build a pc

  vectradam 19:10 08 Oct 2009
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how economically viable is it to build a reasonable spec desktop pc. it would be an interesting exercise for my 12 year old son. anyone know any useful sites or other information

many thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:25 08 Oct 2009

Economically viable? not really nowadays but still a good learning experience.

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  MAT ALAN 19:34 08 Oct 2009

click here

Cheap...

  OTT_Buzzard 19:41 08 Oct 2009

MAT ALAN: I would never have thougt of using a rabbit as a thermal warning system. Genius!

vectradam: Costs as Fruit Bat /\0/ says are not a reason to build yourself. Spend a long time learning what each of the components does what affects their performance.

You can get a motherboard, RAM, processor and hard drive combo that will work together. A slight tweak in the components and it might work brilliantly. That's the learning experience!

  Terry Brown 19:51 08 Oct 2009

If you are building from scratch (Buying all components new, then it will work out about the same price or more than buying a commercial, plus you will not have any guarrantee.

Saying that-- If you have some components you could use from elsewhere, it would help.

Experience wise-- Build tour own computer, understand what each part does and it will help you later when you need to make repairs / upgrades.

I have been building /repairing computers since 1982 ( I started with Sinclair ZX81).
It is a lifetime hobby, as it is always changing.
Good Luck with your first build.

Suggestion:
1-- Always wear an anti-static strap when handing components
2--When fitting the Motherboard, remove the battery first.. There is less chance of shorting out the board.

Terry

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