Is Building A PC Hard? (In-Depth Guide)

Building your first PC can seem intimidating at first, like most things someone is new to, this remains true. The thing with building a PC, once you understand how each component works, and where they belong, building a PC is actually quite trivial. In this post, we’re going to go over everything about each component so you can get a deep understanding.

Building a PC usually involves you purchasing the components, not all components are compatible with each other, but we’re definitely going to get into that further down the post. But the key components when building a PC are the Motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, PC Case, Power Supply, Storage, Fans, and coolers.

Answer: To answer your question, building a PC isn’t hard, but you cannot jump into building a PC without first understanding each and every component. If you attempt to build a PC without taking time to understand things, you can potentially break, or end up with incompatible PC parts.

Everything About The Motherboard

everything about the motherboard

The motherboard is the component that connects everything together, this includes the GPU, CPU, RAM, & Storage. It also creates a way for these components to communicate with each other, for example, the CPU will communicate with the RAM a lot. The motherboard will also have PCI-E slots that’ll hold components such as the GPU, Sounds cards, and wifi cards. Also, there are PCIE slots for M.2 drives.

The choice of the motherboard has a huge impact on the direction your PC build will go, there are a few things you must consider before purchasing a motherboard. Smaller motherboards will usually have lesser PCI-E slots, and DIMM slots, basically less upgradability. Whereas larger motherboards are often better for multiple GPU setups, and builds that require a lot of RAM.

Not all motherboards are the same, for example, some motherboards will have more or fewer features than others. The reason for motherboards having different features is because they most likely have a different chipset. We will get into the motherboard chipset down below, but the chipset varies between AMD and Intel motherboards.

The Motherboard Form Factor

Motherboard form factors

The size of the motherboard is quite important, we refer to the size of the motherboard as a form factor. The form factor of the motherboard will dictate what cases it can go in. If you have a really large motherboard, there is physically no way it’ll fit in a mini-ITX case.

However, small motherboards can fit in huge cases such as EATX cases, this is because all motherboards conform to the ATX standard. So Mini-ATX motherboards will have the same mounting point locations as every other ATX motherboard.

As previously stated, the motherboard form factor will have certain limitations regarding PCI-E slots and DIMM slots. Standard-ATX motherboards can have up to 8 memory slots, whereas Mini-ATX motherboards have a maximum of 2 memory slots. Also, if you’re looking for motherboards that support WiFi natively, then you’re more likely to find it with Mini-ATX motherboards.

Form FactorDimensions(length x width)Supported Cases Screw Holes
Extended-ATX305 x 330 mmEATX Cases
Standard-ATX305 x 244 mmFull/Mid ATX Cases
Micro-ATX244 X 244 mmFull/Mid/Micro ATX Cases
Mini-ATX150 x 150 mmFull/Mid/Micro/Mini ATX Cases

CPU Socket Compatibility

Before you even think about buying a motherboard, you should have the choice of the processor in mind, this will save you from buying processors that you don’t want. Selecting your processor first will narrow your motherboard selection down to a specific socket, making selecting the motherboard easier.

An example of a CPU socket would be LGA 1151, this stands for land grid array, and there are 1151 pins located in the socket. Each of these 1151 pins will be in direct contact with the CPU which will also have 1151 contact points. So, fitting an LGA1151 CPU in an LGA 1200 or 1700 is physically impossible, trying to do so will end up damaging either the CPU or motherboard.

AMD motherboards are also entirely different from Intel motherboards, AMD motherboards are PGA-based which stands for pin grid array. So, the socket on the motherboard has the contact points, and the CPU will have the pins. There are many ways to find out whether your CPU is compatible with your motherboard, you can use PCPARTPICKER or check the specifications of the CPU or motherboard.

What Is The Motherboard Chipset

The motherboards chipset is responsible for how each and every component communicates with each other, you must also ensure it’s compatible with your processor. Having the wrong chipset can mean your processor will go undetected by the BIOS despite the socket being compatible. The only way to circumvent this issue is to modify/update the BIOS so the chipset can detect the new CPU.

