I recently built a new computer. I am, in fact, using said computer to type this post. I bought all of the components individually from Newegg, and put them all together myself. This was a lot more work than it may seem at first. I had a spreadsheet where I recorded several possible builds. I found each of the components I wanted, and recorded them, and their prices on the spreadsheet. Then I totaled up the price of each of the builds, and selected one of them.
Below is me with my motherboard. The motherboard is the first step in putting it all together.
After that was in, I moved on to the processor. That little grey square is what drives my computer. It’s small, but it has a lot of power in it. For anyone to whom this means anything, it is an AMD Phenom II X6 1055. (I think. I’m not 100% certain any more)
On the bottom of that are around 1000 tiny pins. They all have to be perfectly straight or the computer won’t work at all. Once you get that in, you put a heat sink on top of it. See that large fan below? That is the heat sink, already in place. The fan is sitting on a bunch of thin metal plates, to help diffuse the heat.
I don’t have any pictures past there. The slots below the processor (which is sitting underneath the heat sink) are for the RAM. I filled 2 of the 4 available. There was also the graphics card, hard drive, DVD/CD drive, and my wireless adapter, since the computer is up in my room.