How to build a desktop

What will I need?

If you ever looked at buying a new desktop, you might notice how expensive one costs. One alternative is to instead build your own desktop. Even though this might sound intimidating, it is quite doable by anyone. The first thing you must determine though is how you will be being using your desktop. If you plan on running intense processes, then it might be smart to build a desktop because it will allow you to buy the parts toward your specific needs. Another advantage of building a desktop is upgradability. By building your desktop, you can upgrade pieces as the years go on while keeping pieces that do not need to be upgraded. If you buy a prebuild desktop, you might find it difficult to upgrade individual pieces. Assuming you are going to build a desktop, here are the parts you will need.


The CPU is one of the first pieces you will look at. The CPU is responsible for controlling tasks and determines how they will be accomplished.


The motherboard will help connect every piece together. It will also determine how much RAM you can fit into your computer.


You will want anywhere from 2 GB to 8 GB of RAM. Most put an upper limit on RAM at around 16 GB because anything more usually is not necessary.

Graphics Processing Unit

This component is necessary if you know you will be running processes that will require intense graphic processing. However, you do not need it otherwise.


The main thing about storage is determining how much you will need and if you want a solid-state drive (SSD). SSD is more expensive but allows things held on it to load faster. For most people, you probably will want somewhere around 250GB to 500GB of total storage.

Power Supply

This is one piece of equipment you do not want to go cheap on. A power supply that is too weak for your desktop will make the whole system not work. Buy one that is guaranteed to keep your system running.


Finally, you will need something to hold all these components. That comes in the form of a case. Generally, your options will be either metal or plastic. I recommend investing into a nice case that will never need to be upgraded, but you can go cheap if necessary. However, that will mean that you most likely will need to invest into another case at some point in the future.