With regards to a motherboard’s chipset, they don’t all operate the same as different chipsets will have different features. Some chipsets may allow for overclocking, and some may not, so you should be careful when picking up a motherboard. As you can imagine already, the more expensive motherboards have the more advanced chipsets aka better features.

So, if you’re certain you’re not going to be overclocking or using certain features, you can actually save quite a bit of money going with a chipset that doesn’t support these features. If you purchase a non “k” variant Intel processor, you’re better off going with a motherboard that doesn’t support overclocking.

Motherboard Manufacturers/Brands

Finally, if you’re looking for the best motherboard brands, there are quite a few you should be paying attention to. With motherboard brands, they have support for different features within the BIOS, and some may be more user friendly. But with most brands within the PC building space, it mostly comes down to personal preference.

No brands are necessarily better than others in terms of performance, but there are a few reputable motherboard brands you should consider. When buying a motherboard, the best thing to do is compare warranties, BIOS features, BIOS Releases, and RGB, go for what suits you the most. Besides that, here are some reputable motherboard brands:

  • Gigabyte
  • MSI
  • ASUS
  • EVGA
  • ASROCK

Everything About The CPU

everything about the cpu

The CPU(Processor) or the Central Processing Unit is often referred to as the brain of the computer, it’s responsible for processing system instructions and operations. This is most likely going to be the first component you’ll pick when picking components for your PC.

Technically everything should revolve around your CPU’s processing ability, gaming builds will use a processor in a different way compared to a video editing build. Gaming builds will mainly benefit from single-core performance whereas video editing builds will mainly benefit from the core count.

Once you understand what type of PC build you want, picking a processor can be pretty straightforward. But before you select a processor, you should probably understand important performance metrics such as clock speeds, IPC, and core count.

Is The CPU Clock Speed Important?

The processor’s clock speed refers to how many times it’ll cycle per second, so if you have a processor clocked at 5GHz, the CPU will cycle 5 billion times per second. CPUs are mostly measured in GHz(Gigahertz), hertz which is equivalent to one cycle per second, and Giga meaning billion.

Clock speed is often used to gauge the single-core performance of a processor, but the clock speed can often be misleading. Older processors with the same clock speed as a newer processor will still be massively outperformed in single-core tests, how does this make sense? Clock speed is just one way to measure single-core performance, there’s also IPC which you need to consider.

IPC stands for instructions per clock, so you can compare clock speed to how fast someone runs, and IPC to how many things that person is running. Higher IPC basically means your CPU is completing more work per clock cycle, and newer CPUs feature IPC improvements. So, clock speed is important, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

CPU Overclocking

We’ve spoken about the CPUs clock speed, but what if you could manually set this clock speed to a higher value? Well you can, and it’s called overclocking. Overclocking allows the user to speed up the CPUs ability to process instructions by increasing the clock speed modifier, as you can imagine, this will increase performance across the board.

Increasing the CPU clock speed isn’t as simple as setting it to the highest value possible, you have to be modest with your overclocks. The goal is to slowly increase the clock speed modifier, this is to maintain system stability. Once you reach a point of instability, this is what we call an unstable overclock, you will need to increase the voltage to keep the core stable.

All this is usually done through the motherboards BIOS however there are some options for overclocking within the operating system. So once you’ve overclocked your system, you will notice better performance, but you will also notice higher thermals, so you will need a decent CPU cooler when looking to overclock.

Is The Core Count Important?

The core count is a different performance metric of your processor, since clock speeds aren’t important, the next logical thing to do was to increase the number of processing cores. Doing so increased the CPU die size as well as increased temperature, but most importantly, increased performance.

Often today you can find processors with up to 8 cores, this is a huge amount of processing power compared to the single-core processors we used back in the day. It allows applications such as streaming, video editing, and much more to perform quicker. But more cores isn’t always beneficial, it’s mostly application dependent.

