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How to Build a Computer from Scratch: Complete Blueprint

Create Your Own Custom-Built PC

By Matt Thomas | in Online Courses

Have you always wanted to build your own computer but lacked the know-how? Would you like to save money on an awesome custom-built computer while learning all about computer architecture along the way? In this course, you'll not only learn how to assemble your very own computer from scratch, but you'll learn all about the functional roles of the various components and hardware that make up a computing system.

  • Access 51 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7
  • Learn about the basic functions of a computer system
  • Pick out appropriate hardware for your build
  • Assemble all hardware needed for a fully functional computer
  • Wire everything within the case like an expert
  • Install an OS onto a computer
  • Build a new home or office computer
Matt Thomas is a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.

Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.

Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!

Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required

Course Outline

  • What To Expect and What You Will Take Away
    • Welcome (0:23)
    • Benefits of Building Your Own Computer vs. Buying One Pre-built (2:27)
  • Assessing Your Needs: Start planning for your build
    • What Will You Demand From Your Computer?
    • Consider and Set Your Budget (0:56)
  • Functions of the Machine: How a Computer Works
    • Learning About Components
    • Walk-through of a Computer's Inner Hardware (2:27)
    • The Motherboard (1:11)
    • The CPU (Central Processing Unit) (1:56)
    • What Is RAM? (0:54)
    • The Power Supply (1:08)
    • Learn About Storage Devices
    • What is a Dedicated Graphics Card? (1:45)
    • Optical Drives; Do You Need One?
    • Optimizing Airflow with Case Fans (1:04)
    • Hardware review
  • How to Choose Your Components
    • Best Sources for Buying Computer Hardware (1:53)
    • Consider Your Motherboard (2:33)
    • AMD vs Intel
    • Choosing your Ideal Motherboard (12:36)
    • Choosing the Appropriate CPU (5:52)
    • Finding the Perfect Case (3:25)
    • Getting the RAM You Need (4:44)
    • Choosing the Right Storage Device (4:26)
    • Acquiring a Suitable PSU (3:31)
  • Optional Components to Consider
    • Finding the Right Graphics Card for your Needs
    • Shopping for Your Perfect Graphics Card (3:55)
    • Aftermarket CPU cooling devices (7:27)
    • Extra Case Fans (1:48)
  • Computer Accessories: The functions of I/O devices
    • Input/Output Devices (1:23)
    • Finding the Right Monitor
    • Choosing your Keyboard/Mouse
    • Acquiring All Tools Needed for Your Build
  • Time To Start The Build: Install all hardware necessary to run a computer
    • Quick Run-Through before Commencing your Build (2:44)
    • Prepare the Case for Installation (1:27)
    • Installing the Motherboard (3:26)
    • Installing the CPU & Heatsink w/ Fan (4:51)
    • Note: Installing Aftermarket CPU Cooling Device
    • Installing RAM Sticks (2:19)
    • Installing your Storage Device(s) (2:59)
    • Installing Case Fans (2:18)
    • Installing Power Supply (3:22)
    • Installing Graphics Card (3:18)
  • Computer Wiring: Wire everything in the case like an expert
    • Wiring Overview (2:04)
    • Wiring the PSU (5:25)
    • Wiring Case buttons (Power button, USB ports, Audio ports.. etc) (9:29)
    • Connecting the SATA Cable(s) and Heatsink (3:42)
    • Check & Re-Check!
    • Test your build (2:52)
    • Did Something Go Wrong?
  • Installing your Operating System: Install an OS Onto a Bare Computer
    • Congrats! Whats Next?
    • BIOS and Installing the OS
    • Congratulations!

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Advanced Computer Hardware Modifications: Colder and Faster

Discover Advanced Computer Building Tactics Like CPU Liquid Cooling, Storage RAID, & More

By Matt Thomas | in Online Courses

Colder temperatures, faster storage speed, and performance graphics rendering. They're all crucially important points in computer user experience. Looking to upgrade your computer hardware to achieve any of those points? Here, you'll learn how to do it all.

