PC Build – How to Choose a Case and Motherboard – DIY in 5 PC Build Part 1


Yes, I totally 100% most definitely built
this myself and it wasn’t overwhelming at all… Hello and welcome to DIY in 5, the show where
we increase your tech know-how one byte at a time – that’s byte with a ‘y’. My name’s Trisha Hershberger and I’m really
excited because today’s episode begins a journey – a journey that many only dream of – a true adventure whereby a young techie Padawan becomes a Jedi. Build this PC you must! Sorry, that was awful. Yep, that’s right. We’re embarking together on the voyage that
is building your own PC. If a custom PC is something you’ve been
dreaming about but weren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered – component
by component. Today’s episode will be focused on the case
and the motherboard. Other components will be covered in upcoming
episodes so be sure to subscribe to catch ‘em all. It’d be a real dang shame if you tried to
boot up without any power! When shopping for any PC components, there
are a few things to keep in mind. Make a budget. Think about what you plan to use the PC for
and allocate the most moneys to the components that are YOUR highest priority. After all, this is your custom
PC build for a reason. Do your research – read as many reviews of
components as you can. Great benchmarks are worth nothing if consistency
and reliability are nowhere to be found. Also, it’s best to future proof
as much as possible. You want this thing to last a long time and
technology is constantly changing. 10TB of SSD? Yeah, I am totally going to need that. With these overall tips kept in mind, let’s
start off by talking about what type of casing you want to house all your components in. Cases come in a variety of sizes
to match your motherboard. They are referred to as ATX sizes – mini,
micro, super, etc. Make sure that whatever size you choose is large
enough to house all the components you are going to put in it and be sure it matches
your motherboard or vice versa. In addition to case size, the type of case
you get is important too. If you are looking for something quiet, there
are cases made with foam or other padding on the front and side
panels for noise dampening. Shh! I’m trying to write
this DIY in 5 script! Want to show off the goods? You can get a case with glass on one side
to provide a window into your system. Mmm! Lookin’ fine! These cases usually come with built in ambient
lighting and/or support for RGB LED strips to really make your system look cool. There are also open systems which provide
easy access to all your components and A+ airflow, but do leave your system open to
dirt, dust and you hear everything. And nowadays there are also tool-free cases that don’t
even require a screwdriver to swap components! Cases also have a dedicated area for the PSU, or power
supply unit and some even come with it included. We’ll deep dive into PSUs later, but for
now it’s important to decide if you want your PSU bottom mounted, which gives your
system a lower center of gravity making it more stable, or rear-mounted, which is usually the top
rear, giving your system more build and cooling options. Finally, you’ll want to make sure the case you choose
has every type of port you anticipate needing. Most cases come
with two front panel USB ports. Will you also want SATA,
memory card slots, USB 3.0, etc? These are all important to consider. Now, let’s talk motherboards – the very
foundation of your whole system. The motherboard connects all the most important components of your PC and allows
communication between them. Honestly, it’s probably the most complex
part of your whole system and it most likely has a
bunch of features you won’t use. When choosing the right motherboard, remember
that it needs to match in size with your case. The most common size of
motherboard is Standard ATX, which stands for
Intel’s Advanced Technology Extended. Then there’s flex, micro, embedded, and
mini, which are smaller and extended and
workstation for larger builds. The biggest difference between small and large
boards are expansion slots and CPU support. You know how we had to
match motherboard and case size? Well, you also need to match
your motherboard to your CPU. Different CPUs fit different processor sockets,
so you may want to decide which CPU you want first, then find a motherboard to match. Your motherboard manufacturer should have
a full list of which CPU series it is compatible with. The chipset on your motherboard is the part
that’s responsible for all the gibber jabber between your CPU, RAM, GPU and peripherals. It also has support for features like USB
3.0, the latest PCI-e, etc. So be aware of all the features you think you’ll need
when shopping motherboards. When you are making
that feature wish list, like I said before, be sure
to take your future self into consideration. …some of
that DDR8. Burn everything
with sequins. Will you want USB 3.1
or USB Type-C? How about M.2 SSDs? Will you need wireless because that’s usually
only included on smaller motherboards where you may not have room for a PCI card or
much more pricey motherboards. Don’t panic here, you can always get an
inexpensive Wi-Fi add-on later if you’d rather do that. Once you’ve chosen your motherboard you
are well on your way to your own custom rig! The motherboard layout will show you what
goes where and then the real hype can begin. But don’t get too carried away and buy everything
just because you know where it goes. We’ll get into the nitty gritty of CPU,
RAM, GPU and a bunch of other letters
that go together in later episodes. Have you built your
own system before? If you have any tips to share, please leave
them in the comments below. And if this is your first build, and you plan on doing it
alongside this series, keep us posted on your progress! We’d love to hear about it. My name’s Trisha Hershberger and thank you
for watching this episode of DIY in 5.

