How to Build a PC for Beginners - Step by Step Installation Guide

It's true: building a PC is a very straightforward process these days and literally a matter of slotting in a few components here and there, plugging in some cables, and maybe tightening a few screws. Then you boot up your machine, configure the settings that come up on-screen, and install your operation system. Boom - now you're ready to load up your favorite game and kill some aliens or whatever takes your fancy.

The saying "if you can build Lego, you can build a computer" is actually pretty spot on when you think about it.

When some people think of building a computer, they imagine some crazy-technical magical procedure that only the tech elite could even fathom. Truth is it's a breeze, and especially in 2016. Hardware companies WANT it to be dead easy for you so you don't have to come running to their support team or return their products ;)

Some first-time builders may do just fine figuring it out on their own (and referring to product manuals), but if you want a little more guidance this beginner-friendly, simple step by step installation guide on how to build a PC is here to help.

If you have all the parts for your new gaming computer ready to go, set some time aside (couple hours roughly unless you're building a Frankenstein of a build) and get started with the steps below.

Safety First, Soldier

Before getting started I would recommend having a read of the Safety Precautions To Building A Gaming Computer article. It covers important information about building your PC safety and correctly so that you don't damage yourself or your expensive hardware. 

Your PC components come in an anti-static bag, but do not remove them from their bags until you need to.

The case and components should provide all the bits and pieces that you need for an installation, but you may also require a screwdriver as well. Anti-static wrist bands are useful, but not necessary if you ground yourself properly before handling your parts, and make sure you're not working on carpet.

Prepare Your Case

The first step in building your PC is preparing the computer case. To build your PC use an area that has enough room, ample lighting, and with at least two nearby mains power outlets.

Unpack the computer case and follow the instructions that came with it to remove the outer casing or the side cover panel, depending on the case style. Then lay the case on its side on a flat surface so you have easy access to the inside of the case to install your components.

Installing the Power Supply

You now need to fit the power supply into the case, which is very simple to do. It fits into the large hole at the back end of the case which is usually at the top. Make sure that the power socket and fan outlet face outwards. Secure the PSU with the screws that came with it.

Installing Everything Else

Once you have prepared the case and installed the PSU you're ready for the next step in this quick-start guide on how to build a PC - installing the motherboard and then every other component after that:

First Boot Up And BIOS Setup

Before attempting the first boot up for your computer, you should check over your new build. Make sure all your components are installed properly. Your monitor, PC case, and speakers should all by connected to a power source in the wall. Switch these on, and then press the On button which should be located at the front of your PC case.

The power light on the front of your PC should light up, you should also hear the whim of the CPU fan and any PSU fans, and also the hard drive spinning.

A few seconds later you should see some text being displayed on the monitor, and then eventually display something like "unable to load operating system". If this happens then the first boot up was a success and you can continue to the next step which is configuring your BIOS.

Install the Operating System

Once you have configured the BIOS for the first time, you can continue to install your operating system. Most of you will be installing Windows 10 and all you need to do is follow the basic steps on-screen after putting in the Windows disk (or USB drive).

That's basically all you need to know on how to build a PC. Once you have installed the operating system, you are all done and ready to play. As you see, building your own custom PC is easy as pie. Enjoy your new machine.

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