Building a PC could be very exciting and worthwhile when you have an idea in mind with what you would like to do with it!
Whether it be for gaming, for office work, storage or for another specific goal in mind, you most likely will want the computer to achieve its initiative task and much more. You will definitely want to get a bang out of your buck.
Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when building your PC.
1.) Size of the case
Size all depends on the motherboard type. You have four different size types, Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX and EATX.
It is the smallest size but sacrifices RAM slots, PCIE & PCI slots. This does not mean you cannot achieve 16-64GB of total memory though! The main thing to keep in mind with these is that they are much more portable but also comes with a higher price tag compared to the others in this list.
Are quasi-portable. They usually come with the default 4RAM slots, 2-3 PCIE & PCI slots and are home & business staples.
These are the classic motherboard builds that stays home next to your computer desk. They are way less portable than the last two, may contain extra PCI & PCIE slots and as price goes are cheaper than the Micro ATX alternatives by at least 30$ or more.
Not as common as in the early to mid 2000’s, the E stands for Extended ATX. Knowing that it’s an extended version, it all boils down to it having more PCI & PCIE slots, extra RAM slots and at times could have two CPU sockets, similar to a server motherboard. Unlike with the Micro ATX and ATX having a price difference due to size, an EATX motherboard is actually more expensive than its ATX counterpart because of the extra workloads you could get with one of these.
2.) Power usage
In some locations around the world, you would want to very well make sure of the total number of watts per hour your machine is drawing from the electricity. This could make the difference between you paying a very high electrical bill coming at the end of the month or not being affected whatsoever. Thankfully, it’s much easier to get a grasp how much electricity usage your computer to-be will consume as this information is readily available in the components descriptions or by using pcpartpicker.
3.) Total Amount of hard drives and what kind
I always suggest to get an SSD or nvme drive to have your operating system installed on and keep the mechanical 3.5″ drives for mass storage, as you could get 2TB and more in the bigger form factor at much cheaper prices nowadays.
4.) Office PC or Gaming PC?
You could still do office work on a gaming PC and you could definitely do some gaming on an office work PC but what keeps these two categories of computers so different is that, a gaming PC build is much more focused on the graphic card which for the most part, will be the most expensive piece in your computer build apart from the CPU and motherboard.
As for office work PC’s, you usually want something that has strong processing power but with not a lot of power consumption. Nowadays with the chips being used on smaller nm surfaces, this is more than possible to achieve.
Please do not listen to the people that say you could “future proof” your PC, as technology keeps evolving at faster rates, this may never be possible. All that must be taken in consideration is that the parts matches exactly what you are “currently doing” or planning on doing.