What components would I need to build my own desktop computer?

Question by Vahagn A: What components would I need to build my own desktop computer?
Say I wanted to make my own from scratch. Can you tell me what parts I would need to make a functional computer? For one thing, I know I would need a mid tower computer case.

Best answer:

Answer by Anthony A
Computer Case
Power supply
Motherboard
CPU compatible with motherboard
Memory (RAM) compatible with motherboard
Hard drive
CD/DVD drive
Operating system (windows/linux, etc.)

If you want to save money, at the expense of performance, get a motherboard with integrated video, integrated audio, and integrated network (RJ-45) connectivity.

After that, you’ll need a CD/DVD drive to use to install software and the operating system of your choice.

These are the bare minimums and assume that you have a keyboard and mouse lying around along with an old monitor. If you don’t have these things, then you’ll need to add them to the list.

Go to a site like newegg.com or tigerdirect.com and go to their bare-bone/kit area. This will give you an idea of some of the various configurations out there and let you see the price ranges and the options.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=3&name=Barebone-Systems

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=31&name=Barebone-Kits

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