Are you thinking about building your first PC but don’t know where to start? Or are you concerned about choosing the right components to create a balanced and functional build?
In this case, using the PC Part Picker website can help. The site has a ton of information about PC components so you can make the right choice for your first build.
Why is PC component compatibility important and how to check it?
In the past, you had to do a lot of research to find out which parts were compatible. Even then, you sometimes buy multiple components only to find that they don’t all fit in your chosen case.
Fortunately, it is now easy to check the compatibility of parts before buying any equipment. Sites like PC Part Picker will let you add your chosen hardware to a list and will alert you to any incompatibilities.
How to check part compatibility with PC Part Picker
To check the compatibility of the parts of the hardware you are about to purchase, go to the PC Part Picker website. Then select System Builder from the menu above. Here you will see a list of components such as CPU , motherboard and memory .
To add a component, such as a processor, click the blue button labeled » Select Processor » . Add all the different components you are thinking of buying for your build.
Now look at the colored bar below the link for your build. If everything is compatible, the bar will be green with «Compatibility: See Notes Below» written on it. The notes will let you know if there are any compatibility issues that cannot be verified (for example, some coolers are only suitable for specific configurations). But, as a rule, if the stripe is green, then you are good to go.
If there are compatibility issues, such as a motherboard that doesn’t support your chosen processor, the compatibility bar will be red with «Compatibility Attention!» These parts have potential issues or incompatibilities.» If you click on details, you will see exactly which parts are incompatible.
How to budget the cost of selected components
Anyone with an embedded PC knows that the costs of various components can quickly add up. In addition to the basic components such as processor, motherboard, RAM, power supply, video card and memory, there are other costs to consider.
Maybe you need an aftermarket cooler, or maybe you need an expensive case to showcase your build. You should also keep in mind the budget for extras such as fans, case lighting, or a sound card. Not to mention shipping costs if you buy your components online. All these small expenses can add up.