  • Access 24 lectures & 0.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Cover the most effective method of CPI cooling: closed-loop liquid cooling
  • Learn about the various tricky aspects about RAID setups
  • Understand how to increase data read/write speeds & prepare your computer for a drive crash
  • Discover the workings of multi-GPU technology to massively enhance your computer's rendering capabilities
Matt Thomas is a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.

Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.

Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!

Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • [Intro] Advanced Computer ModificationsPage01_1 (1:46)
  • Liquid Cooling
    • How does "Liquid Cooling" work? (1:27)
    • Identifying and Prepping your Motherboard (1:45)
    • Configuring the Cooling Unit (0:32)
    • Installing the Radiator (0:45)
    • Securing the Pump (2:48)
    • Installing the radiator's fans (1:55)
    • Wiring the Pump (2:55)
  • RAID Utilization
    • What is RAID setup & What can I gain? (0:33)
    • RAID 0 (1:13)
    • RAID 1 (2:01)
    • RAID 5 (2:10)
    • RAID 6 (0:53)
    • RAID 10 (1:09)
    • Hardware RAID Setup (1:28)
    • Software RAID Setup (1:47)
    • Final Notes on RAID (1:26)
  • SLI / Crossfire Technology
    • Intro to SLI / Crossfire and What You Need to Set it Up (1:05)
    • What you need for Setup (1:19)
    • How Multi-GPU Configurations Works to Co-Render Graphics (0:54)
    • Real-world Multi-GPU Usage (2:03)
    • Installing and Allowing your Cards to Communicate (0:57)
    • Enjoy the Increased Performance / Final Notes (1:10)
  • Wrap-up
    • Final Thoughts (1:04)

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Computer Network Cabling: Ethernet Wiring Infrastructure

Explore the Physical Side of Computer Networking

By Matt Thomas | in Online Courses

Cabling is one of the fundamentals of the IT world. Whether you're an intern or a Level III Technician, you'll eventually run into a situation that requires you to create and run cable. What seems like an easy task can turn into a real headache if the proper steps aren't executed well. By the end of this course, you'll know network cable wiring inside and out.

  • Access 21 lectures & over 0.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Cut & measure ethernet cable wiring
  • Determine category types
  • Install RJ45 connectors onto cables
  • Wire & establish connections w/ jacks/ports
  • Test & diagnose new/existing connections
Matt Thomas is a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.

Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.

Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!

Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Network Cables: A Look at the basic ideas behind CAT5/CAT6 cables.
    • Intro to the Uses of Network Cabling (0:47)
    • A Look into CAT5/CAT6/CAT7 (4:30)
  • In-depth Look at Networking Cables
    • Splicing and Examining Inner Wiring (2:00)
    • RJ45 - Connectors (0:44)
    • Jacks and Color Coding (A / B) (1:05)
  • Your Toolbox for Cabling: Learn about all the different tools it takes to do a cabling job
    • Crimpers (1:16)
    • Punchdown Tool (0:59)
    • Electrician Scissors (0:50)
    • Cable Tester (1:58)
  • Creating a Patch Cable: Splicing and Wiring Networking Patch Cables
    • The purpose of a Patch Cable (0:35)
    • Splicing and Exposing Wire (3:50)
    • Color Coding and Leveling (1:49)
    • Adding and Securing the Connector (1:26)
    • Adding and Securing the Connector PT 2 (4:57)
    • Testing the New made cable (1:14)
  • Punching the Cable into Jacks: How to Create Jacks
    • Fitting and Wiring the Jack (3:13)
    • Punching Down the Jack (3:08)
    • Fitting and Punching down PT 2 (2:52)
    • Testing the new Jack (2:02)
  • Running Cable
    • Considerations and Helpful Tools for Running Cable (1:21)
  • Wrap-Up
    • Working in the Real World (0:50)

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Upgrading Laptop Hardware: Improve Speed, Memory, & Cooling

Discuss the Basics of Laptop Hardware

By Matt Thomas | in Online Courses

Laptop hardware is slightly different from an ATX-sized setup and, as a beginner, navigating through laptop internals can be very risky. Yet internal maintenance and upgrades are just as important as software maintenance. There's quite a bit you can do to upgrade your laptop's overall performance. Even if you've never touched hardware before, you'll be able to effectively handle everything presented in this course.

