We assemble the computer ourselves: three configuration options from CHIP

Ready-made computers, as a rule, they differ in an inflated price, therefore, it is cheaper to assemble an effective system from high-quality components yourself. Besides, during the assembly, useful experience is gained for the subsequent re-equipment of the computer and repair work. Important, what is windows, installed from scratch, works faster and more stable, than versions on ready-made computers, which, when delivered from the factory, are littered with little-used software and test versions.

The main steps before assembling a computer are completing and purchasing components. The tables at the bottom of the article present the ‘project’ of a high-performance universal PC, based on the test results and our experience. For each component, we indicate cheap and expensive alternatives for entry-level and elite-level computers, respectively.

They are interchangeable elements: in the future, you can install an i5 or i7 series processor in an inexpensive PC or combine the main components of the middle class (CPU) to save money, the motherboard, RAM) with SSD drive, the housing and power supply of the entry-level model.

Additional components are available as options to the main equipment, for example, licensed Windows OS, if you can’t transfer it from the old system, a hard drive for large amounts of data or backups and a DVD drive.

Selection of components

For ‘long-playing’ A PC requires a processor with a modern architecture. Currently, only Intel Skylake and Haswell-E platforms are such, and the last one, due to the extremely high cost and difficult cooling, rather recommended for enthusiasts. The choice of Skylake models is very wide: and a dual-core Pentium G4520 for office and Internet tasks, and universal i5-6600 for multimedia applications, and even an overclocked i7-6700k with performance reserves for intensive processing of video data and new games.

The motherboard should be matched to the selected processor. For the medium and luxury level, boards with Intel-Zi70 chipset are optimal, all important interfaces (M.2 PCIe, USB 3.1), overclocking capability for ‘k’ series processors and four RAM slots. Expensive Deluxe series boards offer even more connectors and additional functions, for example, built-in wireless network module. For an entry-level processor, a board with the simplest H110 chipset is suitable, without M.2 interface, without overclocking capability and equipped with only two RAM slots.

However, when choosing, you get variability for subsequent upgrades. All motherboards, which we offer, they use modern DDR4-2133 RAM. When using DDR4, RAM and board compatibility issues are rare. However , the, who wants to act for sure, it is worth looking for a model of your motherboard on the websites of major manufacturers, such, like ADATA, Corsair, Crucial or Kingston and choose from the proposed modules the required set and amount of memory.

If you want to use the graphics card built into the processor for less demanding 3D applications (that is, do not install a graphics card), it is necessary to choose a dual set of modules of equal capacity to benefit from the dual channel resulting from this advantage. In ‘pure’ 2D mode or with an additional graphics card, you can equally well use a single memory module.

For an entry-level system, 8 GB is enough, with an eye to the future, 16 GB should be used. Although a larger volume is still a great luxury for home use.

The housing and the power supply must pay attention to the quality, since it will be extremely annoying, if expensive components fail due to a malfunction of an inexpensive power supply or a substandard housing.

entry-level PC:

Processor Intel Pentium G4520 box 8,500 rubles.
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2HP 5500 rubles.
Memory Kingston KVR21N15S8K2/8, 2x 4 GB 4000 rubles.
SSD drive Transcend SSD370 256 GB 7600 rubles.
Power supply unit Seasonic S12II-350 350 W 5000 rubles.
Housing Zalman Z9 Plus Black 4000 rubles.
Total  34,600 rubles

Middle class:

Processor Intel Core i5-6600 box 22,500 rubles.
Motherboard ASUS Z170-P 9500 rubles.
Memory Kingston KVR21N15D8K2/16, 2x 8 GB 7000 rubles.
SSD drive Transcend SSD370 500 GB 15,700 rubles.
Power supply unit be quiet! Straight Power 10 400 W 6000 rubles.
Housing be quiet! Silent Base 800 14,500 rubles.
Total 75 200 rub.

Top-class computer:

Processor Intel Core i7-6700k box 34,000 rubles.
Motherboard ASUS Z170-Deluxe 24,700 rubles.
Memory Kingston HX426C15FBK4/32, 2x 16 GB 17,800 rubles.
SSD drive Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512 GB (M.2) 30,000 rubles.
Power supply unit Corsair RMi Series RM650i 650W 18,000 rubles.
Housing be quiet! Silent Base 800 14,500 rubles.
Total 139 000 rub.

Optional add-ons:

Operating System: Windows 10 5500 rubles.
DVD drive: LG GH24NSD1 1250 rubles.
1 TB hard disk:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX
4000 rubles.
4 TB Hard Drive: Western Digital Red WD20EFRX 14,500 rubles.
Entry-level graphics card: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 18,500 rubles.
High-performance graphics card: ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti Strix OC Editi- on 6 GB GDDR5 60,000 r
  • How to install the motherboard in the case
  • How to install the processor in the motherboard and the cooler on it
  • How to install RAM modules and connect motherboard connectors
  • How to install drives and optical drive
  • How to install the power supply