For video games, certain aspects are able to use multiple cores, but actually increasing the core count will not have an impact on the frames per second. This is because games are coded for single-core use, it’s pretty hard to code games to use multiple cores

Are Threads Important? (SMT/Hyperthreading)

When you purchase a processor, it will come with threads, and threads are basically a set of programmed instructions. Threads are the highest level of code a CPU can process, and when you purchase a CPU, it’ll usually come with two threads per processing core. It wasn’t always like this, and you can still find examples of processors using one thread per processing core.

Threads are pretty much logical cores, this means it exists on a software level, but they can have a real-life impact on the performance of your CPU. With certain applications, having threads can result in up to a 30% performance gain, this is a heavy application dependent. The reason for the performance increase is because threads basically increase the efficiency of each core by allowing them to execute multiple series of instructions at the same time.

The performance gains threads give aren’t always consistent, like previously stated, it’s heavily application dependent. So when you have SMT enabled with your processor, applications such as video editing may experience a 30% performance increase, and streaming may experience a 15% performance increase. Additionally, the extra performance hyperthreading gives doesn’t translate into more FPS, so gamers, unfortunately, miss out on this one.

Everything About The RAM/Memory

everything about system memory/RAM

The RAM or memory is the primary system storage, it’s responsible for storing information processed by the CPU. So, the RAM will work extremely close with the processor, because of this, the speeds the RAM operates at are significantly faster than an HDD or an SSD.

Installation: Your RAM will be installed in the DIMM slots of your motherboard, a crucial tip is always make sure you hear a click when you’re installing them. Depending on your motherboard form factor, you may have more options when installing your memory. The key when installing memory if you’re using more than one memory stick is to run them in Dual-Channel. Always read your motherboard manual to find the optimal slots for Dual-Channel.

Although your RAM is far faster than your standard SSD or HDD, they typically come at lower capacities. Nowadays a standard PC will have around 16-32GB of system memory, whereas SSDs and HDDs can reach terabytes(1024GB). Also, keep in mind that your RAM is a volatile device, this means it’ll delete anything stored in it when it loses power. HDD and SSDs are Non-volatile which means they retain data.

How Much RAM Do I Actually Need?

This is usually the first question someone asks when they’re purchasing RAM, the amount of RAM you need heavily depends on what applications you’re running. But nowadays people seem to be content with 16GB of RAM. There are definitely scenarios where 16GB of RAM isn’t enough, but usually, these scenarios are unlikely.

If you’re a gamer, then 16GB of RAM is more or less the sweet spot, this is because it’s pretty hard for games to use more than 16GB of RAM. So you should be able to play games comfortably without experiencing stutters(FPS drops). However, there are some video games that’ll use more than 16GB of RAM such as DCS World 2.7. Also, heavily modded games such as Minecraft and GTA V will often warrant more than 16GB of RAM.

For video editing, you’ll definitely need more than 16GB of RAM, this is because when you’re video editing, you’re moving huge datasets around. The sweet spot for video editing is probably 32GB of RAM, this should be enough for you to edit your videos comfortably at 4K. However, you can definitely benefit from having 64GB of RAM as there’s still more performance to gain.

What About RAM Speed?

Besides the capacity of RAM, the speed of RAM is also important as it has a huge impact on the performance of your system. In general, the faster the RAM you have, the better your system will perform, and you can pick up some pretty fast RAM if you go for RAM with XMP profiles. XMP RAM is pre-overclocked, and in the BIOS, you can apply the pre-installed XMP profile for faster memory.

Anyways, just like your processor, your RAM also has a clock speed that refers to how many times your RAM will cycle per second. RAM is usually measured in MHz whereas CPUs are measured in GHz, your typical RAM module with a clock speed of 3000MHz(3GHz) will cycle 3billion times per second.

If you’re wondering whether faster RAM will translate to actual system performance, the honest truth is that it depends. Some applications may benefit from faster RAM, some won’t, so it’s application dependent. Since the CPU is dependent on the RAM, the RAM can bottleneck the CPU, faster RAM will ease this bottleneck. But there’s a point where faster RAM won’t really make a difference unless the RAM/CPU bottleneck was significant.

