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    building a computer

    having reached my frustration point with the price(s) of computers, and not being able to find exactly what i need/want (much less same at a reasonable price), i have decided that it's in my best interest to build one. therefore, i am asking all the collective/collected wisdom available here on the board the following question: what books/videos/resources would you suggest to help me along in my task/quest? i am a fairly intelligent woman (i must be; i'm here, aren't i?), and very good at following directions, but am at a loss where to start. i have a list of components needed from having a custom built computer specced out, but i don't know if there are any little things that aren't on the list that i need, such as cables, connectors and the like. this is why i am asking your help. any that you can point my way is greatly appreciated. please feel free to reply to me here on the board, or e-mail me, if the reply is too convoluted. thanks to one and all for your help; phastphil and i really appreciate it. until the next time, take care and God bless.

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    Re: building a computer

    Take a look at <post#=215927>post 215927</post#>

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    Re: building a computer

    I took a look at this post, and then the rest of the posts in the thread pointed to. I found the following link http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/step/1 pretty good, though watch out for a pop-up.

    I would also suggest looking at how you will network the systems you have. I found a lot of great information at the LinkSys Education web site regarding networking and what to look for. The 802.11G (proposed) Standard looks pretty stable, and I found very easy to configure.

    For the record, I'm not pushing any particular manufacturer. LinkSys and D-Link happen to be among the top in the SOHO market.

    jgh <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: building a computer

    Just a suggestion for a "jump start" on building your own system: Check out the "barebones" boxes. I got an AMD Duron processor, case, motherboard, and psu on eBay for $140 including shipping (which can be high, since you're shipping a big box!!) Buying these components separately at CompUSA or such would have cost $250 easy. Ebay has lots of them, and you can also find them at the online computer stores. Do a search on "barebones". Then of course watch the ads, and if you're willing to let someone hold some of your money for 2 months, there's some very good rebate deals out there.

    As far as expertise and "secret knowledge" there's really not much to it. Heat (or how to get rid of it) is a major factor, especially if you decide to go with an AMD processor. A good case makes a lot of difference in airflow, which helps keep things cool, as does a good "heatsink fan" combo. Those cool looking round cables for connecting your hard drives also serve a good purpose, by not filling the case with cabling, the airflow is better. You also want to get the best power supply you can, and do be careful as not all 400w psu's are the same. In the end, though, if you buy fairly new stuff, it's all pretty much plug and play.

    have fun and good luck.
    feel free to keep asking away!

    kip

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