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When you have all the parts of a PC and you need to connect them into a working PC, which is the appropriate verb to describe this action: build, assemble or something else?

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I would say assemble, but there may be some specialist term used in the industry. – Barrie England Dec 31 '13 at 11:29
Both build and assemble are common, but the latter is more industrial-sounding than the former. I built my last PC myself from parts I got online, but I might work in a computer store assembling units. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 11:32
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To me building a PC is buying all the actual components (RAM, SSD, sound card, screen, etc) and putting them all into a case to make a computer. Whereas, assembling a PC just sounds like unpacking one from the box and plugging everything into the right port.

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Spoken as a true hardware geek/connoisseur. Only an actual hardware geek like you would understand why yours is the most appropriate answer. – Blessed Geek Dec 31 '13 at 13:21
I wouldn't call unpacking a machine and connecting monitors and keyboards and such things ‘assembling’ it—that's just connecting it (or something like that). I'd say your first sentence is spot on, though: what makes building a PC is the fact that you choose, find, buy, and procure the individual parts yourself. Once you have all the parts, putting them together into a box is the bit I'd call assembling it. If you only assemble a machine, it is implied that the parts are already there for you, they just need to be put together. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 13:29

You assemble a kit into a PC; you build a PC of choice configuration from the parts as needed.

So, decide if you want it a la mode or a la carte.

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Assemble is the verb you need to use, as you are putting together all the parts. All PC companies, and even the ones who custom-make them, use the word assemble.It is the accepted industry term.

Assemble: fit together the separate component parts of (a machine or other object). "my new machine is being assembled and my old one dismantled"

(Google dictionary)

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This is not correct: ‘assemble’ is not the only choice here; it is in fact the inferior choice in some contexts. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 31 '13 at 13:24
"Assembling a PC" is the most commonly used phrase that I have heard.Also,even when the parts are bought from different companies and put together, it is called assembling. – Preetie Sekhon Dec 31 '13 at 13:33

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