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Old August 23, 2010, 11:23 PM
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I am going to order the parts for my computer from NCIX and I could get them to build/test it for $50 or I could just build it myself which is what I am hoping to do. I am worried about breaking or misinstalling parts and running into a lot of problems. Is it worth the trouble and if I do build it myself is there any video guides or tutorials to follow that would be helpful to this build?
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Old August 24, 2010, 05:08 AM
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The actual "building" is kind of easy and after you have done a few, the danger is that you will want to build more

I would consider prebuilt desktops for office use like Dell but always build my own and for others.

The first part of course is researching the motherboard, ram, video card and other components. You also need to ask yourself if you will want to overclock, that will also affect the components.

On basic systems I use memtest before installing the OS and thats about it. There are many apps to benchmark and stress the system if you are into that kind of thing.

Consider it a learning experience ...
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Old August 24, 2010, 05:59 AM
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There is no real deal in building it yourself. Only make sure to read all the manuel while doing everything. Don't push it to far, if unsure of something ask it here.
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Old August 24, 2010, 09:20 AM
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Ive already got all the parts selected I just don't know how to go about the actual building process
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Old August 24, 2010, 09:30 AM
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When you open the motherboard, remember to hang onto the manual. I'm sure many will attest that the motherboard manual is probably the single most valuable source of information you have access to when building a computer. That'll tell you exactly what to put where and how to do it, so read through it and keep it by your side when you're actually building it. You should be fine. The most confusing aspect will probably be wiring (I had troubles getting the hang of it in the beginning), but aside from that building a computer is pretty much like Lego.
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Most motherboards come with a quick install manual.... follow that and you should be fine as it will walk you through the whole process starting from installing the motherboard into the case.

Probably the most common mistake is to fill in all of the motherboard stand-offs on the case... this will cause a short. Make sure you line up your motherboard with the case and only install the stand-offs that match up with mounting holes on the motherboard.

Other than that... it's a fairly straight forward process, and if you have any issues at all, we're here and happy to point you in the right direction.
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Build it, i was in the same position last winter. There are video's all over youtube and information all over the internet not to mention that i'm sure many on this forum would walk you through it if you ran into trouble. Learn to build, its not that hard and something you dont forget once you've done it once.
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I say build it yourself. It's pretty fun, but make sure you don't get addicted .
Just read the manuals, and take it slow.
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