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Make a list of all components that you require. Check off ones that are included in kit. This establishes what other parts you need. If you have sme parts that you can use, check them off. Now you know what you have to buy. For in-depth detailed instructions on how to do this visit computer page on: http://www.caveatemptorus.com
Often times itís less expensive to buy all componments you require fom vendor of kits. This is because of shipping charges, which are part of your over-all cost. But sometime parts you can get at auction can be so inexpensive that itís worthwhile to pay shipping charges.
All barebones kits come with an instruction manual and a phone number where you can get technical support. Neither is very good. People who donít understand English very well write manuals and technical support is like most free things. Actually, itís not free, they are toll numbers. And are almost always busy. However most manufacturers have very good online help where you can trouble shoot if you have a problem.
Vendors that sell barebones kits usually have a thirty-day return policy. Try to do your building before it expires because if you go beyond that limit then you have to deal with manufacturer which can be a hassle. Itís much easier and may avoid expensive shipping charges if you deal with seller.
When you select components you require be sure that you procure compatible parts. Hard drives have different interfaces. Memory comes in many variations; some memory only works in specific motherboards. If you use wrong type your machine wonít work.
Once you have everything assembled, and your PC boots, you can install your operating system. This can be most difficult prt of operation. If you are using a new hard drive itís fairly easy. It will come with instructions and software for installing OS. If youíre using a used HD, then you have to format it. The best way to do this is to look at hard drve and get manufacturer and model number of unit. Then you can download instructions and software to perform this task.
Even if you donít save a fortune, you can end up with computer that you want and have a sense of accomplishment.
Written by: George W. Cannata the publisher of the web sites ďCaveat Emptor ď http:// www.caveatemptorus.com. July 8,2005.