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Thread: Thinking Of Building My Own

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    Hi,
    Thinking of building my own computer (well tower anyhow )
    I'm a bit of a beginner in building and was wondering on peoples opinions on how hard it is?
    I mean I know the basics, in a mark out of 10 how difficult do you personally think it is for someone like me?
    Anyone know of any good sites for guides etc.?
    I know this is probably the best site I can think of for good advice!!

    Cheers!

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    check out pinned tiopic hardware guide

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    I built my first one last week and couldn't be happier. I'm probably a similar level to you, no expert but know the basics, though building it has taught me a whole lot more.

    As long as you're willing to do a little research you'll be fine I think. Tom's hardware is a good site, but I think you'll be better reading around about specific subjects so you know what you're doing rather than just following each step of an all-in-one guide.

    I say do it, you'll get a computer that will be exactly how you want it and you'll get a much better sense of satisfaction when it's done than you would do just driving home from the shops with it in the boot of your car.

    I can't really give you a mark out of 10 for difficulty, but I will say that it was easier than I imagined.

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    Prepare the computer case
    Open case
    Mount base screws
    Open expansion slots
    Prepare and mount the motherboard
    Mount CPU and CPU cooler
    Mount memory modules
    Mount motherboard onto case
    Connect power supply
    Mount the drives
    Mount floppy drive
    Mount hard drive
    Mount CD ROM drive
    Connect the drives and motherboard
    Connect floppy drive
    Connect hard drive
    Connect CD ROM drive
    Mount video and other add-on cards
    Mount video card
    Mount sound card
    Mount FAX/data modem
    Testing and getting ready for operating system
    Power-on for the first time

    And Billy, we all had to start sometime. The first time I built my own system, I made it out okay, so you should be fine.

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    Cheers you guys!!
    You make me feel like making it right now! (can't wait to try)


    One more thing though,

    Would you recommend buying the best you could afford now or trying on a smaller scale first? as not to waste too much much money on first attempt!

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    ud be better buying what u can afford, but there no point in gettuing a athlon 3200 and radeon 9800xt when all u do is sruf net a little if u get what i mean.

    there aint much chance in u actually breaking anything, and its false econemy to buy both systems

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    Wouldn't it be better to mount CPU/HSF and RAM before mounting the mobo?

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    could be argued both ways, but boatrd will be grounded when in case. and if they are the first to go in, then it aint hard to do them while in.

    also when building it, have u case power lead plugged in, but not switched on. to ground the case, and touch it while workign on it as not to damage components while working on them.

    and also dont take ur mobo out the anti static bag and lay it on top of it, as the outside of the bag insnt anti-static

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    Originally posted by Livy@31 January 2004 - 00:03
    ud be better buying what u can afford, but there no point in gettuing a athlon 3200 and radeon 9800xt when all u do is sruf net a little if u get what i mean.

    there aint much chance in u actually breaking anything, and its false econemy to buy both systems
    Yeah thats what i thought!!
    I got about 800

    I think that should get me a good games machine!!

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    Originally posted by BILLY&#045;THE&#045;FISH+31 January 2004 - 01:06--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (BILLY-THE-FISH @ 31 January 2004 - 01:06)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Livy@31 January 2004 - 00:03
    ud be better buying what u can afford, but there no point in gettuing a athlon 3200 and radeon 9800xt when all u do is sruf net a little if u get what i mean.

    there aint much chance in u actually breaking anything, and its false econemy to buy both systems
    Yeah thats what i thought&#33;&#33;
    I got about 800

    I think that should get me a good games machine&#33;&#33; [/b][/quote]
    thatd get u a pretty good machine.

    i got this machine last month

    athlon 2500xp barton
    biostar m7ncd
    512mb crucial pc2700
    ati radeon 9200se
    17" flat crt
    case comcbo kit(speaker, keyboard mouse)
    floppy
    sony dvd-rom
    80gig maxtor drive
    cables and fans

    for 400 of ebuyer and dabs

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