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:
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!
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.
Test your knowledge on basic computer component terminology.
In this video, we'll take a look at Newegg, the primo website for computer component shopping.
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.
Test your knowledge on online resources, and shopping smart for computer components.
In this video, we'll go through 7 different types of systems and analyze what components should have increased performance in each system.
Test your knowledge about choosing components based on performance requirements.
In this video we'll talk about the dangers of paying too little for computer components.
Test your knowledge on price shopping for computer components.
In this video, we'll go through the components we chose for our first build.
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.
In this video we'll take a final look at the components of a motherboard, using pictures of the motherboard rather than diagrams.
Test your knowledge of motherboard anatomy.
In this video, we'll take a look at how to install a CPU into a motherboard.
Test your knowledge of installing CPUs.
In this video we'll look at how to install a CPU heatsink and fan on a CPU.
Test your knowledge of installing CPU heatsinks and fans.
In this video, we'll go through the process of installing RAM into a motherboard.
Test your knowledge of installing RAM.
In this video, we'll go through the process of installing a power supply into a computer case.
Test your knowledge of installing power supplies.
In this video we'll start the process of installing our motherboard, starting with the back IO plate, and copper standoffs.
In this video, we'll complete the installation of the motherboard by connecting up power.
Test your knowledge of installing motherboards.
In this video, we'll go through the process of installing our DVD drive and our SSD drive.
Test your knowledge of installing drives.
In this video, we'll start the process of installing Windows 7 and drivers for your hardware.
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.
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!
Test your knowledge of installing Windows.
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!
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.
In this video, we go over all of the purchased parts for our build before we open the boxes.
In this video, we take a look at all of the different parts and areas of the case for our build.
In this video, we go over all of the cables that came with the case, and what their purposes are.
In this video, we go over the side and top drive cages.
In this video, we go over what's included in the motherboard box.
In this video, we take a detailed look at all of the components included on the motherboard.
In this video, we look at the liquid cooling system, from radiator to fans to cooling block.
In this video, we go over the power supply, and all of the cables supplied.
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.
In this video, we install the back panel into the case, where the motherboard ports will stick out of.
In this video, we go over the standoffs in the case, and be sure they line up with the motherboard mounting holes.
In this video, we get our motherboard installed into the case.
In this video, we start connecting some of the case cables to the motherboard.
In this video, we continue connecting the rest of the case cables to the motherboard.
In this video, we install the M.2 SSD into the motherboard's primary M.2 SSD slot.
In this video, we install our 4 sticks of RAM to the motherboard, totaling 64GB.
In this video, we prep the brackets where our SSD and Spindle HDD will go.
In this video, we install the 1TB SSD and the 8TB HDD.
In this video, we prepare both the case and the cooling radiator by installing the cooling fans.
In this video, we tie up the cables nicely to the liquid cooling unit.
In this video, we complete the installation of the liquid cooler into the case.
In this video, we connect the power cables from our power supply to the various devices in the case.
In this video, we try to wrangle up our cables and make the case look neat.
In this video, we install our massive 1080 video card.
In this video, we install the removed fan into the side panel.
In this video, we attempt to boot our rig, and troubleshoot a few issues.
In this video, we hop into our BIOS and go over the first two tabs in the BIOS, M.I.T. and System Info
In this video, we continue diving into the BIOS features by looking at the Peripherals and Chipset tabs.
In this video, we wrap up our BIOS examination by looking at power management features, and remaining miscellaneous items.
In this video, we download the Windows 10 media to a bootable USB stick.
In this video, we install Windows 10 via USB.
In this video, we hop onto Windows Update and download all of the updates available to us.
In this video, we get our SSD and spindle hard drive formatted so they show up as usable in Windows.
In this video, we'll quickly set our default browser to Chrome.
In this video, we download and install the video drivers for our video card from Nvidia.
In this video, we go over quickly how to use device manager to find devices that need drivers installed.
In this video, we install the liquid cooling radiator to the top of the case, and the cooling block to the CPU.
In this video, we install the Killer networking drivers software and go over its features.
In this video, we update the Intel networking drivers by downloading the drivers directly from Intel's website.
In this video, we update the chipset drivers from Intel.
In this video we install the primary SATA controller drivers.
In this video, we install the secondary ASMedia SATA controller drivers.
In this video, we install the Creative audio drivers and go over the software features.
In this video, we install the Intel Management Engine Interface software.
In this video, we install the Thunderbolt interface drivers.
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.
In this video, we'll update the BIOS software and go over some of the new features.
In this video, we install the first of many motherboard utilities supplied by Gigabyte. OSD, Color, BIOS, Cloud and Easytune.
In this video, we continue to install our motherboard utilities. EZRaid, Fastboot, Charge, PPM, SIV, Smart Backup, Keyboard, Timelock, USB Block
In this video, we continue to install our motherboard utilities. VTuner, CPU-Z, Firmware Updater, Autogreen, Thunderbolt Update, MegaChips
In this video, we complete our installation of various motherboard utilities. Intel Extreme Tuning.
With our system complete, we now start setting up our system for some benchmark tests by installing 3DMark.
In this video, we get our baseline values for benchmarking with 3DMark.
In this video, we'll look at how to overclock the CPU via the BIOS, and go over the benchmark results.
In this video, we go over Gigabyte's video card overclocking software and examine the benchmark results.
In this video, we finally get to playtest some games on our new rig! Fallout, World of Warcraft, and Planet Coaster are covered here.
In this video, we complete our gameplay framerate testing with Overwatch.
In this video, we talk about how to stop things from starting from startup by editing the registry.
In this video, we look at a long-time favorite utility called CCleaner to assist in keeping our system clean.
In our final video for this build, we look at Malwarebytes and options for antivirus. And of course a big thank you for watching!
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.