Build Your Own Custom Computer!
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Build Your Own Custom Computer!

Learn everything you need to know about computers including how to do your own troubleshooting!
4.2 (383 ratings)
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38,032 students enrolled
Created by Joseph Delgadillo
Last updated 8/2016
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build your own custom computer.
  • Learn how to optimize your current system.
  • Learn basic troubleshooting and Windows utilities.
  • If you wish to build your own PC you will need various computer parts and an operating system.
  • An eager mind!

Thank you for taking the time to view this course on how to build your own personal computer! I have been building my own computers for nearly 10 years now, and it is both a valuable skill & extremely fun to do! Understanding the inner-workings of a computer will help you troubleshoot problems, build superior custom PC's, save money selecting your own components, and elevate your technical skills!

If you work in an office or some other administrative job, chances are you spend most of your day using a computer. In fact, computers are typically the most used piece of equipment in both our personal & business lives. I have worked in corporations where administrators were often at the mercy of the IT department, because people in general know very little about how computers actually work. So, learn how to build your very own personal computer today, and level up your technical skills!

*Update 7/26/16* Complete Ubuntu Linux 16.04.1 LTS installation tutorial.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is perfect for people who want to build their own computer!
  • Take this course if you are curious about the inner workings of a computer.
Course content
Expand all 49 lectures 04:11:18
+ Welcome to the Course!
2 lectures 02:09

A bit about me and my experience building my own personal computers.

Preview 00:51

The course discussion forum is what make Udemy one of the best learning platforms on the internet! Feel free to ask me questions you may have.

Preview 01:18
+ Planning Stages: Choosing the Proper Components and Preparing our Build
8 lectures 01:05:08

Ask yourself what you want your computer to be able to do efficiently. Do you want a computer for web browsing, spreadsheets, word processing, gaming, and/or video processing? Let's go over the necessary components we will need to build our computer.

Preview 14:59

The CPU is the most powerful component in your computer and it will ultimately determine how quickly you can run applications.

Choose the best processor (CPU) that your budget will allow.

If you need to look for value in your build, I would reccomend cutting corners on the RAM and motherboard. You can often find the best deals by looking for CPU/motherboard/RAM combos.

Motherboard & RAM can often be bundled up with your CPU.

Choosing a computer case is somewhat of a tasters choice. Towers typically come in small, medium, and large size with larger ones being able to house more components. We will also take a look at how to select a graphics card. The Core i3 processor we chose has integrated graphics, so having a dedicated card is completely optional.

Selecting our computer case and graphics card.

In this lecture I will show you how to use a power calculator to choose your power supply (PSU), and why you should always install a solid state drive as your primary disk drive.

Choosing a SSD and using a power calculator to choose our PSU.

An operating system allows you to communicate with your hardware. A few options are Windows, Linux, and iOS.

Choosing a primary operating system.

Let's take a look inside our old machine and see if we can reuse any of the old components.

Which parts can we reuse from our old computer?

Rebates are a normal part of the computer world. Let's finish up the "administrative" side of building a computer.

Submitting rebates through
+ Get to Know your Hardware: Unboxing each Component
7 lectures 13:21

Let's take a quick look at the computer case we will be using.

Our Cooler Master N200 Mini Tower Computer Case.

Let's take a quick look at the memory we will be using in our computer.

Our Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 random access memory (RAM).

Let's take a quick look at the hard drive we will be using in our computer.

Our Kingston Digital 120GB solid state drive (SSD).

Let's take a quick look at the processor (CPU) we will be using in our computer.

Our Intel Core i3-4170 Dual Core 3.7 GHz Haswell Processor.

Let's take a quick look at the PSU we will be using with this build.

Our CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W power supply unit (PSU).

Let's take a quick look at the motherboard we will be using as a part of our system.

Our MSI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard.

Let's finish this section by taking a look at out our dedicated graphics card. Since the CPU already comes with integrated graphics built in, a dedicated video card is completely optional.

Our EVGA GeForce GTX 950 graphics card (GPU).
+ Piecing the Hardware Together
10 lectures 44:43

I like to install the power supply first to avoid hitting the motherboard with both the unit and the cords.

First step, install your power supply unit (PSU).

Next, let's install our motherboard.

Let's secure our motherboard in the case.

Once the motherboard is in place we can install the CPU.

After securing the motherboard within the computer case, you can install the CPU

In this lecture, I will show you how to properly install a dedicated graphics card (GPU). I would recommend waiting to put in the video card last, because you may find it hard to manuver around when connecting wires to the motherboard.

(ERROR) Installing our graphics card.

In this lecture, we will install our old hard & new hard drive in to our built-in enclosure.

Hard drive installation.

Let's quickly install our 8GB stick of RAM.

Installing our 8GB of memory (RAM).

In this lecture, we will plug in the neccesary cords to power the components in our new computer, and attach the proper data transfer cables.

