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.
4.8 (38 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.
2,706 students enrolled
Instructed by Nathan Cope IT & Software / Hardware
40% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 20
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

  • Over 1000 students joined in the first week of release


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
  • Water Cooling
  • Home Theater PC Builds
  • Raspberry PI 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.

Buy now to get the most value!

On first release, this course will be explaining the basics of building a computer, and because of this it will be priced extremely low.

As the course evolves and content is added, the pricing will go up with each installment. Get in now at the low cost of $25 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!

What are the requirements?

  • Knowledge of basic computer usage is necessary for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!

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!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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.

5 questions

Test your knowledge on basic computer component terminology.

Section 2: Shopping Smart

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.

4 questions

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.

5 questions

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.

3 questions

Test your knowledge on price shopping for computer components.


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

Section 3: Building Your First PC

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.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of motherboard anatomy.


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

3 questions

Test your knowledge of installing CPUs.


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

2 questions

Test your knowledge of installing CPU heatsinks and fans.


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

4 questions

Test your knowledge of installing RAM.


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

5 questions

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.

12 questions

Test your knowledge of installing motherboards.


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

3 questions

Test your knowledge of installing drives.


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

Section 4: Software Installation

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!

11 questions

Test your knowledge of installing Windows.

Section 5: Student Q & A

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!

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Nathan Cope, 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.

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course