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FAQ

Here you will find the answers to many common questions relating to building a PC. If you have any other question, feel free to head over to the forum and ask one of our friendly experts.

Can I save money by building a PC?

This is a common question, and likely the first question you will ask. The answer is not entirely strait forward however. Of course building your own PC can save you money, but how much will depend on how much you intend to spend. For a computer less than £500 ($800) you will save very little money compared to a similarly featured PC which is pre built. However above this low end you will save increasingly more money, and once you pass the £1000 mark you will certainly be saving hundreds.

You may be wondering why you would build a cheap computer yourself if it cannot save you a lot of money. Well, the answer to this is that building your own PC enables you to choose your own components and as a result you will be getting higher quality components and a specefication which meets your exact needs for the same or slightly less than a pre-built PC.

Another reason for building your own PC is that you will know your computer intimately, meaning that upgrading and repairing your PC will become a task you can undertake yourself rather than paying extortionate amounts to have a computer shop do it for you.

Is building a PC difficult?

Building a PC is not particularly difficult as long as you have clear instructions. The components themselves are designed to fit together in a similar way to a jigsaw puzzle. There is no complicated 'building' as such, more a process of assembly, whereby you slot each part into its appropriate position.

Of course building PCs is a broad subject and if you want to become an expert there is a lot to learn. However in order to put your own PC together and maintain it, you do not need to be an expert, only have a willingness learn and enough sense to ask for help when you need it.

What do I do if I get stuck?

It is possible that when assembling your new PC you might get stuck for one reason or another. However this should not scare you away from starting becasue the internet is full of forums where you can ask a question and find sombody with the answer. We even have a forum here at PCitYourself, so if you find yourself stuck, just pop over and tell us what the problem is, we will do our best to find the answer or at the very least point you in the right direction.

How do I know which parts are compatible with others?

Looking through lists of components can give you the idea that there are millions of different types of component which must exactly match all the other components in the PC. While this is technically true, of course all the parts need to work together, it is by no means as complicated as it may first seem. There are 3 key components, the processor, the memory and the motherboard which do need a little research in order to ensure they work correctly together, but the rest of the comonents are very simple to choose and will almost always work with each other.

To make sure that the parts you choose work together you can simply follow our choosing guide which will take you through each step of the process and make sure you know what to look for.