By David Kristula, last updated January 12, 2020, https://www.davesite.com/computers/system/checklist.shtml
This list is a general overview with abbreviated descriptions of the parts typically necessary to build your own desktop computer system. I encourage you to spend some time researching each individual item you are curious about--just take this page as a general list.
January 2020: Windows 7 will stop receiving security updates this month. I'm planning to make a page of articles and resources about how to deal with this situation. I cannot recommend building a Windows 7 PC now, so I will be fine-tuning the descriptions pages in the coming weeks so that they can at least meet the minimum specifications for a Windows 10 PC.
May 2019: More links added to the new section I'm developing: Building or Upgrading a PC for Windows 10
January 2019: Check out the New NVIDIA RTX graphics cards
Check out the new Raspberry Pi! CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) Starter Kit (32 GB EVO+ Edition, Official Black Case) just $79.99.
As noted, I've included two additional webpages describing the components you'll need to build your PC.
Click here for the first page of descriptions, and click here for the second page of descriptions.
Click here to learn about the set of parts below (descriptions)
To learn how to assemble the pc parts, you can read Guides to Building Your Own Computer
The Parts Checklist Descriptions are found on page 2 and page 3.
This page is an update to an original parts list. Click Here to View the Original Parts Checklist.
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