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    Hoe hard is it to build a PC for a complete novice ?

    Hi,
    Thinking of building a pc later on -i have never been keen on the case and looks of this one (spoilt by putting beige dvd rom and dvd writers into a silver case with black front bought off ebay 3 years ago- but has run really well )
    Its only a budget type one -but mine is too old i think just to replace the case -or is it !?
    I really like the silver gaming cases with the blue Led lights in .
    Its 3 years old -got Asus A7N8X-X motherboard and DDR3200 memory (512), but has tv tuner card and not sure of the graphics ( not integrated nvidea maybe -i have lots of discs for drivers and booklets ,but some could have been from the computer before this one !!)
    Any advice please?- Thankyou:thumbsup:

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    ive just built one myself. quite easy really and the people on here are great if you need advice. they were for me anyway:thumbsup:

    good luck

    Original Poster

    Hi,
    Thanks -but i have looked on the google/search links.
    Would prefer advice from a real person -that way i can always ask more questions when invariably i will get stuck .
    Anyone else feel free to advise me -thanks

    well fire away with the questions you have and im sure their's someone on here with the answers:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    First -any advice on what i already posted please?
    Thanks

    well there are lots of gaming cases on ebuyer ]http//ww…ses
    Its quite cheap too.
    As for the actual pc it depends on what your going to be using the pc for.

    Original Poster

    Hi,
    The parts i was looking at are
    Motherborad -no idea which one !
    1 gig ddr2 Ram
    256mb / 512 graphics
    Tv Tuner
    Silver Gaming Case with the Blue LED (seen on Aria for around £30)
    DVD Writer (to match -blue)
    DVD Rom -for easy disc copying
    Dual core Processor/ Core 2
    Do i need a modem for Broadband?
    Widows XPMedia OEM or Vista Premium.
    Any advice please.
    I have seen some similar systems on flea bay without any operating system in -are these easy to install ?
    Thanks everyone

    building a PC is not really that hard most the time things can only fit in one place....the hard part ive found is fitting the case bits to the motherboard... the LED's etc....but on newer motherboards etc i think its all written on them?

    Yep the fitting of the motherboard is the hardest bit. Make sure you use the right mounts. Again any problems just post on here

    One BIG mistake that people make is buying hardware that isn't compatible with the other bits they buy (e.g. does the CPU fit the motherboard?). You'll be fine as long as you check the compatibility of each item before you buy (or, even better, copy someone else's specs if they're close enough to what you want:thumbsup: ).

    Building a PC is simple (as others have already said), so don't be afraid to give it a go - take it easy when you're building (i.e. don't rush to get it all done in under an hour!) and you'll be fine.

    And (as others have said) there's plenty of help waiting for you if you need it:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Thanks -any advice on the parts i mentioned -particularly which motherboard to use !

    What's your budget for a motherboard and how long do you want the machine to last, will you be wanting to upgrade in 12 months or will it last a while??

    What are you wanting the pc for?

    Original Poster

    Hi,
    I am wanting the PC to last for a good while- had this one just over 3 years and its been really good and hardly any problems- will probably pass it on to a good friend thats very hard up and will never be able to afford a computer of her own .
    I will be using it for watching tv occasionally maybe recording tv programmes from the media center, storing photos and a bit of photo editing, a bit of Gaming, - just a few all round general things really + Going online .

    I always find specifying the motherboard to be the hardest bit as it can dictate what you can do with the machine in the future. If you know which processor you're going for (what socket, speed etc) I'd give aria or ebuyer a call or email and just ask for some advice...

    Oh and going back to an earlier question - yes Operating systems are easy to install (Windows is the operating system so you just have to buy a copy and put it in the cd drive!) - other operating systems are available as well

    Original Poster

    I was looking at a dual core or Core 2 -not bouthere whether its Intel or AMD - just want it to be reasonably future proof - too last 2-3 years at least.

    catwoman

    I will be using it for watching tv occasionally maybe recording tv … I will be using it for watching tv occasionally maybe recording tv programmes from the media center, storing photos and a bit of photo editing, a bit of Gaming, - just a few all round general things really + Going online .



    Sounds like an ideal woman to me!! :giggle:

    Dual core is definitely the way to go, I've always been an Athlon fan but lately Intel do seem to be running ahead with dual core (better overclocking capability's).

    As for a mobo, Its a bit of a minefield, There are tons of different ones, Some better/cheaper than others and some great all rounders.

    unless I've missed it CW you've not given a budget..I just bought a mobo/memory/cpu/graphics card for my PC...spent about £300..but I had £40 off with googlecheckout...it's great ..well apart from all the vista probs I've had to overcome...can let you know what I bought if you want to spend that much??

    Original Poster

    Hi Curry chops- thanks - but was hoping to spend a bit less - any ideas?

    I have just built my first PC, had to get a friend to help with the wiring of the mobo as it all got a bit confusing, but I could probably do it myself now, people on here and over on the forums at ebuyer.com are the best people to ask.

    My rig cost me about £700 in total

    catwoman

    Hi Curry chops- thanks - but was hoping to spend a bit less - any ideas?



    Are you going to be running Xp or Vista?

    catwoman

    Hi Curry chops- thanks - but was hoping to spend a bit less - any ideas?



    well tell me your max budget..I put a lot of emphasis on a quality mobo as I've experienced so many failures withe the cheapos...as for graphics it depends on whether you want to play the latest action games at the best settings....CPU...well even a Core 2 4300 will suffice if your on a lower budget as it is so overclockable.

    Original Poster

    Hi,
    Looking at around £250 - and doubtful i will be playing lots of the latest games - i have a psp2 and keep trying to win a psp3 or xbox !:giggle:
    Not sure whether to go for xp media or vista premium

    Original Poster

    IOM-RF - be careful -i dont live far from you and im single!!- But more than likely far too old for you !! :whistling: :giggle:

    catwoman

    IOM-RF - be careful -i dont live far from you and im single!!- But more … IOM-RF - be careful -i dont live far from you and im single!!- But more than likely far too old for you !! :whistling: :giggle:



    Where do you live then?, Across the pond?

    Original Poster

    Lincolnshire- not too far!

    Original Poster

    Any advice on motherboard please after looking at what i posted.
    Thanks

    Original Poster

    Bump please- need to get the case and motherboard to get started !
    Thanks

    Original Poster

    bump please

    Mmm older women! lol

    Depends on what using for, I know you said latest games, but depends on what style of case etc.

    What OS you want?

    Original Poster

    The only case i have decided on is the Silver Xblade with blue led .
    OS - probably windows XP Media center as that way i know i can still use my photocopier and printer without any Vist incompatibility problems as can't afford new printers etc too .

    X blade cases are massive, my old one was a x blade!

    Nice case if a bit too big

    Hi,

    Building a PC really isnt that hard, your best to identify the components and understand what they all do, find a good guide and follow it. This is what i usually do:

    1. Install CPU, fan and memory to motherboard.
    2. Screw drives into case.
    3 Screw motherboard into case.
    4. Connect frontal USB, power switches and audio to motherboard.
    5. Connect motherboard to drives.
    6. Conect power to drives and motherboard.

    Obviously you need allot more in depth tutorial than that, but thats all their is too it really (i think, used to build these for a living but havent done it for a while now). Its better if you have someone to help you first time. Just take your time and you should be OK.
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