How easy (or difficult) is it to build your own PC?

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Found 18th Jul 2009
I feel like trying to build my own PC, not only because I keep hearing it's cheaper, but I think it'll be a nice project to work on and I like the idea that I can upgrade individual parts whenever I want. The thing is I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to computers, I'm not completely useless, the most complicated I did was flash my Xbox 360, if I have a good set of instructions or video tutorials I can do most things. The thing I don't know much about is what parts (case, motherboard, gfx card, RAM etc) are compatible with each other. Could someone like me be able to build their own PC or will I end up tearing my hair out? Thanks for any help given.

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It's not an entirely difficult task - once you know what goes where and what you have screw/fix etc. it's an enjoyable task that leaves you with a sense of achievement of what you've done, especially if it's your first.

buildyourown.org.uk/ Lots of advice on there, as well as here if you have any questions just ask :thumbsup:

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its not that difficult but generally is more expensive than buying one of the value ones as a whole

e.g. that £219 pc on here somewhere is a steal

overclockers website is one of best site for building a pc, or find out what you need from overclockers and then go to ebuyer website (very good pricing structure)

Must decide before you start. Is it a Gaming PC, MultiMedia PC, Office PC,
Office PC, cheap
Multimeda, cheap, Medium Priced
Gaming, Cheap, Medium, Overboard Priced.

It's like Lego.

I remember being really worried about compatibility and parts fitting together at first, but it's not too difficult once you get the hang of it. Components usually specify their compatability in their description or specifications. E.G. Intel Core 2 Duo processors are labelled as "Socket 775", then when you go browsing motherboards, these are also labelled as "Socket 775", so you can be sure the two are most likely going to be compatible. You'll just to read up a little on it before you go hunting for parts.

If you shop somewhere like e-Buyer, their components are broken down into categories and usually labelled like the above, which can be helpful.

For peace of mind before buying, post your list of parts on a forum and ask them to confirm if they'll go together -- people are usually happy enough to point out any problems. If you give them your budget too and price of components, they may be able to advise you of better parts, deals, etc.

Not necessarily cheaper to build your own though, as mass produced boxes like dells, eMachines, etc are always cheaper, but for a reason (e.g. 'integrated sound and graphics'). But like moving out of your parents, once you've done it, you'll (probably) never go back.

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easy.

csiman;5783032

e.g. that £219 pc on here somewhere is a steal



No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to about the same price or a bit less.

Yes they build it for you, but it is hardly a "steal"

Rough prices are

Case - approx £30 (cant find exact case on their site)
foxconn motherboard - £33
Intel 5300 - £53
Memory - 4Gb - £30
hard drive - £38
DVD drive - £15
keyboard/mouse £10 (max)

I make that £210.

It's about the same.

I would prefer to self build and get something like this for £216 from Scan:- i194.photobucket.com/alb…jpg

But each to their own.

Not too hard really, id say the software side is always harder anyway as you will most likely encouter problems (well especially if you using vista 64bit as I was). say it takes a few hours to assemble the PC it can take longer to install the right stuff, but I suppose Im a bit of a perfectionist and always want to get the most out of my PC (including overclocking)

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guilbert53;5783666

No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to … No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to about the same price or a bit less.Yes they build it for you, but it is hardly a "steal"Rough prices areCase - approx £30 (cant find exact case on their site)foxconn motherboard - £33Intel 5300 - £53Memory - 4Gb - £30hard drive - £38DVD drive - £15keyboard/mouse £10 (max) I make that £210.


care to show us all a better pc for £220 then?

guilbert53;5783666

No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to … No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to about the same price or a bit less.Yes they build it for you, but it is hardly a "steal"Rough prices areCase - approx £30 (cant find exact case on their site)foxconn motherboard - £33Intel 5300 - £53Memory - 4Gb - £30hard drive - £38DVD drive - £15keyboard/mouse £10 (max) I make that £210.



What about Windows Vista. That is at the cheapest about £80 for an OEM

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peodude;5784185

What about Windows Vista. That is at the cheapest about £80 for an OEM


no OS included :thumbsup:

Go to Dells website and go to Small business section, and buy cheap pc.

guilbert53;5783666

No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to … No its not, if you add up the individual parts from ebuyer it comes to about the same price or a bit less.Yes they build it for you, but it is hardly a "steal"Rough prices areCase - approx £30 (cant find exact case on their site)foxconn motherboard - £33Intel 5300 - £53Memory - 4Gb - £30hard drive - £38DVD drive - £15keyboard/mouse £10 (max) I make that £210.



power supply?

Motherboard manuals usually give very clear advice about compatibility with other components.
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