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Before You Start

Before we begin, let it be said that I am not responsible if you damage any of your components. Look for a professional to install your parts for you if you do not feel comfortable doing this! On to the prep:

First and foremost, static electricity is a real problem when building computers. The smallest shock can destroy a component. It's highly recommended that you build your PC on a solid floor, not carpet. It is also recommended that you are barefoot.

Furthermore, it is essential that you "ground" yourself by touching something metal, like the computer case. This can discharge any static you are carrying on something safe, rather than on your PC components.

Afterwards, if you have an anti-static wrist strap, put it on and clamp it to something metal, preferably the case. This is optional, but recommended for an extra safety measure.

Below are some tools we will need:

  1. A Phillips-head screwdriver.
  2. Needle-nose pliers
  3. Anti-static wrist strap (optional, but recommended)

If you do not have any parts yet, below is a cheap PC build with an optional graphics card. The total cost is only around $417, but the prices will vary from part-to-part.

Component Item Cost (May Vary)
CPU Intel Pentium G4560, 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $78
Motherboard ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $55
Memory G.Skill NT Series 4GB DDR4-2133 Memory $40
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40
Graphics Card (Optional for Non-Gaming) Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card $160
Power Supply EVGA BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24
Case Rosewill SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $20