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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Thinking of building my own pc but unsure how to do it and where get parts from,what I need to get one up and running or am I better off buying one from shop already done, any help anyone can offer be great or places where I can look.
thanks everyone who took time to read this.
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago

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Judging by your question you are better off buying a ready made computer or bribing a geeky friend to build one for you and let you watch.

Good places to buy parts are: Ebuyer, Novatech, Misco (tends to be more expensive), Scan and Overclockers. Micro Direct is also pretty good.
if you like the idea of building your self first thing i would suggest is buy a few pc mags, like custom pc and mags like that that shows how to fit motherboard and processor, etc, that how i learned, never looked back always build my own now, find its cheaper, and you get the specs you want and not want companys put in for you
Pat of the "fun" of building your own PC is doing the research. But the research can be very time consuming and frustrating.

Even choosing the motherboard you want can be a complex process as there are hundreds of them and it is often difficult to know what each feature on each motherboard does.

Even when you chose the motherboard you then have to find a CPU that fits it, then what memory fits it and so it goes on.

And one the biggest problems is that the technology changes on an almost daily basis. You can spend ages doing the research to build a PC, then find 3 months later that it is all out of date and a whole load of new products and acronyms have come along.

But after you have built your first PC then you will never be scared of the inside of a PC again, and it will help you to understand much more about what is going on.

Computer magazines like Custom PC and Micro Mart often do articles about building a PC so watch the PC magazine covers for an article of how to do it.

There are also some web sites, but make sure they are up to date. Search Google for "Build a PC" or similar phrases.

There are also books you can buy, but they do go out of date very quickly. Here is a fairly recent one:
As I am in a good mood, here is a basic shopping list to get you started.

You need the following components:

Case and Power Supply Unit (PSU). Some cases come with a PSU, some come without a PSU and it has to be bought separately.

Motherboard. The main circuit board and everything basically plugs into it. About a foot square and covered in electronic devices. Screws inside the case. The motherboard usually comes with a small book telling you how to fit it in the case and how to connect all the wires to it.

CPU. Either made by Intel or AMD. Most motherboards take EITHER an Intel chip or an AMD chip, so your choice of CPU defines your type of motherboard (and vice versa). Fits on the motherboard. (you MAY need a cooling fan to fit above CPU, some come with it some dont).

Memory. Usually strips of 1Gb (gigabyte) or 2Gb in size. You need at least 2Gb. Plugs into the motherboard

Hard disk. Can have 1 or 2 (or more) in a PC case. Screws inside the case and connects to the motherboard. Will contain Windows (or Linux) and all your software & programs.

CD/DVD drive. Screws inside the case and connects to the motherboard.

Graphics Card. SOME motherboards come with the graphics built into the motherboard. If yours does not (or you want better graphics) then you have to buy a graphics card. Plugs into the motherboard.

They are the main components, not many eh. Most PC cases are full of air.

Of course you then need an operating system like Windows or Linux, plus monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc.
Two things may help get you going and stop the task of building your own PC being so daunting.

1) Motherboard bundle. Many companies offer a motherboard bundle that consists of a motherboard, CPU and memory. These are often pre-built (but may not be).

The beauty of these is that you KNOW the components will work together as the company have already done that research for you. Obviously the more you pay the better the motherboard and CPU are going to be.

You then need to fit it in the case, and add you own hard disk and DVD drive.

Here is an example:

2) Barebones PC

This is usually a motherboard bundle, but already fitted in the case.

You then need to add a hard disk and DVD Drive.

Here is an example

A search in goole for "motherboard bundle" or "barebones bundle" will help find others.

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