Everything About Graphics Cards

everything about GPU/graphics card

The graphics card is the main component responsible for processing graphical information, this is also the main component in gaming builds. In terms of how it works, it’s pretty similar to how a processor works except it processes a completely different type of information.

Installation: is also pretty simple, you just slide it into the 16x PCI-E slot and screw it into the PC case. Once installed into the motherboard, attach any power connectors necessary, nowadays GPUs need 12-pin power connectors due to them becoming more power-hungry. This is because NVIDIA 30 series GPUs are pretty power-hungry.

Once the graphics card is installed, there’s a little more you need to do, and that’s to install drivers from the GPU manufacturer’s website. It’ll either be from NVIDIA or AMD, you will need these drivers so the graphics card can work as intended.

Why Do You Need A GPU?

Your graphics card is basically a CPU, but it processes data significantly faster due to its ability to process data in parallel. You’re probably wondering why we still use CPUs when GPUs are faster, well that’s because CPUs are far more versatile, they’re able to process more complex instructions. If you look at the average architecture of a GPU, you will find that they have hundreds of processing cores whereas CPUs typically have less than 100.

Due to the GPUs ability to process thousands of operations a second, it makes it the ideal component for gaming PCs, Crypto mining PCs, and many more. Also, machine learning PCs heavily benefit from GPUs as AI learning can be heavily parallelized. So yes, you will most likely need a GPU if you’re looking to run these tasks, this is because integrated graphics will not suffice.

Some applications that are traditionally known to be mainly CPU intensive may require a GPU, such as streaming and video editing. For streaming software encoders are mainly CPU intensive, but hardware encoders are GPU intensive. For video editing, software such as DaVinci Resolve and Adobe After Effects will require the power of your graphics card.

Everything About The Power Supply

everything about the power supply

The power supply is the component responsible for supplying power to every component in the PC, in a way, it makes the power supply the most important component in the build. Not all power supplies are the same, they have varying wattages, and power supply ratings, you need to take these factors into consideration.

Instaling: a power supply is pretty simple, the first thing you need to do is pick the correct form factor so it can fit into your PC case comfortably. If you’re building a standard ATX PC, then you’ll need an ATX power supply and they’re 100mm wide, but come in different lengths. A longer power supply is usually a sign of a beefier one.

The power supply wattage rating refers to how much power it can supply to the system, but this number doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have an accurate estimation of how much power your system is going to use. For that, you have websites such as PCPARTPICKER which is able to estimate your total system power requirements. From there, it’s recommended that you purchase a power supply with headroom to ensure system stability.

Power Supply Efficiency Ratings

Power supplies usually come in varying efficiency ratings in the 80+ standard which are usually Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Titanium. The more efficient the power supply, the more power pulled from the wall will actually be useful to the system. Essentially, less power will go as waste power (heat), so you will save more money.

You can calculate the waste pretty easily, if your power supply is pulling 500W of power from the wall(AC Power), and your power supply is 80% efficient then we multiply 500 by .80. 500 * 0.80 = 400, so 400watts is actually being used by the system, so the other 100 watts are being wasted and dissipated as heat.

If you’re wondering which power supply efficiency you should buy, usually the higher the better as you’d save more money in the long run, but Gold is usually a great pick. Gold is a nice balance between price and efficiency, but the most important thing to do is ensure that your power supply has the 80+ rating in the first place.

Does The Power Supply Affect Performance?

If you’re asking if having a higher wattage than your system needs improves/affects performance, then the answer will be no. Once your system is sufficiently powered, then there are no performance gains to be acquired. But if your system is underpowered due to a weak power supply, then yes, increasing the wattage will improve performance.

Underpowering your system can result in poor performance across the board, overall system instability, and even crashes/BSODS. Your power supply is the component responsible for keeping your system running, it’s practically the backbone, so you should never cheap out on a power supply.

