Customizing a Computer?
Customizing a Computer? Here’s What You Need
If you use your computer to surf the web, organize your pictures, and watch Netflix, you probably don’t need to build a custom computer from the ground up. However, if you want to use a computer to edit a film, mix your first album, solve physics problems, or game to your heart’s content, then a custom-built computer may be just what you need.
Building a computer can be a complicated process. However, it can also be very rewarding since you get to create a unique computer designed to perform exactly as you want it to. According to PC Magazine, “If you want the strongest, most adaptable, and most upgradeable PC, you should build it yourself.”
So, what do you need to put together a custom computer that works from you? From essential components, CPU choices, and cooling solutions that keep your computer running efficiently, we’ll go over some points to consider before you start building.
If You Build It, Start With a Plan
Before you begin purchasing your CPU, motherboard, memory, graphics cards, computer cooling fans, and all the other components required to build your custom PC you need to understand how you’ll use it. For example, if you plan to use your computer to record and mix music, you won’t need to invest in a graphics card, that may be state-of-the-art but is likely beyond your budget.
The best way to build a custom computer is to begin with a plan. Decide how you’ll use it and what tasks you’ll need it to complete. Once you’ve decided what you want to accomplish, you’ll also need to set a budget.
Keep it Cool
Because you’re investing considerable time, energy, and resources into your custom computer you want to ensure that it runs at peak efficiency. Properly cooling your computer case or cabinet not only keeps your computer running at full capacity it can extend the life of your device through proper temperature control.
Intake and Exhaust
Airflow is important when customizing a computer. You need to provide air intake and air exhaust. It’s really a simple formula—cold air in, hot air out. Depending on what components you put in your computer, you’ll need to provide ample airflow to keep all of your electronics running cool and efficiently.
Sometimes, you may run your computer hotter than recommended. To compensate for the excess heat, you’ll need to provide negative pressure. That simply means more exhaust and less intake. Positive pressure means more air is flowing in than out. As you can imagine, this can lead to stagnant air and in some cases overheating.
Intake and exhaust are especially important if you build a computer in a cabinet. Cabinet cooling typically requires greater airflow with more precision in temperature control. For reference, these larger housing units are ideal for large custom computers and A/V devices.
Make it Yours
The best part about building a custom computer is your ability to completely customize a machine in a way you simply can’t with a store-bought device.
With so many options for customization, you’re sure to create a computer that suits your needs and fits your style. Consider adding LED fans to keep your computer cool in more ways than one.
Building a custom computer allows you to create the perfect PC for your needs. Make sure you properly research all your options before you buy, and don’t forget to keep your new custom PC cool with the right cooling fan solutions.
Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and journalist from Los Angeles, CA, who has written on behalf of a range of clients including the Livestrong Network and Demand Media. In addition to writing about a range of topics, he enjoys playing basketball and cooking in his spare time.