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5 Things To Consider When Building Your Own PC

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If you have looked at different models of computers at various computer stores and found that they don't seem to have the specifications you desire, you always have the option to build yourself your very own PC. Building your own PC can be a rewarding experience, but before you jump right in, there are a number of things that you should consider to ensure that you build the best PC for yourself.

Overclocking and Heat Dissipation

Overclocking essentially makes your PC run faster and beyond the confines of its original specs and how it was designed to perform.

Overclockable processors are not much more expensive than a standard processor and all dedicated graphics cards can be overclocked (and should be since there is virtually no liability in overclocking your graphics card, and this can improve your gaming experience by tenfold).

Having said this, overclocking will cause your processor to heat up greatly, so you will need to worry about adequately cooling your PC if you so deem it necessary to overclock it. Overclocking is not a necessity, but it can help if you wish to build a dedicated gaming PC and you want that extra power to run a game to its fullest capacity.


Making sure that your PC is adequately and sufficiently cooled is an absolute necessity to maintaining or even improving the lifespan of your PC.

There are two primary forms of cooling your computer: air or water. Air tends to be a bit more popular and is the industry standard. Air cooling is a bit cheaper and works quite efficiently, but it tends to be a bit on the noisy side since it uses whirring fans to cool down the inner workings of your PC.

Water cooling also uses fans, but these fans tend to spin at a much lower speed. One of the biggest downsides to water cooling is that it is significantly more expensive than air cooling and it takes up more space in the cabinet of your PC. Water cooling is more expensive due to the fact that you have to outfit the interior of your PC with specialized tubes that will pipe water through its interior. Special considerations must be put in place to prevent leaks and ensure the piping hits all the right spots.


If you plan on running many applications at once, it is important that you have a large amount of RAM that can accommodate all of those programs running simultaneously. Generally speaking, most people tend to settle at around 8 GB of RAM as this is usually adequate to meeting the demands of the number of programs that people desire to run, is relatively cheap, and takes up a significantly small amount of space in your PC cabinet. The standard speed of RAM tends to be about 1600 MHZ, although this number is less definitive than the amount of memory capacity that the RAM itself contains.

Graphics Card

This is a matter that really gamers only need to take into consideration. If you've never thought of using your computer for gaming, then you don't need to buy a graphics card; the matter is as simple as that.

If you are a gamer, this matter becomes quite a bit more complicated. A graphics card will allow you experience a greater frame rate, if not actually improve the texture and anti-aliasing that is on board the processor itself. Gamers the world round tend to drift towards cards made by AMD and NVIDIA for maximum performance.

Before you purchase a graphics card, if you are building a gaming computer, make sure that you know the best graphic cards available for gaming.

USB Peripherals

There are a number of USB-based peripherals at your fingertips, which you might want to add to your PC experience. Keyboards and mouses are among the most important of these. Depending on what you want to plug into your PC and why, you may want to consider adding more USB terminals.

All the parts needed to build a PC can be found at computer stores online or offline. Building your own PC ensures you get the perfect PC for your needs.