How to Build Your Own Custom PC (Compatibility Guide)

I know it’s a pain in the ass to build a custom PC for yourself and most importantly when you don’t know much about the compatibility of the pc parts. I’ve seen people investing thousands of bucks on computer parts, and later they end up losing money on incompatible products.

How to Build Your Own Custom PC (Compatibility Guide)

So if this is the issue with you, but you still wanted to build a custom PC for yourself, then here I’m again with an exclusive post on checking the compatibility of pc parts and what we should have to look while buying the products for ourselves.

This guide will clear all your doubts related to building a PC for yourself and we’ll cover some efficient ways through which you can check the compatibility of the PC parts effectively without messing anything and get 100% out of it.

And most importantly, this guide can be a bit lengthy, but it is worth more than spending thousands of bucks on incompatible products, so read it till the end clear all your doubts before building a PC.

So let’s get started…

Steps to Build Your Custom PC

The wait is over. Here we’ve listed the steps through which you can easily build your dream PC. We’ll cover everything here from selecting the Processor to checking the compatibility of the products.

So read this post till the end. But before you read this post, I want to share a few websites which help you with picking up the right product for your PC.

You can use these tools to build a list of compatible PC parts and then customize it accordingly. These websites can include;

  • PC Builder – One of the most popular websites for building a list of compatible parts. It supports Amazon and few other merchants (depending upon your country) with more than thousands of compatible products.
  • Build My PC – Last but not least one in checking the compatibility of your PC Parts. It is another most popular website, and they claimed to have more than 1K+ of computer algorithms designed to make building a PC easier for you.

These are the tools that you can use to build a list of compatible PC Parts. Once the list is ready, you’re ready to build your own PC by yourself. And now, let’s jump into the nitty-gritty.

Select your Processor

The very first step to build your PC is y selecting the compatible processor. As you know, the CPU is the brain of the computer, so you have to choose the processor which can fit in your budget and provides you with an extraordinary performance.

But selecting the processor doesn’t mean you invest your whole money in choosing the processor, and when it comes to compatibility, the compatibility of all other core components will depend upon the processor.

So basically, you’ll get the option to choose from two popular streamline brands, AMD and Intel. The only difference between both AMD and Intel is backward compatibility and price.

Here’s the trend report of Intel vs AMD in the last 5 years;

How to Build Your Own Custom PC (Compatibility Guide)
Intel vs AMD

The AMD processors are backward compatible, so the latest processors can even run on the motherboard having the oldest chipsets, but in the case of Intel, they’re not fully backward compatible and they change their chipset with every generation update.

So it’s you who has to decide whether you want to go with Intel or with an AMD series processor.

Suggested Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-10700K: This is an excellent choice for high-end systems.
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600: AMD’s processor is a solid pick if you’re on a tighter budget and looking for value for money processor.

Select your Motherboard

Once you select the processor, the next step is to select the motherboard, which is compatible with your processor. And the compatibility for choosing the compatible motherboard isn’t rocket science.

While choosing the motherboard, you have to look at the socket type and match the socket type with the processor; you selected in step 1 because matching the socket type with the processor is topmost compatibility which we have to look at.

Once the socket type is matched, you have to check the chipset supported by your processor because not every processor with the same socket type are compatible with the motherboard, especially in the case of Intel – because they’re not backward compatible.

But what it means?

It simply means a processor from Intel 7th generation series having the same LGA 1151 socket type as the Intel 8th and 9th generation processor are compatible with the same motherboard which has LGA 1151 based socket type.

As I told you above, Intel isn’t backward compatible and they change its generation with every generation update. In this case, we have to check the compatibility with the chipset, because an Intel 7th generation processor supports a motherboard having Intel 200 series chipset but the processor from 8th and 9th generation support motherboard with Intel 300 series chipset.

So we have to carefully check if our processor is compatible with the motherboard which we’re going to choose in this step, and for making compatibility easy, you can use the websites which we shared above.

Select your Graphics Card or Video Card

Selecting a graphics card or a video card is another most important thing while building a PC for yourself. Unlike the motherboard and processor, you don’t have to match the socket type or check the chipset for compatibility – but you’ve to check the PCIe version supported by the graphics card.

The PCIe interface is backward compatible, it means you can use a graphics card with a PCIe 3.0 interface with your motherboard having PCIe 2.0 interface – but to achieve the optimal performance we’ve to use PCIe 3.0 interface in the PCIe 3.0 port of our motherboard.

So check out which ports are supported by your motherboard and choose the graphics card accordingly.

