Tips on building a PC?

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Tips on building a PC?

Postby Diabolical » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:51 am

I've heard numerous times that building your own PC can be fairly easy, even for the average dumbass like myself.
With my computer dying a very slow death its something I've been considering looking into.
Anyone ever done this? Any good websites and/or books?
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Re: Tips on building a PC?

Postby Slicker » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:30 am

I actually built my PC when I was in Virginia and gave it to the parents. I think I spent about $800 and it was rather good (bear in mind that $200 of that was for the flatscreen monitor). I went to Newegg.com and they had everything I needed. I got the case, powersupply, motherboard, video card, RAM, and CPU. I'm sure I'm missing something in there though. It was literally like a high tech LEGO set putting it together. Everything has it's own instructions and by looking at all of them you can see where everything goes. Seeing as I'm coming back soon if you get the things you need I can come over and see what I can do to help.
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Re: Tips on building a PC?

Postby vynsane » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:39 am

yeah, i'm about to build my 7th system, have all the parts, just need the time to get it together. the bare essentials you will need are:

  • enclosure (case)
  • power supply (if it doesn't come with the case)
  • motherboard (you won't necessarily need a video card if it has onboard video. not going to be a screamer, but even onboard video is capable of playing video these days)
  • video card (if the mobo you choose doesn't have onboard video or if you want it for better gaming)
  • processor (make sure you buy a compatible motherboard. also, most come with a heatsink/fan combo, but be careful to make sure. buy a separate, better heatsink/fan if you aren't sure - it will also be quieter)
  • hard drive(s) (i wouldn't go lower than 160GB, the reduction to 80GB doesn't make sense for saving $4. you can go as high as 1TB (1000GB) if you've got the money, which is freakin' insane)
  • RAM (make sure it's compatible with the motherboard and processor - most likely will be DDR or DDR2, but look at the cycle frequency that the motherboard/proc supports, which usually is displayed in the form of "DDR2 PC26400/800mhz)

on top of that, of course, is software - starting with the operating system. i'm actually pretty impressed with Win7, so would recommend it. look for the system requirements and build your computer to those specs or higher.
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Re: Tips on building a PC?

Postby Diabolical » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:04 am

Thanks guys.
Doesn't sound too hard.

Thanks for the help offer Slick, but I won't be building one that soon (because this shit costs money). I was just wondering what I'd be getting myself into if I decided to do try.
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Re: Tips on building a PC?

Postby Slicker » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:52 pm

Diabolical wrote:Thanks guys.
Doesn't sound too hard.

Thanks for the help offer Slick, but I won't be building one that soon (because this shit costs money). I was just wondering what I'd be getting myself into if I decided to do try.
No worries. They really are simple to get together. Just smell what Vyn was cooking and you'll do fine. They're almost idiot proof to put together.
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Re: Tips on building a PC?

Postby jjreason » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:36 pm

7 years later I'm here to tell that you I just built a PC for Thomas, his first & my second. If I can do it - and I can't build anything - you can certainly do it. It's nowhere near as hard as lego. There are so few pieces it's almost absurd:

- Case
- Power supply (many times comes with case)
- Motherboard (affixes into the case with small screws, has specially designed slots that will only fit one type of connector - PCU slot for PCU, video card slot for video car, RAM slots for RAM, etc)
- Processor
- Hard Drive(s)
- RAM (1 or 2 pieces, usually 2 the same)
- Operating system software (usually a CD/DVD or USB stick with windows on it - you can make one of these using your existing copy of windows, you just won't be able to verify it in the new machine and microsoft doesn't seem to care right now)

And that will do it. Seriously - that can make a computer right there. The only tool needed is a phillips (star) screwdriver, preferably one that will pick up a small screw via magnetization if you happen to drop one into the case while building. Too easy. I had a worse time getting the windows CD written properly so that the machine would load it (and I can easily tell you how to do that when the time comes).
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