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Noobie Computer Building Resources/Info? Answered

I was shoppin around for a computer when it hit me (following is a transcript of my brain activity pertaining to thought that hit me ) "Hly crp dees comps pricy me broke : ,( ... WTF wats i need buy4? il just build me an awesome comp,butw8, how u build 1? me no remebr!! me knows! Ibles!!!! yes ask ibles, ibles knows ask ibles mm growlie hungry need food yum food oh look girl no no look girl they slapy ouchie food must hav food computr mm good ..." (yes thats really how my brain works) Assuming you probably didn't understand that, I decided I'll just build a computer instead of buying one. Anyone know of good books/resources for a noobie computer builder?

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

no offense to the person who wrote that, but its weak and leaves a lot to be desired. there are many good tutorials on computer building availabel for free on the internet. BTW, i feel kinda sad that no one asked me :-(

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

It's a good enough start, if you're not a CISCO certified IT Technician like me :D

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

i could be a cisco certified technician. i just need to take the test... and hope that i pass.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

You doing "IT Essentials"?

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

i was doing the whole cisco networking program thingy, but decided i just didnt really want to anymore.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

Ah, I'm starting the CCNA Course next year to become a network admin >:-]

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Its great for "I have the parts, now what?" -- but it doesn't say how to select the parts.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

Aha, but I'm a nerd.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

I did, but it was all stuff I'd known already mostly, I was more in the line of what sorta stuff to use and whatnot.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Which components to use will depend on what your are going to use the computer for. . If you just want to surf the web, e-mail, and write your school papers then just about any mid-line mobo will work (check the computer modding boards for recommendations). Whether you want integrated graphics/NIC/&c is up to you. Integrated is probably you're best bet for your first build and you can always disable the onboard stuff later if you want to upgrade. . Load it up with at least 1GB of RAM (anything over 2GB is probably overkill for home/school use). . I recommend at least 8GB for the boot drive. Probably hard to find one that small nowadays. heehee . I prefer Win XP (Pro), but Linux is free. . Unless you plan on building a game machine or a rendering engine, don't worry about high-end graphics.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks for the tips, I'm heading for an prettygood-ish machine, fast, brainy and CHEAP

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

> fast, brainy and CHEAP . Pick any two, but you can't have all three. ;)

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

its like the sign behind the counter at the drag race car supplies "speed costs money; how fast do you want to go??"

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

****! Cruising, brainy, cheap?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. I've bought quite a bit of stuff from Tiger Direct and have been very pleased. They have a good selection of cases, mobos, HDDs, RAM, &c at decent prices. The Tech Support is spotty (seems to depend on which Tech you're talking to), but when it's good, it's very good.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks!

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

also check newegg. they are owned by the same people as tiger direct i think. they tend to be more hardware oriented where tiger direct is a bit of everything. you can find some good deals there. i got a free flash drive with my router from there. granted its 512 megs. but hey, it was free.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Ah fond (not) memories of MinME.....

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Now THAT'S the truth, unless you don't mind it not working much of the time LOL

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

and if you are just going to be using it for the web, not playing any games, linux is great. its free, and practically virus free. overall though, nacho is right. we do need to know what you are going to be using it for though for better recommendations. oh, and no. i dont think you can buy 8 gig hard drives anymore. the smallest sata one i could find was 40...

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks!

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gyromild
gyromild

13 years ago

The most important thing to figure is your budget, and how advance your video gaming needs are. Assess you need like the example below: work / study: 20% video games: 5% other entertainment: 25% internet: 30% storage: 20% From here you will know where to cut corners and where to spend a little bit more.

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

and 1% smut :-) j/k it may have been mentionned on the guide, but dont try to save money by using the power supply provided with the case. these supplies are a peice of junk.

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

agreed. most people dont think about their psu, and it ends up costing them when their comp just randomly shuts off or they get weird little things happening.

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

or the 10$ psu dies, taking the 900$ system with it. plus the smell from the burning psu is horrible another thing to consider is the household circuit. picture this: your 700 watt power supply stutters and system re-boots every time you turn on your printer while your 32 inches lcd screen is on.

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its a lion
its a lion

Reply 13 years ago

yeah. i noticed something earlier when i was cleaning my room though... going back to the psu things. i could have sworn that my psu was 1000 watt... i was badly mistaken. i found the box. its 600. explains some of my weird problems that sounded exactly like a psu problem, but were dismissed because i knew it was a high enough wattage and worked fine. i guess i know what i need to buy sometime soon. i had changed it in my old comp when i upgraded my video card, and then when i built this one i was like "yeah its 1000 watts, its good." i was mistaken...

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 13 years ago

maybe not. before you try a new psu, try this trick: install a 1 to 22 uf capacitor between the 12 and ground and 5 and ground lines on the psu just before the cd drives. optical drives use a large surge of current going from 0 to full rpm. i think there is an instructabel on this.

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chaoscampbell
chaoscampbell

13 years ago

I'm just gonna suggest www.tigerdirect.ca or .com in the US best selection of parts at pretty much the best price. thats where I get all my parts other then a local shop in windsor