Connecting the necessary power cords, data transfer cables, and LEDs.

Now that we have all of the proper cords attached to our motherboard, we can re-install our graphics card.

Re-installing our graphics card & performing a quick power check.

If you are building your own computer as you follow along with this course, congradulations on completeing the hardware portion!

Closing up our case and preparing for the first boot up.

This is my first booting up the new computer, and I am going to immediately enter the BIOS to make sure the motherboard is detecting the proper components, the CPU is operating at a safe temperature, and the fans are running properly.

1st time powering on our new system.
+ Installing the Necessary Software
6 lectures 22:19

If you do not have CD/DVD drive installed in your system, you will need to install Windows through a USB flash drive.

Putting the Windows 7 install disk on a USB drive.

Complete walkthrough of the Windows 7 installation.

Step-by-step Windows 7 installation.

Windows failed to identify and install the proper Ethernet driver for our computer, no problem!

Downloading the missing on-board LAN (Ethernet) driver (pt.1).

I will show your how to find the necessary drivers on the internet so we can download them, put them on a USB drive, and tranfer them to our new computer.

Downloading the missing on-board LAN (Ethernet) driver (pt.2).

In this lecture, we will finish installing our Ethernet driver and locate & install the correct driver for our graphics card.

Downloading & installing the graphics driver for our Nvidia graphics card.

You can run a system rating test using the Windows experience index to get a standardize score for your components. I like to run this to make sure my system is performing properly.

Window experience index test to check our system.
+ Getting Started Using Windows 10
5 lectures 33:36

These are some free alternatives to Windows programs I like using, including a free office alternative.

FREE programs to get started with!

When you change internet browsers or media players you may need to update which one Windows chooses to use.

Changing which default programs Windows uses to run tasks.

We will go over what Windows automaticall does when you insert a flash drive, CD, DVD, or some other media.

Updating what Windows does with removable drives.

The toolbar gives you easy access to the programs and utilities that are running on your computer.

A brief introduction to the toolbar.

Let's replace our wallpaper with a slide show and change our theme color.

Some quick personalization options.
+ Optional: Linux Installation
6 lectures 28:45

We will begin by downloading and installing Ubuntu Linux 16.04.1 LTS in Virtual Box. Start with a virtual machine to determine which Linux distro you like best.

Installing Linux on a virtual machine.

We will need to create a live usb to install Linux since we do not have a disc drive. First we need to reformat our flash drive from NTFS to FAT32.

Setting up a live USB with UNetbootin.

Disable fast start before proceeding with the Linux installation.

Disabling fast start before proceeding with the installation.

In this lecture we will change the boot priority in the BIOS, and install Linux as a dual boot alongside our primary operating system. If you don't see an option to boot back into Windows in the GRUB boot manager go into Terminal and enter "sudo update-grub" 

Installation alongside Windows 10.

If you are done using Linux and want to free up hard drive space, you can delete the Ubuntu partitions using the disc management tool in Windows.

Deleting the Linux partitions.

If you having trouble booting back in to Windows after installing Ubuntu, the video will help you to repair the GRUB bootloader.  After installing Ubuntu Linux, type the following commands in to the terminal to updated GRUB and to see the option to boot in to Windows:

sudo update-grub

After deleting the Linux partitions from your hard drive, do a live boot in to Linux (Try Ubuntu without installing) and type the following command in to the terminal to boot back in to Windows:

sudo apt-get install lilo 

Hit enter then:

sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr

Ubuntu Linux GRUB bootloader fix.
+ Bonus Lectures!
5 lectures 41:20

I just purchased a pre-owned Lenovo Y40 laptop off of Craiglist, and the first thing we want to do is revert back to factory settings. From there we can automatically update from Windows 8 to 10.

Cleaning up and optimizing a pre-owned computer (pt.1)

Let's remove all of the unnecessary pre-installed software from our computer. There are quite a few programs on this computer that I will never use, so I am going to remove them.

Cleaning up and optimizing a pre-owned computer (pt.2)

I will show you how to disable programs from automatically booting up with Windows. This will make restarting the computer faster and prevent software we don't use on a daily basis from starting up.

Cleaning up and optimizing a pre-owned computer (pt.3)

Removing malware from computer isn't difficult when you have the proper software. Don't pay your local computer guy $100 to fix your computer!

Easily remove malicious (virus, spyware, adware) software from your computer!

I hope this video helps you to remove the pesky folders that you are unable to delete through the Windows GUI. I will show you how to remove these folders using the Windows command prompt (CMD). This should work on Windows 7/8/10.

Open up CMD (command prompt) and type in:

cd /d C:\Users\(your user name)\Desktop

Hit Enter then:

dir /x

Hit enter then find the system nickname for the folder you wish to delete, then:

rmdir /q /s (folder nickname)

How to Delete Unwanted Folders on Windows Desktop (SOLVED)