Part 1 – Research

The most important part of a PC build without question, is researching your parts. You need to understand what each part does, what features are of particular importance to you and then choose something according to your budget. Like with anything, generally more money = more performance but there are exceptions. You must google the part you’re interested in and compare as many reviews as possible; the safest thing to ensure no unwelcome surprises is to never buy an item without at least 10 reviews of 4/5 stars. is a fantastic site, which I’ve have used in all my builds and would make life much more difficult without. Firstly it compares the prices of most leading sellers, providing a history of prices and options to view by % difference, to see if prices have been increased – which would mean its worth waiting for them to drop before buying, or, viewing current deals.


Secondly, it has an inbuilt compatibility system which sorts parts which “match” together to avoid problems and is easier than manually viewing spec lists on sites to note down if all your parts will work.

Finally, it provides a good approximation as to the theoretical power consumption of the computer – which avoids another tedious aspect of building.

Overall, I highly recommend this site and encourage you plan well ahead, to see trends in price variations and follow through on all the links provided to research your parts and compare reviews.

Next, I will go through each part you will need briefly, as I will have separate pages to provide full details, as well as recommended parts that I have personally used.

Parts required for desktop:

  1. CPU
  2. CPU cooler
  3. Motherboard
  4. Memory
  5. Storage
  6. Graphics card (Strictly optional but highly recommended)
  7. Case
  8. Power supply
  9. Operating system


  1. Optical drive
  2. External storage
  3. Additional cards – sound, TV, Wi-Fi


  1. Additional fans (if wanted)
  2. Higher quality thermal paste (If wanted)
  3. Anti-static wrist strap (Highly recommended)
  4. Small screwdrivers

Additionally, you will of course need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and, speakers.