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how easy is it to build your own computer
my first build took about 3hrs- but luckily i had a friend to help me
when i got it wrong- now i can build a rig in under an hour including installing o/s
if you are thinking about it talk to people who have done it,do a lot of research
into what components and spec you want,-don't rush - there is a plethora of knowledge
on this forum - just ask and people will help
The simple answer is it's as easy as flatpack furniture except you can expect to have a LOT of spare screws :p . Just need to follow simple steps and rules and double check anything you do, and believe it or not static is actually a problem with more modern devices far more than older ones but this is very easy to get around and requires absolutely no straps just a PSU with a on/off flicker switch.
I helped a first timer build over the phone and using nothing but pictures sent via his spare PC, so it's relatively easy. You just need to take your time and not rush it. Here are a few tips for you
Some people recommend that you use an antistatic wriststrap, I never have and haven't had a problem yet. I would however recommend discharging yourself by touching something earthed first (like the metal part of something electrical)
1. Read the manual and familiarise yourself with the orientation and layout of the board.
2. Do NOT force the CPU into a socket, it will only fit in one way so should be orientated correctly and will just drop easily into the socket before being locked down.
3. When connecting the front panel connector wires the coloured wire is ALWAYS the + positive wire
e.g. On a connector with red & white wires, the red is + or on one with yellow & black the yellow is + (the - is usually white or black)
4. Do not connect the main large power connector to the board until last, after checking and checking again that everything is in the right place.
5. If in doubt, ASK... on a busy forum you will usually get a pretty quick reply
It's really not that hard, it generally takes a bit of common sense, patience and double checking your work. One final tip is if you happen to get everything built, press the button and nothing happens, just check to see if the PSU has a switch on it and that it's switched on. You'd be amazed at the amount of times people will forget to do that or switch on the mains in their hurry to check out their new build and have that sinking feeling for a few seconds until they remember (or is that just me).
Worst thing about a new build is the flippin cost i think,but having said that if you future proof your buys as much as your wallet will let you you wont go wrong.
psst tell them 1155 and 2011 sockets are due out last quarter of next year with quad channel ram
Software can barely handle current architecture gonna be hilarious to see how window's screws up with Quad channel.
Building a PC is a doddle. The most difficult bit is speccing it up and making sure you have bought everything you need.
Once you have all the bits in front of you its a simple job of clicking everything together and putting a couple of screws in to hold some cards in place.
If you are not looking for an all singing all dancing gaming rig then you can make life a lot easier for yourself and get a motherboard which has on board audio/video/LAN and not have to worry about extra cards for these!
As said, there is plenty of information available from the guys and gals on the forum so just ask if you need any help :)
Really easy. I built my first one a few years ago on my own... it took about 3 hours because I followed the manuals to the letter, everything worked perfectly though. I've built a few since then and they only take about 30 mins now.
Just make sure that everything is compatable with each other, do a little research and if you are unsure just ask here there are a lot of members who can give advice.
Yeap reading is the answer,make a list of what you want en start with your motherboard or cpu source your hardware list for reviews and prices you will probably adjust your list 2 or 3 times.Then post your items/hardware you will find that everyone will help you with any problems.Good luck