How To Build a Computer: A Beginner's Guide
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How To Build a Computer: A Beginner's Guide

Build a computer from scratch, while learning about each component and how they work along the way.
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4.8 (68 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,921 students enrolled
Created by Nathan Cope
Last updated 3/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $50 Discount: 80% off
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Includes:
  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build your first computer from scratch!
  • Gain a basic knowledge of PC components and how they interact!
  • Learn how to shop for components that have a high dollar-to-performance ratio!
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Requirements
  • Knowledge of basic computer usage is necessary for this course.
Description
  • Over 1000 students joined in the first week of release!
  • Over 2700 students at the time of this writing!
  • A big THANK YOU to my students for making this the HIGHEST RATED (5 STARS!), MOST POPULAR COURSE for building a computer on Udemy!
  • Just added in 2017 - How to build a liquid cooled high-performance gaming PC!

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Have you ever wanted to build your own computer?

Would you like to know what each component does?

Do you want to know how to get the best bang for your buck?

This course will begin with some explanation of different terminology when it comes to PC components. You'll learn how each component connects to each other, their purposes, things to watch out for when purchasing components, and how to decide what parts need to perform better based on the tasks you want the computer will do.

You'll go through the steps of building your first computer piece by piece, with great attention to detail along the way. Afterwhich, you'll learn the process of installing an operating system on the computer, to make the system fully functional and ready to use!

This course will evolve over time.. Later installments may include things like:

  • High-end Gaming PC Builds (Done and added to course!)
  • Water Cooling (Done and added to course!)
  • Home Theater PC Builds
  • Raspberry PI Builds
  • Hackintosh Builds

In the first installment, you'll learn how to build a general usage PC that will perform well for daily use, using a classroom lecture format.

** First course expansion released! **

Showing how to build a computer hands-on was easily the most requested feature after the course's original release. So, we've put together a giant new section on building an extremely high performance liquid cooled overclocked gaming PC! You will find this section at the end of the course.

Buy now to get the most value!

Original Pricing - $25
After 2017 Expansion - $50

As the course evolves and content is added, the pricing will go up with each installment. Get in now at the low cost of $50 and receive all of the new content for free!

As a student, you will also receive special discounts unavailable elsewhere for Nathan's other courses that are currently in the works!

And as always, 30-day refunds are 100% guaranteed if your satisfaction is not met!

Thank you! Thank you for taking a look at this course on Udemy!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for hobbyists, students and technology enthusiasts that want to build a well performing computer for themselves or for a friend!
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Curriculum For This Course
83 Lectures
12:36:05
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Introduction
1 Lecture 08:25

In this video, we'll talk about the components we'll be using in our first system such as the Power Supply, CPU, RAM, Storage Devices, and Motherboard. We'll discuss some things to watch out for when building a system.

Preview 08:25

Test your knowledge on basic computer component terminology.

Quiz: Basic Computer Component Terminology
5 questions
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Shopping Smart
5 Lectures 54:38

In this video, we'll take a look at Newegg, the primo website for computer component shopping.

Online Resources and Shopping Smart - Newegg and Reviews
08:22

In this video we'll be looking at a few resources you can use to figure out if certain computer parts are compatible with each other, and also whether or not the performance you receive is worth their pricing.

Online Resources and Shopping Smart - Pcpartpicker and Cpubenchmark
13:08

Test your knowledge on online resources, and shopping smart for computer components.

Quiz: Online Resources and Shopping Smart
4 questions

In this video, we'll go through 7 different types of systems and analyze what components should have increased performance in each system.

Preview 08:53

Test your knowledge about choosing components based on performance requirements.

Quiz: Choosing Components Based on Performance Requirements
5 questions

In this video we'll talk about the dangers of paying too little for computer components.

How Low Should You Go?
12:59

Test your knowledge on price shopping for computer components.

Quiz: How Low Should You Go?
3 questions

In this video, we'll go through the components we chose for our first build.

Let's Pick Out Some Computer Parts to Buy!
11:16
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Building Your First PC
10 Lectures 01:50:18

In this video we'll take a look at all of the components of a motherboard, how to identify them, and what each component does.

Preview 18:54

In this video we'll take a final look at the components of a motherboard, using pictures of the motherboard rather than diagrams.

Anatomy of a Motherboard - Overhead View
03:09

Test your knowledge of motherboard anatomy.

Quiz: Motherboard Anatomy
5 questions

In this video, we'll take a look at how to install a CPU into a motherboard.

Installing the CPU
08:42

Test your knowledge of installing CPUs.

Quiz: Installing the CPU
3 questions

In this video we'll look at how to install a CPU heatsink and fan on a CPU.

Installing the Heatsink and Fan
08:54

Test your knowledge of installing CPU heatsinks and fans.

Quiz: Installing the Heatsink and Fan
2 questions

In this video, we'll go through the process of installing RAM into a motherboard.

Installing the RAM
04:20

Test your knowledge of installing RAM.

