Buying parts and putting together a PC is one of the most exciting projects you can undertake. Well, we certainly think so at least! It's like an adventure of sorts, where you start off looking for hints of what you'd like, pick up some tools to help you along the way, and then face a few challenges before ultimately being rewarded with a treasure of great worth - your very own PC!
Yes, we may take the analogy a bit far, but here at Tekku we are passionate about the process. We like helping others find comfort and familiarity with technology. So with all that said, let's start you off on your journey towards putting together your very own creation.
1. Why are you doing this?
Before we get to the exciting part (no pun intended) where you pick your parts and put them together, let us take a moment to put the build into perspective. The first thing we need to do is establish why we want a PC. What will the PC be used for?
Will it be a workstation for your home office?
Will you be using it to stream yourself gaming?
Will it's sole purpose be to max out settings on the latest games?
Will you use it for video editing for your YouTube channel?
Will you be using it to mine those elusive bitcoins?
Or will you be trying to do graphic design or some other creative work on it?
All of these differ greatly in terms of what type of PC will work best for you. So it makes a lot of sense to be clear from the outset around what you want to use the PC for. You could, of course, want to do ALL of the above things! That's not a problem either, this is YOUR build and we're going to make it work together.
So, take a moment and think about why you want to put together a PC.
2. How much money can you afford to put towards this venture?
Alright, now that our end goal is defined, we can start shaping our path ahead. But before we move forward, we need to take stock of our financial position. We may be obsessed with the absolute best tech, but that doesn't mean we compromise ourselves financially just to get the latest components.
It is important that you take a reasoned approach to setting a budget towards your PC. Your overriding purpose for the PC will help a lot here. If you are looking for a quick and easy budget PC that can help you work from home, you know you don't want to overdo it in terms of expenditure. However, if you want to put together a beast of a machine that literally blows the minds of everyone who beholds its beauty, then you know you're in for a fair bit more than simple budget parts.
Either way, we will seek to maximize the value you get from your parts and your machine. Value here is defined as performance divided by price. A higher performance for a lower price is always the ideal.
Taking into account your desired uses for your PC, how much do you think you can put towards the build?
If you aren't yet at a point where you feel you can afford the PC of your dreams, don't despair friend! You can always take a patient approach and get the parts you're looking for over time, or else save up and make sure you're in a good enough cash flow position to buy the PC without compromising other things in your life. We love PCs, but there's more to life than material things! So be honest with yourself on this, it will affect your decision making if you neglect to do this.
See you in Part II…
Fellow adventurer, you are now in as good a position as any to begin your journey! Next time, we will take our first few steps forward and face the challenge of picking the parts we need - a daunting task indeed, certainly not for the faint of heart!
PS. Looking for a nakama to walk alongside you on your journey, or provide you some clues on your quest? Give us a shout, we are here to help!