Buying cheap power supplies is usually a recipe for disaster, bad power supplies when they fail are known to take other components with them. So if you have an expensive CPU or GPU, your cheap power supply has the potential to take them down with it. There are some reputable power supply brands you should consider.

Best Power Supply Brands/OEMS

It’s pretty hard to be a well established power supply brand, but there are plenty of them that provide the buyer with actual value. However, there are some brands that’ll completely destroy your build, you should always strive to stay away from them. In this section, we’re only going to discuss the best power supply brands.

OEM which stands for original equipment manufacturer are basically power supply brands that supply other power supply brands. For example, EVGA will use SuperFlower OEM units to make their own power supply series.

  • Seasonic(OEM)
  • SuperFlower(OEM)
  • EVGA(Brand)
  • Corsair(Brand)

Everything About The PC Case

pc case

The PC case is the component which will house all the other components, and makes everything more user friendly. Your PC case is responsible for usability, cooling, and aesthetics, also it has an impact on upgradability. So the choice of your PC case has a huge impact on the direction your PC build can go.

When you choose a PC case, you first have to choose the form factor you want which is essentially the size. Keep in mind the size of your PC case will influence what size motherboards you can use, this will have a direct impact on the upgradability of your build. As for form factors, you have EATX(Largest), Standard ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ATX(Smallest).

Installing Components: Once you’ve got your PC case, the first component you should install is the motherboard(with the CPU, RAM and NVME already installed). This makes it easier as these components are fairly small and easy to install. After that, then you can install larger components such as the graphics card and other PCI-E devices.

Does The PC Case Size Matter?

Selecting a PC case usually involves selecting the size/form factor first as practicality is more important than aesthetics. After that, then you can take aesthetics into consideration such as RGB. The most popular PC case size would have to be Mid-ATX, it’s pretty easy to build a decent PC in a Mid-ATX case.

As you get smaller, the harder it becomes to build in due to diminishing options with components. Smaller PC cases are usually reserved for people with a bit of experience building computers, and also want a PC that doesn’t take up a lot of space. But as you know, it’ll come at a huge cost, a lot of graphics cards are really large, so you’ll run into a lot of compatibility/clearance issues.

Huge PC cases such as EATX have the most upgradability, there’s probably no reason to worry about anything having clearance issues. EATX cases also support larger motherboards with more PCI-E slots and RAM slots, these cases are usually best for users looking to build a beefy computer.

Does The PC Case Aesthetics Matter?

Aesthetics is a more subjective matter when it comes to building a PC, this is because not everyone will have the same opinions. But when building a PC, you definitely want something you’d enjoy looking at, buying a PC case you dislike definitely isn’t ideal. So we recommend you to take aesthetics into consideration, you need a good balance between practicality and looks.

Find a color that matches your overall aesthetic, having a good presentation is important in many aspects of life. A great PC case color would be white as it’s pretty hard to make white look bad. Also the same applies to black, but there are other PC case colors such as Red.

After you’ve found a color you like, looking into RGB should be your next step, and even if you don’t like it at the moment, you can just switch it off. There are so many RGB combinations which you can apply to make your PC case stand out, you can go for a subtle look, or a more flashy look.

Cable Management

Ensuring you manage your cables ties into aesthetics, bad cable management is a bad practice you should aim to get rid of early on. If you don’t manage your cables, modifying and upgrading your PC will be extremely confusing due to the cable clutter. We wouldn’t say cable management is hard, it’s more patience than anything, so this shouldn’t make your PC building journey difficult.

Poor cable management will also accumulate dust easier which can have negative consequences on your computer’s performance. Dust build up is responsible for slightly hotter thermals, and they can also damage components by clogging circuit boards as well as causing short circuits.

Cable management may sound difficult at first, but once you get it down, you should feel proud about yourself. It makes your PC case look far more presentable as well as promotes great airflow. A decent PC case should have cutouts which you can use to route cables to the back to make your cable management easier.

