1 comment

Joe,
Two years ago I built a desktop computer. In the past I have replaced/added components such as drives and power supplies. I have replaced/added cards such as sound and graphics cards. After hearing you mention pcpartpicker.com I realized that that website did the hard work for me. The rest was easier.
I have never learned so much about computers in such a short time. I named my computer “My Last” but I had so much fun I may do it again some day.
Chuck Lynn

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