Found 6th Jan 2009
I am thinking of buling my own PC as im as I have been studying it for 3 years and havent really gone into it yet. I have lots of old PCs laying around at home just to practice with first of all, then what would people recommend I should do from there ? Like Where to buy from, what I would need ettc. Any Help would be great thanks.

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Try ebuyer for components, there really cheap. Depends what you need the pc for? Gaming? Basic browsing and office work etc?

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Ebuyer.com and Scan.co.uk

Motherboard
PSU
processor
hard drive
RAM

screwdriver will be needed for this project.

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" I have been studying it for 3 years and havent really gone into it yet"
what does that even mean?

anyways, I usually buy componenets from ebuyer, scan and overclockers... depends on which is the cheapest.

components include what lumoruk said plus a graphics card, dvd drive, media card reader, tv card ect... depends on what you want to use it for and how much you want to spend....

putting a pc together is a piece of cake but remember to get an antistatic wristband...

you'll probably find that the 'old' PC's you're practising on will have alot of different components to what you'll buy new, different sockets for the CPU, various slots for additional hardware and different connectors for HDD and CD/DVD drives, so make sure you take in the theory of what goes where and why, rather than just plugging things in where they fit.

ETA - is it cheaper to build your own again now? at one point a few years ago it was as cheap to buy a complete system

Don't foget the thermal compound, as my brother did.

Paddy_o_furniture;3966363

Don't foget the thermal compound, as my brother did.



you do that once, then never forget again! Much like trying to remove a soundcard when you've not let the machine fully shut down... :oops:

Paddy_o_furniture;3966363

Don't foget the thermal compound, as my brother did.



Thermal compound??? That the stuff used on the processor? Me dum dum :thumbsup:

homer_213;3966442

Thermal compound??? That the stuff used on the processor? Me dum dum … Thermal compound??? That the stuff used on the processor? Me dum dum :thumbsup:


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putting a pc together is a piece of cake but remember to get an … putting a pc together is a piece of cake but remember to get an antistatic wristband...



Agree with the cake(mmmmm cake) but the first few PC's I built I used to ground myself with radiator earth and hifi to discharge any static that may have been present on me as I had no wrist strap.

Since then and over 200 PC's built up not even done that as all the important bits are in anti static bag and not had 1 machine not work from first boot that was not psu or ram incompatibility issues or bios not updated enough for cpu etc.

Suppose I may have been lucky so far but as long as you do not go playing with balloons or put on fleece tops straight from tumble dryer before building up board etc you should be ok without a wrist strap

t0mm;3966537

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dontasciime;3966669

Agree with the cake(mmmmm cake) but the first few PC's I built I used to … Agree with the cake(mmmmm cake) but the first few PC's I built I used to ground myself with radiator earth and hifi to discharge any static that may have been present on me as I had no wrist strap.Since then and over 200 PC's built up not even done that as all the important bits are in anti static bag and not had 1 machine not work from first boot that was not psu or ram incompatibility issues or bios not updated enough for cpu etc. Suppose I may have been lucky so far but as long as you do not go playing with balloons or put on fleece tops straight from tumble dryer before building up board etc you should be ok without a wrist strap


Agree with wrist strap i've built a few and never had a major problem.

As long as you have access to google it's surprisingly easy.

There are thousands of sites dedicated to building your own system and i'm pretty sure the people on here could point you in the right direction for the best deals on components.

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homer_213;3966693

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si means yes....

chrishill;3966391

you do that once, then never forget again! Much like trying to remove a … you do that once, then never forget again! Much like trying to remove a soundcard when you've not let the machine fully shut down... :oops:



I lol'ed... Even better than when I was trying to take the side off a computer thinking "This is a tough s.o.b." then realising the screws were still in at the back...

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Retail processors come with thermal compound already, in fact the latest one came with a thermal paste already on the processor.
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