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Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:03 pm

Has anybody in this forum ever built there own computer? If so what did you put in it and how did/does it work? I will be building one in the next week or so and would greatly appreciate any advice from somebody who has a little experience.

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:11 pm

I think "Assembled" is a more appropriate term. Yes I have done that many times.

Basically you go down to your local COmputer Hardware Dealer (not a retail store, more expensive!) and buy out the parts. Typically: A motherboard of choice, a CPU (Intel or AMD), Hard Disk, Memory Banks etc. You will also need a Power Supply and also an external stabilizer if your area is prone to voltage fluctuations.

This is the part that actually takes time! The actual assembly takes barely half and hour! I did it becuase it was much cheaper than buying a branded PC. My first PC came for almost Rs.42K. Assembling a similar piece for my second and third machines came to just around Rs.28K!

Ofcourse there is no AMC or anything!

All the best!

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 12:34 pm

I just did it myself 3 weeks ago and am very pleased. Much cheaper and you can get as much or as little computer as you want or need.

I went upmarket and future proof - not planning on doing anything else for at leats 3 years - and got the (second) best of everything especially for image editing. The very best being over twice the price. Actually putting it together takes very little time but take your time in case you break something putting it in. You will need a chip-pressing tool.

P4 2.8 gig, 2 x 512 Dimm Ram, 16 x DVD/CD R/RW, 6 x PS2, 2 x ethernet ports, LAN Card, Kick arse sound and video cards, TV card .... other stuff ...

Don't forget to spend and get the best MB, HDD and BUS you can. Without these the other hot stuff doesn't operate to full potential. I also got myself a 17 inch flatscreen TFT monitor which all just got a bit cheaper over here.

The lot cost about 190,000 yen and I am very pleased.
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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 1:00 pm

I've done it many a time. I found it works out great when it comes time to upgrade, because you can do it piecemeal. Over the years I've lost count of the number of systems I've built for me and others. The last computer I built for myself from scratch was 5 years ago, but almost nothing is original-

AMD K62-300
ATI video card
64mb of EDO ram
SoundBlaster PCI 128 soundcard
Creative DVD-ROM
Maxtor 6 gig ATA/33 hard drive

Since then, however, I've made the following upgrades
HP 2x2x6 CD-RW
ISA 10Mbps network card
128 MB PC100 RAM
Sanyo 6x4x32 CD-RW
8 gig Maxtor ATA/33 hard drive
PCI 10/100Tx NIC
256 MB PC100

new case, system board and Duron 600
Soundblaster pro
2.4x DVD+RW
WD ATA-100 60 gig hard drive
Athelon 1.3Ghz

The hardest part is figuring out what you want to buy. But after that first time, you can then pick and choose what you want/need. I'm still using my orginal video card, because I don't do much gaming, and havn't seen the need to upgrade yet.

The actual assembly is easy, just becareful about ESD, especially in the winter when it's this dry out. Getting everything to work, is not always easy. I would recomend starting out with just the system board, video card, CD-ROM, and hard drive. Get your OS installed, and everything working. Then add new components one at a time. DON'T FORGET TO GROUND YOURSELF. Double check all your jumper settings, don't try and force anything where it won't fit. Just about every part is keyed in such a way that it will fit easily in just ONE way.

Just remember, now when you read that part in the help file about "contacting the manufacturer for more assistance" that's now you. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, I've been doing this $hit for 8 or 9 years now... god that's scary...

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 3:19 pm

My simple advice is to go to a site like "www.tigerdirect.com" or to "www.directron.com" and look around at prices and pieces. Some times they have great deals on barebone kits that you can make whatever you want. You can also call either of their tech lines and ask questions till you are blue in the face. I have never had a bad experience with either of them. Some people may have but you can't please everybody. I was turned to them and I was pleased and everybody I have sent their way have been pleased. The thing I was most pleased about was the shipping and packaging. There was no way the Post Office could damage my equipment.

Did I use the word pleased too much?? Time to find a thesaurus.

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 4:24 pm


Commodore Pet in 1977 (which was available as a "kit")


many many many from generic parts.


IBM--my favorite.
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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 5:21 pm

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 5:24 pm

Everyday I slap myself and wish my parents had done that....
Compaq sucks...

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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 8:25 pm

Built 4 or 5 so far. It's easy, fun, and you get what you want instead of what someone else could get the best price on.

If you've never done it before, you might want to either have someone there with you who has or ask the store to install the CPU for you as it's the most tricky bit (and the most expensive if something goes wrong).
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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Sat Feb 01, 2003 11:48 pm

I've built my last 4 computers myself.

I order all the parts at a mailorder, so I can adjust everything exactly to my needs, and the warranty is often much longer than the 2 years you get for a complete computer.
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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Mon Feb 03, 2003 12:05 am

Although it may be cheaper in other countries outside the US, building your own computer from scratch tends to be more expensive in the US. (At least that's been my experience.)

Upgrading the original computer that you put together to a top of the line model tends to be cheaper because you don't need to get another video card/harddrive, etc.

But you do get the satisfaction of having everything your way (the old Burger King commercial.) But you are responsible for your own tech support now, all the different component manufacturers will probably point fingers at all the other components of your put together computer.

You really do learn a lot about the computer, it's no longer a mysterious magic box that you turn on and use.

Get a friend who has more experience to walk you thru the process and ask him lots of questions about the "why" and it shouldn't be too bad.

Cheers  Smile
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RE: Ever Built Your Own Computer?

Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:45 am

Thanks for all the suggestions and tips. I have been upgrading computers for about year now. It is a school project to construct this computer that I will later be able to use for myself. I get to choose whatever I want to put into it. The tech thing worries me a bit but I have a fairly vast knowledge of windows based OS. Has anybody here ever bought an OEM operating system? If so how does it compare to the retail version?

The computer I will build will be a P4 2.4Ghz with 1028 MB of DDR Ram. 128 MB GForce 4 graphics card, 5.1 surround sound sound card.

Thanks again for all your help.

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