Make Computer at your house-save money-The Computer Cabinet

All we use computers but some of us purchase a branded computers and others purchase the so called assembled computers. Efficiency of both the machines depend upon the types of components used to assemble the computer and not on the fact that on which table it has been assembled. A computer assembled on a small desk by a technician in his house may work better than that assembled on a conveyer belt of a highly popular brand, if the components used by the technician are of better quality. Assembling a computer at your house is a very easy task. all components and cables are easily available in the market and most of the cables and connectors are so desined that these do not fix in the wrong sockets. If you assemble a computer with high quality components at your house you can save atleast $170.00(INR-10000.00). So why not to try your self.
I have started a series of articles on this subject. Today's article deals with a list of components you need before starting to assemble a computer at your house and comprehensive information on first item(The Computer Cabinet) you need. This series will continue till I explain all Items till first start of the machine one by one-

List of Items required to assemble a computer at your own house

(1)  A Case or Cabinet
(2)  An ATX Mother Board
(3)  A power Supply Unit
(4)  A Hard Drive
(5)  RAM
(6)  Connecting Cables
(7)  DVD Writer
(8)  Speakers(Optional)
(9)  Processors

A Computer Case or Computer Cabinet

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First of all you need a case or a cabinet in which you have to assemble all the required components(Parts) of your computer. A computer case is called by various names like Computer Chassis, System Unit, Tower. Some time it is also called as simplly computer which is not correct. Two types of computer cabinets are available in the market. One is iron or metal cabinet or other is a plastic cabinet. The plastic cabinet will be a better choice because it is more safe against electric shock hazards, though it may cost some more. Various designs of cabinets are available in the market so choose your favourite one


Before finalizing the selection of your computer cabinet you have to consider the following factors-
Through in previous years most of the computer cases had simple rectangular shapes, and were often painted beige, black cream or white without paying any attention to design but now the computer cabinets are available in many attractive disigns and shapes. Some cases are available with clear side panels or acrylic windows so that users can look inside while the system is in action. Computer Cabinet Size
Your size selection will depend upon the mother board you have selected. Mother Board is the largest component of most of the computers and shape and size of a computer cabinet will always be determined by the form factor of the motherboard, better to choose a full-size cabinet because these are larger with more room for drive bays and expansion slots. The Peripheral Component Interconnect Express slots for the fastest graphics cards, CD/DVD drive, USB drive sockets etc. must always be borne in mind.
Check for the power supply unit and drive bays, and the panels can accommodate peripheral connectors coming from the motherboard and expansion slots. Check for a power switch, a reset button, and LEDs indicating power status as well as hard drive. Some of the modern cases indicate network activity also. Some cabinets have built-in I/O ports (USB and headphone) on the front of the case. Such a case will also include the wires needed to connect these ports, switches and indicators to the motherboard. Note-Major components are fixed as, the motherboard is usually screwed to the case along its largest face, power supply unit is often fixed at the top rear of the case, drive bays on both the front and rear of the case, optical drives,  hard drives, floppy drives and card readers, I/O ports, temperature and/or processor speed monitors in front, Ventilators are mostly found on the back, and rarely on the side of the case.
Internal access
You can choose either a single side panel removable to access the internal components or a large cover  saddling the chassis. In most computer cabinets components are screwed to hold but tool less cases are also available in the market. In these cases components are held together with snap-in plastic rails, thumb screws, or other not requiring fixing tools which facilitates quick assembly and modification of computer hardware.

Next post on The Mother board will follow soon.



  1. The idea is good and appreciable. Though money can be saved but I think there must me some practical knowledge. The profile of the author shows that he himself is an engineer and therefore it may be very easy for him

  2. The job of assembling a computer at your home seems to be not so easy as it sounds in practical however the author has explained in very detailed way