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:
- 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)
- 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).
"Something inside me....."