How to Build a Low Cost Computer

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

The key factor in building up a cost-efficient computer is to purchase the parts separately. It is more convenient to buy a computer enclosed in a package deal but you may find buying each part from different computer parts retailers to provide some price cuts when it comes to the total amount you will spend for a complete set. Doing so may also enable you to use spare parts from your previous or a friend’s computer to reduce the total amount you will need to build another computer.

Materials Needed:
- Motherboard
- processor
- ATX case
- RAM module/s
- 3.5-inch floppy drive
- LAN card
- soundcard
- hard disk/s
- video card
- speakers
- computer monitor
- mouse
- keyboard
- screwdriver
Step 1
The first thing to consider is to spot for a sale on a department store or nearby computer outlet. This would allow you to reduce your expenses on your plan to build a new computer.
Step 2
Once you get possible computer parts retailers that offer great discounts, it is time to spot which of these outlets offer the lowest prices. Make sure that the parts you would purchase would be compatible to each other to avoid unwanted compatibility issues while building the computer.
Step 3
You can salvage some parts from old computers in addition to the low cost parts you already purchased. RAM modules and hard disks are some of the peripherals you may reuse.
Step 4
Check out which of these parts are still usable and can be integrated onto the computer that you want to build. Take some time to remove some of the dirt accumulated while the computer is on the storage. Use a delicate brush to remove the dust particles without damaging the sensitive parts.
Step 5
Once you have collected the parts needed, follow the normal procedures in building a computer. The first thing to do is to attach the motherboard to the ATX casing. Make sure that the screws are in place and the motherboard is securely placed. The cables can be twisted and secured in place using plastic fasteners so that you will have a clear view of different areas within the motherboard.
Step 6
After the motherboard and case are intact, it is time to place the peripherals. Begin on the processor. Take utmost care in handling the processor because its pins are delicate. The hard disks and memory modules will follow.
Step 7
Install additional devices such as sound cards, wireless adapters, video cards, and LAN cards after the important parts are in place.
Step 8
Test if the computer is running smoothly. Once the devices are working properly, install the necessary Operating System and programs of your choice on the computer.