Quiz: Installing the RAM
4 questions

In this video, we'll go through the process of installing a power supply into a computer case.

Installing the Power Supply
10:07

Test your knowledge of installing power supplies.

Quiz: Installing the Power Supply
5 questions

In this video we'll start the process of installing our motherboard, starting with the back IO plate, and copper standoffs.

Installing the Motherboard - IO Panel and Copper Standoffs
16:18

In this video, we'll complete the installation of the motherboard by connecting up power.

Installing the Motherboard - Connecting Up Cables
17:56

Test your knowledge of installing motherboards.

Quiz: Installing the Motherboard
12 questions

In this video, we'll go through the process of installing our DVD drive and our SSD drive.

Installing Drives
16:23

Test your knowledge of installing drives.

Quiz: Installing Drives
3 questions

Here we'll offer some suggestions on what you can do if your completed build doesn't start!

Preview 05:35
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Software Installation
3 Lectures 46:31

In this video, we'll start the process of installing Windows 7 and drivers for your hardware.

Installing Windows
19:21

In this video we'll finish installing drivers for our hardware. We'll also take a look at Windows Updates, and how to easily install commonly downloaded software with just one click.

Installing Drivers, Updates and Software
17:20

We'll finish up our software installation in this video by showing how to keep your system clean and mean as you use it for the next few years!

Finishing Up!
09:50

Test your knowledge of installing Windows.

Quiz: Installing Windows
11 questions
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Student Q & A
1 Lecture 01:26

Thank you for taking my course! This is our final video for the first installment of this series. Any new Q & A videos will appear in this section. Be sure to watch this video to receive a special students-only coupon code for all my other courses!

Q & A Intro and a Thank You!
01:26
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Lab: Build a Liquid Cooled High Performance Gaming PC
63 Lectures 08:54:47

In this video, we take a quick look at the parts list for our gaming PC build, as well as things we'll need to put the system together. Note: Don't forget a USB thumb stick. You'll need one with at least 4GB of space.

Preview 05:25

In this video, we go over all of the purchased parts for our build before we open the boxes.

Preview 07:24

In this video, we take a look at all of the different parts and areas of the case for our build.

Case Parts Overview
13:10

In this video, we go over all of the cables that came with the case, and what their purposes are.

Case Cables Overview
05:17

In this video, we go over the side and top drive cages.

Drive Slots Overview
04:02

In this video, we go over what's included in the motherboard box.

Motherboard Unboxing
03:09

In this video, we take a detailed look at all of the components included on the motherboard.

Motherboard Component Analysis
09:46

In this video, we look at the liquid cooling system, from radiator to fans to cooling block.

Liquid CPU Cooler Overview
07:31

In this video, we go over the power supply, and all of the cables supplied.

Power Supply Overview
07:29

In this video, we start building the PC by preparing the case, and removing one of the fans because we'll be installing it somewhere else in the case.

Case - Preparation and Fan Removal
04:39

In this video, we install the back panel into the case, where the motherboard ports will stick out of.

Motherboard - Rear Port Panel
02:18

In this video, we go over the standoffs in the case, and be sure they line up with the motherboard mounting holes.

Motherboard - Standoff Support Check
02:17

In this video, we get our motherboard installed into the case.

Motherboard - Installation
05:28

In this video, we start connecting some of the case cables to the motherboard.

Motherboard - Front Panel Cabling
07:09

In this video, we continue connecting the rest of the case cables to the motherboard.

Motherboard - Front Panel Cabling II
11:21

In this video, we install the CPU into the motherboard.

Preview 03:55

In this video, we install the M.2 SSD into the motherboard's primary M.2 SSD slot.

M.2 SSD - Installation
03:16

In this video, we install our 4 sticks of RAM to the motherboard, totaling 64GB.

RAM - Installation
03:04

In this video, we prep the brackets where our SSD and Spindle HDD will go.

SSD and Spindle HDD - Prep
07:04

In this video, we install the 1TB SSD and the 8TB HDD.

SSD and Spindle HDD - Installation
03:55

In this video, we prepare both the case and the cooling radiator by installing the cooling fans.

Liquid Cooling - Prep and Fan Installation
13:44

In this video, we tie up the cables nicely to the liquid cooling unit.

Liquid Cooling - Cable Management
09:27

In this video, we complete the installation of the liquid cooler into the case.

Liquid Cooling Installation
14:36

In this video, we install the power supply into the case.

Preview 06:28

In this video, we connect the power cables from our power supply to the various devices in the case.


Power Supply - Cabling
12:36

In this video, we try to wrangle up our cables and make the case look neat.

Cable Management
15:09

In this video, we install our massive 1080 video card.

Video Card - Installation
07:47

In this video, we install the removed fan into the side panel.

Case - Panel Fan Installation
09:35

In this video, we attempt to boot our rig, and troubleshoot a few issues.

First Boot and Troubleshooting
06:07

In this video, we hop into our BIOS and go over the first two tabs in the BIOS, M.I.T. and System Info

BIOS Features In-Depth - M.I.T. and System Info
16:03

In this video, we continue diving into the BIOS features by looking at the Peripherals and Chipset tabs.

