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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. Dec 31, 2013 at 11:29
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    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. Dec 31, 2013 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. Dec 31, 2013 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. Dec 31, 2013 at 13:29
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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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When "building" a PC, you're just assembling a pre-produced, unique, specialized and working parts into a working rig. The most logical word choice here is "assemble".

Building would imply making those working parts from scratch, but that's what factories do.

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  • But we still speak of people building houses, when all of the 'parts' (bricks, joists, roof tiles, floor tiles, carpets, etc.) are made elsewhere. Dec 24, 2020 at 10:05
  • The way I personally see it: Computer parts (motherboard, Graphics card, processor, fans) are highly specialized parts with many components themselves. A brick is just a brick, not unique from other bricks in any way. You're not merely putting bricks together, there are processes behind it. Putting a GPU in its place and plugging it in doesnt seem like building to me. Just my view on this.
    – Belmin s
    Dec 26, 2020 at 15:46
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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. Dec 31, 2013 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. Dec 31, 2013 at 13:33

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