Long time user, first time builder, help needed

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Gabagimpy, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. Gabagimpy

    Gabagimpy Guest

    Could someone point me in the direction of a website (with illustrations
    preferably) that can help me in building my first PC? Also, what's a good
    place to buy parts? Ebay? Newegg? Thanks.
    Gabagimpy, Dec 15, 2003
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    Shockabuku Guest

    Found this site on Google. Looks good... http://www.mysuperpc.com/
    Shockabuku, Dec 15, 2003
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    jeffc Guest

    If you are building for the first time, I'd advise buying only new, and only
    from online stores that have gotten good customer feedback on the feedback
    sites. There are a lot of things that can go wrong. You don't want one of
    the variables to be the used video card you got off eBay, and not knowing if
    the system won't boot because you got a bad card, and not being able to
    return it.
    jeffc, Dec 15, 2003
  4. I've found Newegg the best to deal with, and for the stuff I've
    purchased over the past year, their prices are competitive with anyone.
    I also like the reviews on their site of the items -- I like to read
    what other buyers experience was with the parts I'm considering
    purchasing. Hope this helps.

    - Dave Kistner
    David Kistner, Dec 15, 2003
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    jeff findley Guest

    Even doing so, you can run into bad hardware. When you're stuck with
    a system that won't even beep at you, is it the power supply, the
    motherboard, the CPU, or the memory? Which one to return? Even
    worse, what happens if it's your mistake? What if you hook up the
    wires to the case wrong and the thing won't even turn on?

    Building your first system should really be done with the help of
    someone who has not only done it before, but has a working computer
    that you can use to test your components, just in case nothing works
    when you plug everything together and you're sure it's hooked up

    jeff findley, Dec 15, 2003
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    jeffc Guest

    By your logic, we might just as easily conclude that he shouldn't build a
    system at all, but buy one from Dell. The point is where to draw the line.
    He obviously wants to try building. If he has all new stuff, then he can
    come back here for advice on how to figure out a problem, then return
    something if there's a defect. I wouldn't recommend buying used stuff on
    eBay for his purposes, but I think he can build one from scratch on his own,
    just like so many of us have done.
    jeffc, Dec 15, 2003
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    jeff findley Guest

    I agree, but it's nice to have someone locally who can help you out if
    you run into trouble. I've built a couple of systems from all new
    parts. The last one used the same motherboard and processor as two of
    my friends at work used (ECS K7S5A, Athlon XP 1600+), so if I had run
    into problems, I could have tested my components in their system.

    Most of the time, if you use new components, you know what you're
    doing, hook everything up o.k., and don't fry anything with ESD,
    the machine will boot up fine the first time. It is scary for some
    people to build their first system, depending on whether or not they
    think the money involved is significant, or chump change. If it's too
    scary, it's easy enough to have a local shop build a computer for you,
    but it will cost you more than doing it yourself.

    jeff findley, Dec 15, 2003
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    jeffc Guest

    There is always the option of buying the components from the local shop
    rather than online and then going to them with questions!
    jeffc, Dec 15, 2003
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    ~A_Sammy Guest

    When the time comes to do it yourself, that's what you do. If you screw
    things up, hey, that's the name of the game, and the fun part is finding
    what you did wrong and fixing it. There's a lot of satisfaction from
    knowing you did it by yourself, and not as a student of somebody else. Say
    you burn up a chip or something, so what? Go buy another one, and now you
    have a war story to tell your grand kids.

    There's nothing wrong with being a student and watching how it's done,
    having your hand held while you get familliar with the parts, etc., but at
    some point, it's time to leave the nest and do it on your own.
    ~A_Sammy, Dec 16, 2003
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