"How to build your own PC"... can I get some guidence?

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  1. Christopher Chung

    Christopher Chung Stunt Coordinator

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    I did a search, but couldn't really find anything. Does anybody know of any good sites that help with building your own PC? I already know what I want to put in it, but it's just the little things that I want to clear up since I'm not an expert in the area.

    Thanks for any help!

    Chris
     
  2. Brian E

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    You can give this a read.
    http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/index.htm
    I didn't have time to really look through it, but what I saw seemed ok. You generally won't need the install CD-ROM Driver step since a)most OS cd's are bootable or b)you can use a startup disk that will load it on boot up.
    Any specific questions ask, there are plenty of folks here who know their stuff.
     
  3. JohnE

    JohnE Supporting Actor

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    I don't think they have a "how to build your own pc" type of column, but http://www.tomshardware.com and http://www.anandtech.com are both great sites with ton's of helpful tips, articles, ect. there forums are very useful too. I've always received helpful replies there when looking for help. Good luck.
     
  4. Kris McLaughlin

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    Here's one I was reading earlier today. It is aimed at building an NLE (non-linear video editing) system, but the instructions are fairly good and can be used for any type of system.
    Cheers,
     
  5. Rob Behm

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    I just built a PC after consulting Tomshardware site and purchasing the bits from NewEgg.com (excellent, excellent service!!!)

    You'll need a case. Just get one w/ at least a 300 watt power supply. There's plenty to choose from, but you want one for ATX (which is pretty much all of them)

    You'll need a motherboard. I like the Epox 8aHK+.

    You'll need RAM. This depends on the motherboard. Expect to get 256MB of DDR Ram (not sdram, unless you get a low end motherboard). Crucial cheapie is nice stuff.

    You'll need a hard drive. Go for the 7200 RPM drives, one that supports Ultra ATA-100 or better. Most decent motherboards handle this.

    You'll need a DVD or CDRW drive. I like Lite-On for both. Their LTD-163 DVD drive is fast.

    You'll need a processor. AMD Athlons are great, go for at least 1.4 Gz. (You'll notice that Intel Pentiums have higher speeds, but an Athlon gets more work done per cycle. It all balances out, and AMD is the cheaper route)

    You'll need cooling for the processor. Expect to pay ~$12 for a processor fan, one that sits on top.

    You'll need a graphics card. I like ATI generics, but that's just me. You might want one that supports DVI (for the better LCD screens), but at least get one that has S-video out.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Christopher Chung

    Christopher Chung Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey guys, thanks for the help so far. A lot of the process is becoming a lot more clear!

    Appreciate it!
     

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