All TGN Partners need to know how to build a computer, either by yourself, or with a buddy.
Creating YouTube content is an expensive endeavor. You need lots of equipment, lots of tools, and, in order for your videos to not be a pile of suck, the right rig to record and edit your content into the marvelous creations you post on YouTube. To build a computer, you really don’t need a degree in rocket science, nor do you have to worry about where to buy your parts.
Everything you need to build a computer is easily obtainable from the internet, which we assume you have access to as you have a YouTube channel. As well, don’t worry about putting the darn thing together on your own. There are a multitude of awesome people, both IRL or on computer forums, who can help you out if you’re nervous.
Just a side note, we are not going to be getting into specific specs or specific builds. That would take an astronomical amount of time. This is more of a point-you-in-the-right-direction post so that you know where to go with questions and not get a bunch of trolls.
The Pieces Needed To Build A Computer
Honestly, we’re just gonna do this in a list form. There are several key components required to build a computer, and they are:
Memory (RAM, measured in gigabytes)
Storage (internal hard drive, or drives, you can have multiple)
A video card (or two if you’ve got the extra money)
1 Power Supply
1 Computer Case
These are the absolute basics required to build a computer, and we’re assuming you already have a mouse, monitors, a keyboard, speakers, and a headset. If you don’t, throw those on the shopping list as well, because you will need them.
Now that you know the basics of what you need to build a computer, let’s go figure out what you want. There are many excellent resources to figure out specific parts, but the easiest to use, that I’ve found, is PCpartpicker. You can choose your parts from a huge selection (all with excellent descriptions), and then make sure that all the parts are compatible. Making sure you are choosing compatible parts is a huge chunk of the difficulty of creating your own rig, and this site simplifies it.
They also have community members who will build a computer and post about it, where it will receive good upvotes and comments, in case you don’t want to choose all individual parts. Once you’ve got your basic list together, because you may have some extra RAM lying around so you can knock that off the list, we’ll move onto buying all your neat, new parts!
Where’d You Get That? Uhhhh….Internet?
The internet is the best place to get computer parts. You could go to the Amazon showroom *cough* I mean Best Buy *cough*, but really, the best place is online for the best deals. There are a ton of sites, including Newegg, Outlet PC, Amazon, and TigerDirect, but how do you know where you’re getting the best deal?
To be completely honest, you’re going to want to shop around a bit and see where the best deals are. Mail-in Rebates are your friend, as long as you’re not lazy and actually do them. Analyze those shipping costs and see where all those hidden costs are, because there will be some.
Mail-in Rebates are your friend,
as long as you’re not lazy
and actually do them.
You’ll also want to stick with the more well-known websites, as I’ve heard issues with parts that come from the “suspiciously cheap” websites. As always, you run the risk of getting something bad from someone, and the established sites will be able to refund or exchange with ease. Stick with what you know when you build a computer.
Assembling Your Avengers
If you’re adventurous enough to build a computer yourself, or you have had to build a computer before, this part should be easy for you. A good tip is that you should pre-build before you install all the parts into your case, just to make sure that you don’t have any dead parts. It rarely happens, but you can get a part that’s busted right out the gate, and it’s easier to test outside of the case.
A good tip is that you should pre-build
before you install all the parts into your case,
just to make sure that you don’t have any dead parts.
For those of you who want to build a computer, it’s relatively straightforward, and almost to the point of plug and play, with a little bit of screwing some plates in. The hardest part is the thermal paste and making sure you don’t screw it up, but once you’ve done it, you’ll see it’s really not that nerve-wracking. Knowing how to build a computer is easy, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started.
Gauge how large your parts are and make sure you don’t cut yourself off when working with your case. If you got a beaster video card, and they do get pretty big, make sure that you’re not cutting off access to the motherboard or CPU. Plan your cable management while you work, as you have a small space to work with and it can get cramped very fast.
For those of you TGN Partners who, like me, have never actually built a computer, and have no desire to do so, you can always get one of your computer friends to build it for you! Computer bro-code absolutely dictates you at least get them a case of beer for their efforts. If you can’t get beer, then make them a meal or something!
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Granted, this is a very basic run-through of how to build a computer, but sometimes that’s all anyone needs. The best advice I can give is to not be nervous about getting to build a computer. It’s very different than it was 20 years ago, and it’s evolved to be far easier than it used to be.
Thanks for reading, TGN Partners, and we’ll see you next week!