100 thoughts on “PC Build – How to Choose a Case and Motherboard – DIY in 5 PC Build Part 1

  1. Computer component prices can change very quickly and new chips and boards come out all the time so be sure to research and compare that a little bit before buying components!

  2. Tip that wasn't mentioned when researching parts watch out for future releases on parts because that will affect prices. I just went through all that with the recent AMD and Intel releases

  3. Hi! I love how simple and professional the videos are – Continue and im sure you will have hundreds of thousands of subs in no time!

  4. You didn't mention the moxies per eggsoil powered by the klystron frequency modulator which runs at the speed of light at the 240th power.

  5. I want to buy a gaming motherboard but there are lots of them in market both cheaper and expensive. which one i should go for?
    Z270 or Z370. i want it to work with my new processor i7 8700k and it should be future proof as well. i plan on using a graphics card and then add another in sli few years down the line.

  6. Hi! Excellent tutorial and thank you. I'm looking at a NZXT – H700i and just beginning to work out the details for the most compatible chipset and motherboard for my MIDI studio. I think I would like a motherboard that is both Firewire and USB. Also, external hard drive slots, memory cards, and the more USB ports the better. Does a board like this exist? Welp, on to video two. Thanks again!

  7. I have a tip. DO NOT future proof your computer because you'll be building a new one in 3 years. The case and drive are the only things you'll port over. Maybe your psu if it's still alive. Everything else will be obsolete.

  8. For some of us we learn by atoms. Which is the smallest part of matter. In this case, try to make your videos as though you were teaching children there ABC's (of technology of course.) Your videos are full of energy so you grasp my attention. Only thing is you talk too fast, and some terms you say I don't know what they mean. I understand the General of what your talking about though.

  9. Hi Trisha,
    I work in a distributed data system. All my research work experiments are limited to my office work station, which is a virtual pc.
    What configuration would best suit me, if I want to run a distributed cluster at home ? I have tried by upgrading my laptop with 16 gig of RAM, but while running the VMs its performance is still sub optimal.
    My most use case is work in a Hadoop environment, running a VM. Would be great if you can provide some tips on this.

    By the way, it's great to see a woman going sooo strong in the tech world, love your videos. May be you can start having extended videos of topics and fields to throw some more light.
    Thanks again, you and your team is doing a great job.
    Best Regards,
    Shaanvi

  10. After a build, Type all data on each component with serial numbers, affix this to the inside cover of the box for later use…

  11. So I umm did everything you told us to do in reverse…. I was curious of what you think is one of the budget friendly cases that will allow me to install a push type A10 deep cool captain liquid cooling unit inside. Beyond the case all I need is my HDD, and RAM. so almost there lol

  12. Nobody buys kingston products. Anyone caught buying from nVidia are considered terrorists.
    We don't use standing chassis. You didn't build anything, you assembled it.
    Here's your trophy, dumb millennial.
    You can put your liberal hipster glasses back on now

  13. Ensure that the cabling is plugged in correctly, not doing so could be expensive. Reverse the polarity and you could fry components. I was lucky, the power just wouldn't turn on.

  14. Remember to check whether your old beat up power supply (at least 10 years old) gives enough power for your new components when you upgrade your hardware.

  15. 1. DONT budget. Future proofing is more important. Even if you have to wait longer to get all your parts – check out my stupidly impulsive 2080ti. Incidentally, last pc I built until now was 8 years ago. The "research" part took me so long that my reward was only ever having to change the g.card and add some memory over that 8 years. But now a few things are actually starting to utilise the cpu so my 1st gen i7 920 isn't cutting it quite as well as I would like.

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  18. I have a ASrock H61M-VG4 how would i know if it is atx and what it is conpatible with? I am hoping to put this inside AvP X6 Mid Tower how can i tell if it is compatible? I also have an hp pavilion mother board too (Hp 700846-001 MS-7778 V1.0 SOCKET FM2)

    i have googled and none of them say atx etc? Do you know or how csn i find out?

  19. Still unclear. How do you know which case best fits your mobo? I mean it's not like you'll be present mostly to buy them together

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