Hi I am thinking of building my own PC having upgraded and altered my computers over many years. I have never attempted a build from scratch and wonder whether anyone can recommend a foolproof book/internet guide that would set me on the right track?
First things first,figure out what your budget is,what you want to use the PC for, then start looking for components. Where as there is nothing wrong with 'john bunyan's' suggestion,a bundle is hardly building a PC from scratch.
I believe a lot of the fun of building a PC is the research into components,making sure as best you can, that they are compatible. There are many good component suppliers out there. the already mentioned Novatech,there is also CCL,Scan,Ebuyer,Overclockers to name a few.
So take your time,it is not a big deal if it does not quite go to plan,most of us builders have problems of one sort or another,you can always get advice here. As for books or websites, have a google.I cannot recommend any particular one off hand.
its easy now everything is user friendly, first get a good case and power supply with the 80+ logo. then motherboard, I use asus as their reliability is excellent. get memory cpu etc that the board uses, the manual that comes with the board has all you need to know.
I built a computer for the first time about 4 years ago having had little experience of using a pc,spreadsheets and word processing only. I had never had a pc of my own and had never even seen inside the case of a pc.
I found the Haynes Manual quite useful, but even better was 'Build Your Own PC' by Morris Rosenthal.
As far as matching the components was concerned I examined the specifications of adverts for pcs in the PC Magazines to get a good idea of compatibility. I was then able to buy the individual components from0 the supplier of my choice.
Ultimately the total cost of my pc was in excess of a similar specified 'off the shelf' pc but you cant put a price on the satisfaction of having done it yourself.