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Computer hardware is the physical components that a computer system uses

Quite simply, computer hardware is the physical components that a computer system requires to function. It encompasses everything with a circuit board that operates within a PC or laptop; including the motherboard, graphics card, CPU (Central Processing Unit), ventilation fans, webcam, power supply, and so on.

Computer hardware & DIY is the process of designing, creating or modifying computers with a wide selection of hardware and accessories. Computer DIY projects are accomplished by individuals rather than a professional.

Most people in Zambia like to build their own computers. A smaller number like to modify them to boost the speed of the processor and make them more powerful. The main goal for both is to make it easier for themselves by emulating the relatively low-powered processors found in the first personal computers.

Building your own computer is often cheaper than buying a ready-made one. This is because you can focus on the features you do need and leave out the ones that you don't. Computer manufacturers and retailers include the cost of assembly, support and other overheads in the price of a finished computer. When you build your own, you only have to pay the cost of the components, as you'll be taking care of everything else yourself.

Source your own hardware for a system that matches one sold as a complete computer online, and in most cases you'll be making a saving. The amount you can save depends on the type of components you're purchasing, and the seller you usually buy your machines from, but it can be up to several thousands of Kwacha.

Other benefits

  • Allows for easier upgrades
  • Will have a superior cooling system
  • It gives you a skill you’ll keep forever
  • It gives you the option for higher quality parts and accessories
  • Gives you better warranties
  • Gives you complete control for customization
  • Sharpens your problem-solving skills
  • Allows you to choose your operating system