  • Access 18 lectures & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Upgrade to a higher capacity storage device
  • Improve your RAM chip(s)
  • Clean & refresh your CPU cooling unit
  • Swap in an SSD
  • Improve your machine's performance while also getting to know the ins & outs of how it functions
Matt Thomas is a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.

Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.

Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!

Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required

Course Outline

  • First Section
    • What You'll Learn In This Course (1:12)
    • Direct Benefits of Cleaning and Upgrading Hardware (3:02)
  • Getting Familiar with Components: Hardware Overview
    • Quick Glance at Storage and RAM (3:27)
    • Hardware Layout on a Different Model (2:03)
  • Cleanup: Safely Clean Internal Parts with Compressed Air
    • Blowing Dust (3:31)
  • Storage Replacement: Easily Remove / Replace Laptop Storage Device and Optimize for Either Speed or Space
    • HDD vs SSD
    • Disk Removal (2:23)
    • Swap / Re-Install (1:45)
  • Identifying Areas of Improvement for RAM
    • Identifying RAM + Removal (1:19)
    • Re - Installation (1:08)
  • Journey to the CPU: Accessing the Most Integral Component
    • Keyboard Removal (4:16)
    • Full Case Dismantle (5:34)
    • Motherboard Removal (7:41)
    • Removing CPU Cooling Unit and Cleaning the CPU Itself (5:43)
  • Re - Assembly
    • Applying Fresh Thermal Paste & Heatsink Re-Install (4:48)
    • Mantling the Motherboard (6:22)
    • Keyboard Installation and Case Completion (6:57)
  • Wrap-Up
    • Laptop Upkeep (2:41)

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CPU Overclocking: Unlock Your Processor's Hidden Potential

Learn How to Overclock CPU Processor Functions

By Matt Thomas | in Online Courses

Overclocking refers to the fundamental process of increasing the processing speed of computer hardware. Ever have your applications or programs freeze or dramatically slow down on you? A very effective way to increase the speed of your computer is by carefully and precisely increasing your CPU's processing frequencies. In this course, you'll learn about everything from processing frequencies to safely testing every modification along the way, making sure your computer remains stable.

  • Access 12 lectures & over 0.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Increase application start-up times
  • Improve audio/video render times
  • Compile programs & files more efficiently
  • Create a smoother overall PC performance
Matt Thomas is a tech fanatic with a passion for computer hardware and an extensive background in the professional IT field.

Naturally, he's loved tinkering with computers his whole life, building and upgrading various systems along the way. He has acquired a wide variety of skills as a result of his years of experience working with hardware. From setting up extreme performance rigs to cabling new and old infrastructure, he's done it all.

Nothing makes him happier than passing on his expertise onto those out there willing to learn and expand their skill sets. Knowledge should be applicable, understandable, and most importantly, useful. If you take any of his courses, you'll see how detailed he gets in breaking down every idea. You won't miss a thing!

Details & Requirements

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Compatibility

  • Internet required

Course Outline

  • Introduction: Get An Idea of the Reasons we Overclock
    • So, What Is Overclocking? (3:43)
    • Real-world Advantages of Overclocking (1:54)
  • Equipment Check: Getting Ready to Tweak
    • In-depth Look at CPU Coolers (3:58)
    • Quick Look at Various Cooling Options (3:25)
    • Installing Aftermarket Cooler (0:40)
  • Pre-Test: Stress Test Computers before Overclocking
    • Required Software (2:13)
    • Stress Test (2:23)
  • Navigating BIOS & Frequency Manipulation: Manipulating CPU Settings
    • Accessing Your BIOS (1:21)
    • In-Depth Analysis of Clock Speed (FSB) x Multiplier (7:59)
    • Establishing Stable Core Voltage / VCore (11:15)
  • Running Benchmarks
    • Further Testing (1:04)
  • Wrap Up
    • Working With Your Overclocked CPU (1:25)

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