Oct 11th 2012

Know How... 15

To Build a PC

Build your own PC! Find out how to pick components and put together your own custom machine.
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Build your own PC! Find out how to pick components and put together your own custom machine. This is a project that every nerd should try - building your own PC. The first thing you should figure out is how you want to use your machine. Chad Johnson volunteered his system for our episode and he wanted a very powerful video editing and gaming station. The skills you learn in this episode work with any kind of PC - from a budget PC to a gaming rig. Chad also wanted his machine to be a hackintosh eventually. His main resource was TonyMacx86. The site tests out all kinds of components to make sure they will work with Mac OS X. Here is a complete list of the parts Chad used for his machine: PCPartPicker. To figure out how big a power supply you’ll need, use a power supply calculator. If you plan to expand your system over time, get more power than is recommended. Building a PC is actually surprisingly straightforward. Every area of the motherboard is labelled and its instruction manual will have a detailed map. Here’s how we went about building our PC: - Install the processor on the motherboard. - Install motherboard into case. - Install the heat sink. First applying a small amount of thermal paste on the processor (about the size of a pea, but no larger) in the center and place the heat sink on top. The heat sink will spread the paste along the processor. - Install the power supply. - Route power cables to components. - Connect the rest of the cables (SATA cables, etc). - Install your RAM, graphics card, and hard drive. It’s relatively difficult to mess up the install as components only fit a certain way into the motherboard. If there is resistance, stop and check what you’re doing. Download or subscribe to this show at twit.tv/kh. Contribute to our show! Send us show ideas and more via email at knowhow@twit.tv or leave us a voicemail at 408-800-KNOW (408-800-5669). Thanks to Cachefly for the bandwidth for this show.