Everything About CPU Coolers

Your CPU cooler is a crucial component for your PC build, in fact your PC may not even turn on if it doesn’t detect a CPU cooler. This is because the CPU is able to get extremely hot very quickly, and if there’s no CPU cooler, it runs the risk of it destroying itself.

Ensuring you have a decent CPU cooler is important for the performance of your system, a bad CPU cooler which fails to cool effectively can result in thermal throttling and even system shutdowns. All this isn’t ideal when gaming, or video editing.

There are two types of CPU coolers, Air coolers and water coolers, each do the exact same job but in a different way. Air coolers are generally better in the long run as they have less moving parts, and don’t run the risk of leaking. Water coolers are better as they tend to have better cooling potential, but it mostly comes down to personal preference.

Installing A CPU Cooler

First and foremost, you must ensure that the CPU cooler is compatible with the motherboard you’re installing it on. Not all motherboards will have the same socket type, so ensure with the CPU coolers manual whether they’re compatible or not. In general, CPU coolers are compatible with most sockets whether they’re from Intel or AMD, this is thanks to mounting brackets.

In the PC case section, we spoke about how smaller PC cases have fewer options for computer components, this is true with CPU coolers. Smaller PC cases will often impose clearance issues with certain CPU coolers, mainly air coolers. This is because some air coolers are large, a great example would be the Noctua NH-D15.

Also, some large CPU coolers can have clearance issues with system memory, so it’s always great to do your research before buying a CPU cooler. High profile memory with large heatsinks will often block large air coolers such as the NH-D15 as it tends to hang over DIMM slots.

CPU Cooler Cooling Performance

The cooling performance of your CPU cooler has a huge impact on the performance of your processor, it influences how high it can boost clock, and whether it’ll thermal throttle or not. PIcking the best CPU cooler for your CPU is best for ensuring maximum performance.

In terms of cooling performance, there are some great air cooler and AIO cooler options, so it mostly comes down to personal preference. Air coolers such as the NH-D15 will compete with high end 240MM AIO coolers, so they’re pretty good. If you need more cooling performance, then a 280MM and a 360MM AIO should be enough to take it to the next level.

For overclocking, you will need to take cooling more seriously as pushing your processor past its rated limits will likely increase the thermals. For a stable overclock, cooling is probably the most important factor so you may want to go with at least a 240MM AIO for the best cooling performance.

Everything About Storage

everything about storage

One of the most important components when building a PC is the storage and there’s two main types. There are Hard disk drives/HDDs or Solid state drives/SSDs, and they both work by storing data in a non volatile fashion. Hard disk drives have been around for years and are normally the traditional style of storing data, but SSDs are significantly faster but slightly more expensive.

SSDs are more expensive and are generally smaller in capacity compared to HDDs, but with advancements, SSDs are improving quickly and becoming far cheaper. SSDs are also far more durable as they don’t have moving parts compared to HDDs, they literally just use interconnected flash chips to store data.

HDDs are probably your choice for storing large files, a good computer should have both an SSD for fast data access, and an HDD for mass data storage. HDDs can reach huge sizes and still be fairly affordable, so there’s no reason to not have one in your system.

What Are NVME Drives?

NVME is a new protocol with storage devices, it stands for non volatile memory express, and it’s orders of magnitude faster than the SATA protocol. NVME drives aim to transfer data at optimal speeds for solid state drives as the SATA protocol is mainly optimized for hard disk drives. As you can imagine, this imposes a huge bottleneck on SSDs, this is why NVME M.2 drives are faster than SATA SSDs.

The NVME interface mainly uses the PCI-E bus which allows huge data transfer rates, reduced latency, and improved power efficiency. The main form factor for the NVME interface is the M.2 drive, and they’re usually priced higher than SATA SSDs, but significantly faster. We definitely think you should invest in an NVME M.2 drive as they’re the future for SSD storage.

People such as gamers and video editors can heavily benefit from NVME drives thanks to their high data throughput and low latency, gamers will experience near non-existent load times, and video editors will be able to move massive files quicker. If you’ve ever played GTA 5, you’d know how long it can take to load especially on a HDD, so investing in an NVME drive can make a huge difference.