BIOS Features - Peripherals and Chipset
10:49

In this video, we wrap up our BIOS examination by looking at power management features, and remaining miscellaneous items.

BIOS Features - Power Management and Misc
13:32

In this video, we download the Windows 10 media to a bootable USB stick.

Software - Download Windows 10 to USB
09:38

In this video, we install Windows 10 via USB.

Software - Install Windows 10 via USB
07:13

In this video, we hop onto Windows Update and download all of the updates available to us.

Software - Install Drivers via Windows Update
06:52

In this video, we get our SSD and spindle hard drive formatted so they show up as usable in Windows.

Software - Setup Drives (SSD, Spindle)
04:01

In this video, we'll quickly set our default browser to Chrome.

Software - Set Default Browser
01:33

In this video, we download and install the video drivers for our video card from Nvidia.

Drivers - Install Video Drivers
05:38

In this video, we go over quickly how to use device manager to find devices that need drivers installed.

Drivers - How to Use Device Manager
03:51

In this video, we install the liquid cooling radiator to the top of the case, and the cooling block to the CPU.

Drivers - Install Liquid Cooling Monitor
08:48

In this video, we install the Killer networking drivers software and go over its features.

Drivers - Install Killer Network Drivers
09:16

In this video, we update the Intel networking drivers by downloading the drivers directly from Intel's website.

Drivers - Update Intel Network Drivers
11:10

In this video, we update the chipset drivers from Intel.

Drivers - Update Chipset Drivers
04:01

In this video we install the primary SATA controller drivers.

Drivers - Install SATA Controller Drivers
02:57

In this video, we install the secondary ASMedia SATA controller drivers.

Drivers - Install ASMedia SATA Controller Drivers
02:46

In this video, we install the Creative audio drivers and go over the software features.

Drivers - Install Audio Drivers
04:05

In this video, we install the Intel Management Engine Interface software.

Drivers - Install Intel Management Engine Interface
06:26

In this video, we install the Thunderbolt interface drivers.

Drivers - Install Thunderbolt Drivers
02:48

In this video, we go over how to enable the onboard video card in the BIOS and how to install the drivers for the card.

Drivers - Install Intel Onboard Video Drivers
08:48

In this video, we'll update the BIOS software and go over some of the new features.

Drivers - Update BIOS Software
14:15

In this video, we install the first of many motherboard utilities supplied by Gigabyte. OSD, Color, BIOS, Cloud and Easytune.

Software - Install Motherboard Utilities - OSD, Color, BIOS, Cloud, Easytune
19:39

In this video, we continue to install our motherboard utilities. EZRaid, Fastboot, Charge, PPM, SIV, Smart Backup, Keyboard, Timelock, USB Block

Software - Install MB Utilities - EZRaid, Fastboot, Charge, PPM, SIV, etc
17:16

In this video, we continue to install our motherboard utilities. VTuner, CPU-Z, Firmware Updater, Autogreen, Thunderbolt Update, MegaChips

Software - Install MB Utilities - VTuner, CPU-Z, Firmware Updater, etc
16:38

In this video, we complete our installation of various motherboard utilities. Intel Extreme Tuning.

Software - Install MB Utilities - Intel Extreme Tuning
04:59

With our system complete, we now start setting up our system for some benchmark tests by installing 3DMark.

Benchmarking - Baseline Benchmarks - 3DMark Installation
06:03

In this video, we get our baseline values for benchmarking with 3DMark.

Preview 16:25

In this video, we'll look at how to overclock the CPU via the BIOS, and go over the benchmark results.

Benchmarking - CPU Overclocking and Benchmark
11:23

In this video, we go over Gigabyte's video card overclocking software and examine the benchmark results.

Benchmarking - Video Card Overclocking and Benchmark
14:22

In this video, we finally get to playtest some games on our new rig! Fallout, World of Warcraft, and Planet Coaster are covered here.

Preview 17:44

In this video, we complete our gameplay framerate testing with Overwatch.

Preview 08:55

In this video, we talk about how to stop things from starting from startup by editing the registry.

Utilities and Tips for System Stability - Registry
09:33

In this video, we look at a long-time favorite utility called CCleaner to assist in keeping our system clean.

Utilities and Tips for System Stability - CCleaner
17:00

In our final video for this build, we look at Malwarebytes and options for antivirus. And of course a big thank you for watching!

Utilities and Tips for System Stability and Thank You - Malwarebytes, Kaspersky
07:12
About the Instructor
Nathan Cope
4.7 Average rating
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4,748 Students
3 Courses
Software Engineer and IT Professional

Nathan is an IT professional of over 20 years.

In addition to IT work, he's also been a hobbyist developer using many different languages and platforms for many years. Currently, he's employed as a Software Engineer developing business-critical applications for iOS mobile devices and Windows.

His goal is to bring his knowledge to Udemy's student base and hopefully help those that are interested in doing the things he does.