Just a couple of days ago I told you how to Speed Up a New Computer By Removing Unnecessary Junk. There is one way to make the whole procedure unnecessary and that is to build your own computer. If your home-built machine has unnecessary junk on it, then you have no one to blame but yourself for putting it there.
Some of you may find the idea of building a computer to be an exercise in futility. Yet if you aren’t afraid to tackle other DIY projects, building a computer really isn’t that difficult. Those of you still afraid to put the pieces together can probably find a geek willing to do it for you, even if there is a small price involved.
Before you can decide on the other parts that make up your computer, you’ve gotta start with a motherboard. There are hundreds of different motherboards on the market with different features and prices. If your goal is to build the cheapest computer possible, the motherboard I’m featuring is not for you. Yet if you want a very fast computer, the Asus Z87 Deluxe DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard (shown below) is a wonderful place to start.
Since I know someone will ask, the list price of the motherboard is $289.99 and it is selling at Amazon for $264.99 as I write this (I don’t control Amazon prices and they can change at any time). As this is just a motherboard, you’ll still need a case, power supply, processor, memory, drives and more to build the full computer.
Want WiFi support on a desktop computer? This one has it. Need a bunch of USB 3.0 ports? Yup, got those too. Have a bunch of drives you want to connect using 6 Gb/s SATA? You can have as many as ten on this motherboard. Yes, it is loaded with more features than the average person can use. Yet it is also reassuring that you’ll have plenty of room to expand. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to add something and finding out that the only answer is a new motherboard.
It was nearly four years ago that I built my current computer. Some of you would have said that I went overboard with some of my choices. Maybe so, but I’m still running the same machine today and it still is plenty fast for my needs. So while it may cost a bit more to build a fast computer now, the good news is that it will really pay off in the long run!