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Definition: building a PC


Over the years, thousands of people have built their own DOS and Windows PCs because the parts are all standard. After purchasing the case that may or may not come with a power supply, the motherboard, CPU, graphics card, storage and optical drives, assembly is straightforward if the builder is somewhat mechanically inclined.

The motherboard is screwed into the case. The power supply, drives, CPU chip and graphics card are plugged into the motherboard, and the PC is ready to go. One assumes a stand-alone graphics card is used, because it is the gamer who does a lot of custom PC building, and they always want faster and more realistic screen rendering.

When the machine is built, the keyboard, mouse and monitor are plugged in, and it is ready to install the operating system. See stand-alone graphics.




Is There Life Elsewhere?
Totally engrossed in building his third PC, Alex is the grandson of the author of this encyclopedia and a chip off the old block. Occasionally, he got up from the floor to eat. See video game.






The Finished Product
An enthusiastic gamer, Alex's new PC is loaded with RGB lights, which can display a variety of effects. See RGB lighting.