Build Your Own Computer
If I cand do it so can you Written by: George W. Cannata
Iím eighty-one years old and I bought my first computer six years ago. When I bought it I hardly knew how to turn it on. I consider myself still a Newbie as Iíve barely scratched surface of computer technology. I have succesfully built about a dozen computers for family friends and myself. I even sold a couple of them.
Building a computer doesnít require a high degree of technical skill, however it does require a little mechanical aptitude. Building may not be proper term, assembling would be more appropriate. Thatís actually what you do, you assemle right components then install an operating system which is only phase of project that requires any technical ability.
Building your own has several advantages, for one you can save some money. But donítget idea that you can sell them at a profit. Thereís too much competition at low end. All major manufacturers have budget models, most of which you can buy with substantial rebates and good warrantees
You have a number of options, you can build from scratch or you can build from a barebones kit. I recommend latter for your first attempt. You also have choice of using all new components or using some recycled parts.
If you have a reasonably up to date PC that died ther are probably a number of parts that you can re-use, and you can buy a lot of good used components from eBay and other online sources. Refurbished parts are a good option.
The first thing you have to do is determine your requirements. If youíre going to just surf Internet, do e-mail and a bit of printing, go for cheapest you can buy. You will still have plenty of capacity for simple tasks.
Next you have to decide whether to go with a barebones kit or do a complete build. Kits are recommended because generally thatís most economical way to go, and itís definitely easier. Installing a mother- board can get dicey for uninitiated. There are a lot of little wires to connect that can give you greif if they arenít in right place.
Barebones kits come in many iterations. The most basic consists of a case, motherboard and power unit. Some have on board video and audio cards, others include modems and cable connections and some even sport keyboards, mice and speakers. Read specs carefully because some of thes components are expensive to buy separately.