Your Ideal PC

The Build: Prepare to Build Your Own PC

Building your own PC isn't as difficult as you might think, but it does require patience and planning. When you're ready to buy everything, you can save money on shipping by purchasing a good-size chunk of the components from one place. We did this but we also relied on specialist dealers for some parts. In particular, we bought many parts for our quiet PC from Compuquiet.com (a subsidiary of the component seller Directron), which specializes in components for noiseless PCs. It's definitely worth spending some time shopping around; the prices of many components (particularly memory and processors) change daily, so watch for deals.

The tools that you'll need.
Photograph: Rick Rizner

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