Custom Building a PC

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When you want a powerful PC, one that is able to do multiple heavy tasks, it is probably a good  idea if you custom build your own, since you could make it more powerful and at the same time cheaper than those ready-to-use PCs. Okay, I understand that not all people are that tech-savvy to be building their own PC, but if you somehow like taking risks, maybe you could try doing it, but of course it would help if you had a tech-savvy friend around.

The last PC I built had the following components, which are great for heavy-duty video making and graphic design:

  • Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte UltraDurable 3 (GA-MA78GM-US2H)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 CPU (2.93 GHz & 2.66 GHz Quadcore)
  • Heat Sink Fan: Scythe Zipang SCZP-1000 CPU HSF
  • Memory: Corsair DDR3 6GB Kit Core i7 compatible
  • Hard Drive: WD Velociraptor 300GB HDD
  • Video Card: ASUS ATI Radeon HD 4770 PCI-E
  • Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 610W PSU

And of course, monitor(s), keyboard, and optical mouse are additional things you must have. Be sure your monitors have DVI input. I liked having to use two 24-inch monitors. If you have to use two monitors, you would also need to install the correct drivers so you would be able to use the two as one big screen, and not two separate screens.

Now if for some reason you needed to have two PCs, you would also need a KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse) switch, plus additional cables. This would allow you to switch from one PC to another and view it on the same two screens.

There are resources on the internet which you could utilize as you build your own PC, so refer to them if you ever decide to build one of your own.

Photo Credit: NightRP Star

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6 thoughts on “Custom Building a PC

    Daniel said:
    August 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Ahh… one of my favorite hobbies! Who did you custom build that PC for? I like your choice of components, especially the Antec case (we have the Nine Hundred). I’ve built PCs for myself and my brother and it’s definitely lots of fun. I buy all my components from Newegg.com Some important thing I’ve learned are:
    1) Do your research and read reviews
    2) Make sure all components are compatible with each other and
    3) Don’t spend more than necessary – knowing how fast technology evolves, spend enough for a PC that will last you 2-3 years. It won’t be long before you start upgrading/replacing those parts!

      annasaldivar responded:
      August 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm

      I built that PC at work. Didn’t exactly choose the components myself; it was the senior staff who did 😀 In Canada, NCIX.com is also a good site to buy components from.
      Thanks for sharing, Dan! 🙂

    Ben said:
    October 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Pretty nice high end computer you built there. Do you get to keep it? 🙂

    polsis said:
    October 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

    oi anna..techie kna gle..tahum specs nga PC ba..mga tagpila na man?..hehe

      annasaldivar responded:
      October 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Paul, mahal ah. Hehe.. Indi man ako nagbakal sang parts, ako lang nag assemble 😀

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