Build Your Own Computer : What to Look for in a Case

Written by Stephen Bucaro


Build Your Own Computer : What to Look for in a Case

By Stephen Bucaro

Why would you want to build your own computer? Not to save money. With a decent manufactured computer costing less than $400.00, it will cost you more to buyrepparttar parts to build your own. There are five advantages to building rather than buying.

1. Most manufactured computers are build using proprietary components. When (not if) your computer breaks down, you canít use off-the-shelf replacement parts. You have to pay a lot more forrepparttar 107863 manufacturer's proprietary replacement parts.

2. Low cost manufactured computers userepparttar 107864 cheapest components. These components are marginal or below specifications. When you build your own computer, you selectrepparttar 107865 quality of each component.

3. When you have built your own computer, you are more knowledgeable and capable of performing your own troubleshooting. You donít have to pay $75.00 per hour for a service technician.

4. When your computer becomes outdated, you can easily upgrade it yourself. You will be a better judge of when its more logical to build a new computer from scratch, or to updaterepparttar 107866 old one.

5. You will feelrepparttar 107867 pride and confidence of having built your own computer. And, you will have proof that you really are smarter than your friends!

Yes, you can build your own computer. Todayís plug-and-play mother boards with on-board video, sound, and network circuitry make it easy. You can build your own computer in 90 minutes. 30 minutes to buildrepparttar 107868 computer plus an hour of waiting while installingrepparttar 107869 operating system.

When I build a computer,repparttar 107870 first component that I consider isrepparttar 107871 case. Here is what to look for in a case:

* The form factor

Make sure your case style matchesrepparttar 107872 form factor of available motherboards. Most motherboards today arerepparttar 107873 ATX form factor. You should buy an ATX style case. Do not buy an AT style case. The AT style case has been obsolete for years. Some computer component providers are trying to unload their obsolete AT style cases to inexperienced computer hobbyists.

* The power supply

Donít buy a case with only a 200 or 250 watt power supply. A 300 watt power supply should be sufficient, but if you plan to install a lot of expansion cards like 3D graphics accelerators, multiple hard drives, CD burners, etc. then you need to consider a case with a more powerful power supply.

A Pentium 4 motherboard uses an extra four pin connector to provide extra 12 volt power required forrepparttar 107874 CPU. If you plan to build a Pentuim 4 based computer, make surerepparttar 107875 case has a "pentuim 4 ready" power supply.

Help Fight Cancer Ė Cost Free

Written by Grant McNamara


You can make a tangible difference to cancer research and it wont cost you a cent. Nor will it involve any of your time. A half a million people are already involved in an exciting project all based onrepparttar internet. You too could make a difference.

Cancer is an awful disease. One in four of us will at some time suffer from cancer. The high mortality rate,repparttar 107862 suffering experienced by patients fromrepparttar 107863 side effects of existing treatments, andrepparttar 107864 high costs of treatment all contribute to making cancer a priority for drug research.

A landmark research project began several months ago. The project allows people to make a real difference inrepparttar 107865 fight against cancer. And it is easy for you to be involved. The research involves analyzing proteins for their potential use inrepparttar 107866 development of drugs. But to dorepparttar 107867 analysis requires computers.

You have a computer and you could be a contributor. The project is based on usingrepparttar 107868 spare capacity of computers. A tiny piece of software is downloaded to your PC. When youíre not using your PCrepparttar 107869 software is busy analyzing cancer molecules. The analysis involves extensive mathematics. Once an individual molecule is completedrepparttar 107870 results are sent acrossrepparttar 107871 internet back torepparttar 107872 research project, and a new molecule for analysis is sent back to your computer.

Half a million people are ivnvolved so far. They contributerepparttar 107873 spare power of their computers torepparttar 107874 project. But they need more, many more. To participate, you simply download a very small, no cost, non-invasive software program that works like a screensaver: It runs when your computer isn't being used, and processes research until you need your machine. Your computer never leaves your desk, andrepparttar 107875 project never interrupts your usual PC use.

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