Apart from this, the second thing which you should have to take care of is the discrete graphics card. If your processor comes with an integrated graphics card, then buying a separate graphics card isn’t required for normal usage. It can be useful for rendering the video, playing high FPS games, and for increasing the efficiency of your system, which isn’t possible with the integrated one.

Select your RAM

After the graphics card, another most important core component is RAM or Random Access Memory. I’ve seen people getting confused between choosing the RAM because of the speed and capacity issue.

But trust me, after reading this post, your all doubts will be cleared.

So how to choose RAM effectively?

The newest generation of RAM is DDR4 and when you’re looking to buy RAM for your build, you should have to carefully check the speed of the RAM and the capacity.

How to Build Your Own Custom PC (Compatibility Guide)
Select your RAM

When checking the speed, the stock speed of a DDR4 based RAM is 2133 MHz, so anything above it means your RAM can be overclocked to the specific speed. But it also requires a motherboard which supports approximately same speed. If you mistakingly choose the RAM which has more speed than your motherboard supported speed, then you’ll not get 100% out of your RAM.

And while checking the capacity, I recommend you to choose anything above 16GB. If you want, you can also go with 8GB or 4GB version but nowadays people aren’t preferring them for their builds and it can make your build slower.

And if you need your system for gaming purposes, then grab 32GB RAM for a hassle-free experience in gaming. This is the only thing which you have to take care of while buying RAM for your pc build.

Select your Storage or Boot Device

After the RAM, another most important core component is storage or a boot drive. It is required to store your operating system and other files in the system and without it, you can’t store anything or even you can’t boot your system.

So this is another most important core component, and it comes in various types and sizes including the mechanical drive, SATA SSD drive, or NVMe based SSD drive. Each of them are compatible with each other, so if you want, you can grab a mechanical drive for storage and an NVMe based M.2 SSD for booting up your system altogether.

It also supports different drive bays, like 2.5″ and 3.5″ with different RPM, so choose it accordingly.

Select your Cooling Fans

Cooling fans are another most important core component in our build. Most of the processors now come with a stock cooler to prevent the processor from overheating, but it doesn’t mean all the processors which are available on the market come with a stock cooler.

Along with it, the coolers which come with processors aren’t powerful enough to handle your overclocking works. Here, we’ve to use a separate CPU cooler which is powerful enough to handle our overclocking works and prevent the processor from overheating and socket burn.

So this is why we need to buy a separate CPU cooler along with our build, and it also comes in two different types, Air Cooler and the Liquid Cooler.

As the name, liquid cooler uses water to efficiently cool your processor from overheating and it is much more efficient when compared to Air Cooler, which uses air to cool down the processor – but with super pros like this, it also comes with super cons. It can be harmful to your system if anyhow the water leaks into the hardware of your build.

Here’s a video on a comparison between Air cooler vs Liquid cooler;

Select your Case or Chassis

After the cooling fans, you should have to look at the case or also called as chassis. It is another most important component in your build to store all the computer components in a single place.

The case mainly comes in four different sizes, and these are;

  • Mini ITX,
  • Mini Tower (Micro ATX),
  • Mid Tower (ATX), and
  • Full Tower (EATX).

The size of a case will depend upon the motherboard size. For example; A motherboard with a Mini ITX form factor can fit in all these cabinets, but the Mini ITX case size will be efficient for holding it.

So keeping all these factors, you should have to choose a case or chassis in which your motherboard and all other components will fit perfectly.

Select your Power Supply

Selecting a power supply is a final step in checking the compatibility of pc build before buying them. It is another most important core component in your build which provides the required amount of power supply to every component.

Depends upon the build, you’ve to buy a perfect power supply for your system. If you bought a power supply with under wattage, then the chances are, your computer will not boot up perfectly.

So always buy a power supply after checking the estimated wattage required for PC build along with it, always check the size of power supply. Most of the power supply comes with a standard ATX size, which can fit in every case – but still, before buying a power supply, make sure to check if it has a standard ATX size.

Wrapping Up!

I know this article is a bit lengthy, but I tried my best to explain each and every compatibility which you should have to take care of while building a PC for yourself.

If you don’t follow all the parameters which are shared in this post, then it could be dangerous for you and you can lose your hard-earned money on buying incompatible products for you.

Along with it, I always recommend using the tools which I shared above and cross-check it with the compatibility guide I shared above for much efficiency.

And if you like this article, please share it with your friends and family and let them build custom PC by using these tips.

Happy Building 🙂

Jitender Singh

Jitender Singh, the owner of this site, is a technical expert, SEO expert, YouTubber and a experienced blogger by profession. He basically belongs to a middle class family in Faridabad.

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