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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Ok folks.

iv never done this before but I'm going to build my very first pc at home, does anyone have any step by step guides etc
I'm a complete novice so the more in depth the better :)

Got an amazing computer :)
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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1 Like #1
your best bet is to buy a custom pc magazine, takes u thru the diffrent steps of putting together the diffrent components, or just try looking on the net theres some good guides on how to build your own pc, try googling custom build pcs or something like that, i was same as u a few years ago, i finally plucked up the courage n built my own, works out much cheaper than buying from retailers, as u can put in your own specs and not the ones retailers choose, anyway good luck
#2
i have built loads bud ask away if you need help
1 Like #3
Don't have a guide so to speak but I'm sure others can point you in the right direction - but having a good read through the motherboard manual is a worthwhile start. Depends on your kit (case etc) what the best order to install it is - but 1 big tip is make sure the brass risers that the motherboard mounts on to are in the correct place (ie line up with the holes in the motherboard and make sure none are placed where there isn't a hole!).

Also make sure the backplate for the motherboard is correctly fitted - there are usually sprung folds of metal designed to touch the shield around the USB/ethernet/PS2 ports that can be a little fiddly and can get folded over the ports if you are not careful...
#4
raptorcigs
i have built loads bud ask away if you need help


this i find difficult to believe
1 Like #5
[FONT=Verdana]There was a relatively up-to-date guide over at Lifehacker.com with regards to the physical hardware assembly and installation - I'll see if I can find it for you and post in the link to the guide.

What operating system are you planning to install onto your computer as well?

Edit - Here you go, you might want to consider checking out these guides.

The First-Timer's Guide to Building a Computer from Scratch - Hardware Installation - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5151369/the-first+timers-guide-to-building-a-computer-from-scratch

The Water Cooler is Here, Come Chat - open thread - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5058902/the-water-cooler-is-here-come-chat?t=8140111#c8140111

The Computer Hardware Chart Identifies Your PC's Parts - Computer Hardware - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5318571/the-computer-hardware-chart-identifies-your-pcs-parts

Hack Attack: How to install a motherboard and CPU - CPU - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/software/hardware-installation/hack-attack-how-to-install-a-motherboard-and-cpu-158363.php

Hack Attack: How to install RAM - DIY - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/hack-attack-how-to-install-ram-138665.php

Hack Attack: How to install a hard drive - DIY - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/how-to-install-a-hard-drive-137179.php

Hack Attack: How to install a PCI card - DIY - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/how-to-install-a-pci-card-135479.php

Top 10 Computer Hardware Fixes and Upgrades - Hardware - Lifehacker
http://lifehacker.com/5327676/top-10-computer-hardware-fixes-and-upgrades

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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#6
Alfonse;6876642
this i find difficult to believe

wernt always a crip lol
banned#7
Alfonse;6876642
this i find difficult to believe


You should really explain yourself, or think first prior to posting.

Rappy, you don't need to justify anything.
2 Likes #8
Few general tips:

1) Take your time making sure all the parts go together BEFORE YOU BUY. Probably the hardest part of any PC build is deciding WHICH parts to buy, once you have bought them then putting it together is fairly easy.

So make sure the motherboard, memory and CPU all work together, make sure the motherboard fits in the PC case (dont buy an ATX motherboard and a mini ATX case), make sure there is room for the graphics card in the case, make sure the PSU has enough power for the components etc.

If in doubt list all the components you plan to buy on a number of forums and ask what people think BEFORE you buy them.

2) Take your time when doing the build. Dont do it when you are rushed or stressed. Allow a full day for it, Do it on a large table if you can. You will be surprised how many boxes, cables, and other stuff you will finish up with so give yourself space.

3) Buy a small toolkit with small tools (Maplins do one for example). For example you will need tweezers when you drop a screw inside the case and cant get it out.

4) During the build have a couple of small dishes or saucers lying around to hold small screws etc. If you dont you will put a screw down somewhere and then a few minutes later wont be able to find it.

5) When connecting the various cables DOUBLE check you have the right ones connected to the right place (and then check AGAIN for a third time). Better to check than blow up your motherboard.

6) If possible have a friend with you (who has done a PC build) when you start the build, then you have someone to ask if you need advice.

7) When you have finished putting the parts together keep your fingers crossed when powering it on for the first time. When the BIOS comes up on the screen it is great feeling.

Good luck.
#9
aScottishBloke

You should really explain yourself, or think first prior to posting.

Rappy, you don't need to justify anything.


not really, if you're saying i should believe everything posted here then unfortunately you don't have the power to control free will or opinion, I choose to believe what I wish, as you do by passing your own judgement (Frequently), furthermore i didn't ask for justification either...................

maybe you should seek to take your own advice :roll::roll:

off CEOing, driving my 46k BMW to Hawaii cos I'm lost.....................
#10
Also, consider registering for the MicroMart forums, here

http://forum.micromart.co.uk/

There is one forum called "System Builders and Upgraders" and the guys on their REALLY know their stuff.

Read through the forums first as they give plenty of advice to different people, then maybe when you have an idea what you want to buy run it past them.

