How to Build a PC - Step by Step Installation Guide

With this guide on how to build a PC step by step, you will learn how to install each component safely and correctly. If you have all the parts for your new gaming computer build, you are ready to put the pieces together and get it up and running to play your favorite games.

Building your own custom PC isn't hard at all these days, and you don't usually need prior experience as most components are very straightforward to install and should also come with clear instructions anyway. So it's very possible you won't even need the following specific component installation guides, but they are here if you get stuck.

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 neccessary if you ground yourself properly before handling your parts, and make sure you're not working on carpet.

Preparing the PC 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 Unit (PSU)

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 Your Components

Once you have prepared the case and installed the PSU you're ready for the next step, installing the motherboard and then the other components one by one:

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 7 or 8 and all you need to do is follow the basic steps on-screen after putting in the Windows disk.

It's as simple as that. Once you have installed the operating system, you are all done and ready to play. As you see, building your own custom PC is a very straightforward process these days.

Enjoy your new machine and go kick some butt!