How to Choose Your Hardware?

First Things First

Choosing your hardware is the first thing you must consider before building your own computer. If you have taken the time to look through this website then you should have a good idea of what kind of computer you want.

Okay, now that you know what you want to use your computer for you should begin choosing your hardware accordingly.

For example, if you were going to build a gaming computer, you would need a good graphics card, motherboard, and CPU (processor) to start. If you just wanted to do simple word processing and Internet surfing you wouldn’t need a “good” graphics card or a really fast CPU. I am not going to go into too much detail about what hardware is right for you as I have detailed this in another section of this website.

How to Choose Your Hardware?

Things To Consider

There are a couple of things to consider when choosing your hardware. You need to think about the big picture for a second, and make sure all of your hardware is going to work together.

  • Is all of your hardware going to fit in your case?

    Not all motherboards will fit in all cases. This is also true for power supplies, and optical drives. Make sure you get the specs on your hardware and your case and compare them to make sure they fit together.

  • Does all of your hardware fit (work) with your motherboard?

    Every piece of hardware that makes up your computer is connected to your motherboard in some way. Just like cases, not all hardware will fit into all motherboards. Example: If you have a pci-express graphics card and no pci-express slot on your motherboard, your graphics card is useless. Example: If you have a 939 pin CPU and a motherboard with a 940 socket, it’s not going to fit.

Buying Your Hardware

Now that you are done choosing your hardware, you are going to have to purchase it. There are a few things to consider in this category as well.

You can usually get a better price online than you can offline. Since you are online now reading this I will assume you are fairly comfortable using the Internet.

This first thing you should look for when buying from an online retailer (e-tailor) is to make sure they have a secure ordering page so you can be sure you financial information is safe.

Second, you want to check on their return policies, and customer support options. When dealing with hardware, a lot of times you can receieve a defective part, or it can get broken in transit. You want to be able to get a replacement for this part fairly quickly and easily.

The third thing is price. Yes that’s right, the price is the last thing you should look at. I know your probably thinking you want to get the lowest price possible.

So why is price the last thing to look at? Well I’ll tell you. I have bought $1,000′s of hardware online and many times when I buy the lowest priced I can find, I end up paying more in the long run. If I have to return it because it is defective or broken some companies charge a fee, I have seen up to 15% of the original cost. That is if you can even get ahold of anyone in the first place.

Just remember, sometimes, you get what you pay for. I highly recommend TigerDirect.com, they address all of these issue’s very well and I buy from them often.