Solved I want to learn to build a PC from the best components

February 6, 2013 at 12:58:55
Specs: Windows 7/8/Linux, TBD
Where should I start to learn about how to build my own PC. I have basic knowledge (e.g. I have installed boards and replaced chips, added HDDs in my past), but I am not an EE or a computer engineer. This is for personal use not business, I guess you could say personal growth.

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#1
February 6, 2013 at 13:33:01
If you're new to building, why start with the "best components"? Do you have a couple thousand dollars saved up for this build? Because that's what the "best components" are going to cost you....

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#2
February 6, 2013 at 13:47:54
Maybe I should have said the best components within my budget,. However, that being said and since I am doing this for personal growth and experience, I could see possibly spending $2K over several months for what was determined (criteria to use?) to be necessary. I would think performance expectations along with expected usage to partially drive those criteria, but since I am trying to learn the what along with the how of building the computer, I really need to start with basics.

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#3
February 6, 2013 at 14:28:17
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There are lots of articles on how to build a computer online. Just Google some tutorials. No one here will type out a discourse on how to build. Doing your own research is part of the process. Google how to bench test a new build, that's one of the most important steps you can take. Good Luck !!!!

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#4
February 6, 2013 at 14:59:27
If you eventually choose hardware you can come back here and post the list, using active links and someone will critic your list for quality and compatibility.

One thing I will tell you, Choose a case that has a top mounted power supply but don't buy a case with a power supply already included. They are usually junk. There are 3 or 4 good brands of power supplies.

Go to newegg.com and read the reviews on chosen components.


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#5
February 6, 2013 at 15:31:32
Ahhh, Grasshopper. You have learned well. Thank you, that is exactly what I have been trying to do, but when you google the subject, there are hundreds of hits. Any key words, topics, phrases, or other suggestions that you would recommend about how I can winnow the hundreds of hits so I do not waste my time reading something that might have been written by someone with no more experience than I have? For example, in other research I have done, you quickly learn what the seminal articles are on a topic and anything worth its salt references those articles, so you can pretty much filter out anything that does not.

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#6
February 6, 2013 at 15:33:26
Othehill - thank you for the suggestion on cases and the pointer to reviews on newegg.

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#7
February 6, 2013 at 15:48:07
riider provided a link in #1 above. Just click on it.

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