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Build Your Own Intel Core i7 Machine - A HardwareZone DIY Special
By Kenny Yeo
Category : DIY Guides
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 31st May, 2009

Starting Afresh

"If you want something done right, you got to do it yourself."
- A DIY PC Builder

For a true PC user, no other words are truer. DIY PCs, short for Do-It-Yourself PCs, have been popular because of two reasons mainly - the freedom to choose the components you want, and cost.

And in today's economic climate, these two factors have never been more relevant. Preconfigured systems are all good and well, but sometimes, the manufacturer puts in components you don't need or you wished you could change. For example, a system you like comes preconfigured with a graphics card that you rather not have because you think the onboard integrated graphics will suffice for your needs; or maybe the Radeon HD 4850 that comes with the system is underpowered for your needs; or perhaps you want a better monitor than what comes with it. A DIY PC will give you the freedom to choose what you want.

Furthermore, because you are acquiring the components yourself, you have the freedom to source for the best deals. Perhaps one store is offering a discount on RAM; or maybe another store is having a special promotion on hard disks - it is completely your call. The specifications and cost of the system are all in your control.

And this brings us to the purpose of this guide. Today, we are going to show you how to build a fairly high-end gaming rig based on Intel's newest Core i7 processor and platform. For those who have no intention of building such a high-end system, not to fear, because apart from some minor differences, building an Intel system remains roughly the same whether its on the new Core i7 or the older Core 2 processor based systems. You can refer to our older guide on how to build a Core 2 processor based system.

The Core i7 is Intel's newest and fastest processor yet for consumers.

To put together any PC system, you'll need these 9 components:-

  • CPU
  • CPU heatsink and cooler
  • Motherboard
  • Memory
  • Graphics card
  • System Casing
  • Power Supply Unit (PSU)
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
  • Optical Disc Drive (ODD)

In the pages following, we'll show you what are the criteria involved in selecting these components and how to put them altogether - all the way till installing the operating system. This is, after all, the ultimate guide to building an Intel Core i7 system, and we intend this to be an invaluable guide for anyone. So read on to get prepared for your maiden Intel Core i7 system!

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