They DONT like questions such as "I want to build a PC for £500" as it is too general, but they will help you if you give them some guidance.

So say what you want the PC to do (Gaming etc) and how much you have to spend (and if the price includes monitor, software etc)
#11
There are books you can buy, like this "dummies" book. Only £12 so may be worth it if it give you good advice.

This one came out in January 2009 so is fairly recent (they do of course go out of date fairly quickly)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Build-Your-Own-yourself-Dummies/dp/0470196114/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258113707&sr=1-1
banned#12
aScottishBloke

You should really explain yourself, or think first prior to posting.

Rappy, you don't need to justify anything.


[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Bit unfair I think ASB, which is a shame because you seemed to be chilling out a bit.

I'd agree with Alfonse personally (but I'm only posting my thoughts because of your comments).... Raptorcigs was struggling with domain names and websites not long ago, and while its all completely circumstantial, my first thought was also "yeah right".

Annnnnyways..... just to throw my hand up - happy to help the OP with whatever. What do you want to know?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
#13
#14
there are some motherboard bundles out there that come pre assembled, that would help with the fiiderly part of putting the cpu on the motherboard this company offer a three year guarantee - http://www.**************/product-categories.asp?category_id=491

good luck with the build

try this http://w*w.**************/product-categories.asp?category_id=491
#15
looks like the company are not in the good books at the moment, its the letter after b three times and then 'lonline'
1 Like #16
not built anything before, but i've installed several operating systems recently. windows is easiest since nearly all hardware is built to run on it and you won't struggle to find drivers (unless it's windows 7, which is still pretty new). if you want to try a linux i think sabayon is pretty good for beginners (such as myself) though i'm still not sure how to get my printer working on it.

i'll do what i can to help with the software side of things
#17
Thanks everyone for replies, this is the build I got!

CASE+PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136491 £29.99

Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178941 £107.67

Processor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158333 £102.72

RAM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166463 £88.13

Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145242 £84.99

DVD Writer http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177398 £17.99

Total £431.49

I have also got a sata 640gb harddrive
#18
saxo_appeal
Thanks everyone for replies, this is the build I got!

CASE+PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136491 £29.99

Graphics Card http://www.ebuyer.com/product/178941 £107.67

Processor http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158333 £102.72

RAM http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166463 £88.13

Motherboard http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145242 £84.99

DVD Writer http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177398 £17.99

Total £431.49

I have also got a sata 640gb harddrive

and an O.S? ;-)
#19
saxo_appeal


Never, ever, ever skimp on the PSU if that goes it can take the rest of your system with it. You should be looking at spending more than that for the PSU alone.
#20
It's windows 7 being put in




megalomaniac
Never, ever, ever skimp on the PSU if that goes it can take the rest of your system with it. You should be looking at spending more than that for the PSU alone.



It's 450w and I won't be overclocking, 450w will be fine for just now.
I can get 550 or 650 at a later time :)
#21
I'm home tomorrow, if you need a hand send me a text
#22
Wattage on a PSU isn't the matter, it's the quality of the actual unit and the Amps on the 12V rail(s)...
#23
/\/\ man talks sense
#24
So am I ok with the 450w Psu for just now then ?
#25
saxo_appeal
So am I ok with the 450w Psu for just now then ?


Like I said, you skimp on the PSU you risk the whole system. The wattage is largely irrelevant, it's like Emasu says, it's the quality that matters. I wouldn't personally trust anything less than a good Antec or similar.
#26
megalomaniac
Like I said, you skimp on the PSU you risk the whole system. The wattage is largely irrelevant, it's like Emasu says, it's the quality that matters. I wouldn't personally trust anything less than a good Antec or similar.


I've had to replace a couple of cheap PSU's for friends that died in a cloud of melted wires and plasticity smoke, so I third the need for a good PSU. :)
#27
saxo_appeal;6892096
It's windows 7 being put in

It's 450w and I won't be overclocking, 450w will be fine for just now.
I can get 550 or 650 at a later time :)


[FONT=Verdana]I assume it's x64 version of Windows 7 your installing, based upon the amount of memory?

Also have you confirmed there's full device driver support for the hardware you have as well, so you don't hit any gotchas when your doing the software install?

Being paranoid is sometimes good! ;-)

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#28
I would have looked at something like this at least; I've got the 380W Earthwatts in my system and had another before that. They're very good.
#29
emasu;6892190
Wattage on a PSU isn't the matter, it's the quality of the actual unit and the Amps on the 12V rail(s)...


Wattage is fine when they aren't basically lying. As you say the true current outputs are the important thing, but far too many companies make these up to a farcical wattage figure. In this day and age 90%+ of the load is on the 12V rail, so a 'true' 450W would give an absolute minimum of 30A combined on the 12V rail - sadly far too many give under 20A!

The worst thing about cheap PSUs is they will by all accounts work at first - leading the user into a false sense of security that everything is fine - yet the failures when placed under serious load for a sustained amount of time can be very damaging to the rest of the system.
#30
jah128;6897342
Wattage is fine when they aren't basically lying.


Yeah; I did actually mean to go back and edit it but mm basically said it below my post lol.
#31
ok thanks guys :)

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