SSDs Vs HDDs

SSDs and HDDs both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s pretty hard to say whether one is better than the other. But for the gaming experience, we’d have to say SSDs are better than HDDs due to their ability to load games and missions extremely quickly. If you don’t mind sacrificing some storage for speed, then SSDs are the way to go.

As for video editing, speed is very important especially when you’re working with huge resolutions. SSDsa re great for smooth video playback and rendering, but HDDs are great for storing any finished work. So for video editing, you’d definitely require both SSDs and HDDs as eventually you’re going to need the space HDDs provide.

So as you can see, HDDs are best for long term storage whereas SSDs are best for short term & transient data. With proper care, HDDs can last very long, so this makes them ideal for long term storage whereas SSDs tend to have a limited amount of read and write.

Everything About Case Fans

case fans

Your PC case is nothing without case fans, they’re an essential part of a PC build as they ensure that there is adequate airflow. If you don’t have case fans, then you’ll notice that heat will easily build up within your case, and heat is detrimental to the lifespan and performance of all your components.

As well as reducing heat, case fans are great for reducing dust buildup, dust should exit through your exhaust fans if you set them up correctly. If you’re serious about building a computer, you won’t leave the case fans out as they can improve the longevity and performance of your system.

Installing: Most of the time, your PC case will come with a few case fans pre-installed, but you always have the option to install your own case fans. Case fans come in different sizes ranging from 40-200MM. When you’ve got your PC case, identify any mounting points for case fans, and screw in any case fans you have.

More About Case Fans & Setup

There are different types of case fans on the market, there are high powered fans which are great for moving a lot of air around. If you have a large PC case (EATX), you may require a case fan that can move a lot of air. Smaller PC cases can get away with a lower powered fan as all the components are pretty close together.

Setting up case fans is pretty simple, you generally have two options which are positive or negative air pressure. Positive air pressure setups aim to have more air flowing into the case than out, whereas negative air pressure setups aim to have more air flowing out than in. As for which is better, positive air pressure setups are great at pushing air out of small gaps in your PC case, negative air pressure setups are more quieter, it mostly comes down to personal preference.

Finally, we cannot forget about RGB, case fans are able to enhance the aesthetics of your PC build by having RGB options, this is an important aspect besides the performance of the fans. You usually have many options for PC case fans, and they all come with varying RGB effects to add a touch of style to your setup.

So Is Building A PC Hard?

If you’re interested in building a computer and you’re a beginner, do not feel frightened because anyone can build a PC. We understand that it may seem difficult at first, but that’s like anything new to someone, the most important thing is knowing what you want out of your PC, and doing a little research.

For example, if you’re looking for a power gaming machine, you will invest more into graphics cards as they’re the main driving force for FPS. Or if you’re looking for a video editing build, you may invest more into the CPU. Once you’re ready to piece the components together, you can use so many resources for help such as youtube.

Once you’ve built your first PC, the levels of satisfaction will be huge, this is because you’ve achieved something you’ve once perceived as being hard. Watching something you’ve pieced together work is far more satisfying than purchasing a prebuilt online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Motherboards Come With Wi-Fi?

Answer: No, not all motherboards will come with onboard Wi-Fi although newer and more higher end models are now including it. Built in W-Fi is more common with smaller form factor motherboards due to them having a lack of upgradability.

Are CPUs Compatible With All Motherboards?

Answer: In short, no, CPUs are made with a specific socket in mind, so your CPU needs to be physically compatible first. Attempting to install a CPU into an incompatible socket is insane, you will run the risk of damaging both components.

Is Overclocking Dangerous

Answer: Overclocking when done safely isn’t dangerous, your system won’t run if you push the clock speed too high. So the act of increasing the clock isn’t dangerous, but increasing voltages too high can be.

Can Static Electricity Damage PCs?

Answer: Static electricity can be harmful to components and potentially render them useless. This is caused when static electricity builds up on your body, a great way to prevent this from happening is by ensuring you’re grounded!