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Building Computers: We Wish We Had Known 5

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Building your own PC can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. Either way, there are some common mistakes that you can avoid by learning from those who have built before. We at Caselabs have built our own PCs, and we all have things we wish we had known before we got started.

In our last blog, we talked about the ever-present challenges of dirt and noise. In this blog, we are going to look at on-board components and how to handle them.

How to Navigate On-Board Components

A great way to save money is to buy a motherboard with on-board components - basically features that come already built into the motherboard. These components are the plugs you’ll find on the back of your computer.

Getting on-board components is both an advantage and a disadvantage: it is cheaper, but they are usually the first parts to get outdated. Therefore, if you’re looking for a basic system, it makes sense to get on-board components. Otherwise, you need to tailor your on-board component package to align with your goals. Here are some guidelines:

Audio: You will want a separate sound card if you are going to plug a sound system into your computer. Otherwise, on-board is fine.

Video: We recommend you get a video card, period. Video technology changes rapidly, and your card will quickly become outdated.

USB: This is a must! Make sure you get the most recent version so you can plug in scanners, cameras, and more.

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