I want to build a gaming PC rather than buying one because it's cheaper, some questions?
I already know all the components that are required, but I was wondering, Is it easy to mess up and accidentally break things? Like the $300 processor? And also, is it easy to learn how to diagnose problems once you start using the PC? i.e., defective motherboard, defective ram, etc.? Because I don't think it would be worth it if I build my own PC, then have to send it to Geek Squad to diagnose hardware problems
- Look at Tiger Direct, they have good kits cheap.
- If this is the first computer you've built, I would get some practice before trying it with $300 parts. But no, the majority of parts are not that fragile. Just be extremely careful that you have everything plugged in correctly. As for diagnosing, it's not hard if you know what you're doing.
- go to web site www.microcenter.com check location of the store if you have one in your city / town go there and talk to a tech at front desk. they will help you build your first time computer and there store is like the walmarts of computer stores . there parts are new and cheap. take money you will see things you must have. check there web site out and if you want to order off line then use tiger direct or newegg.
- Assemble your computer at a wooden table, like in your kitchen. Don't do it wearing socks + sweats on the damn carpet. You'll do fine building it yourself if you simply utilize some common sense here. Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls Good for beginners. Watch the whole thing.
- As long as you're aware enough to avoid electrostatic discharge and you take your time building it then damage is extremely unlikely. Never force anything. Stuff clips in nice and easy. If you have to force it, you're doing it wrong.
Problems are pretty easy to diagnose but if you take your time, read the manual and do it right then it should be a breeze. If you can snap lego together and turn a screwdriver then you can assemble a computer.
When you start it, if there is any problem then the motherboard will give off beep codes. The motherboard manual should tell you what these beep codes mean and make diagnosing problems easy.
If your motherboard manual doesn't have that specific info then Google will.
- You do need to be careful with the components don't be too forceful with them its not like repairing a car or a door, they are made to withstand some force. Make sure you have a anti-static band on and connected, you can work without them but its best to wear them as it can get static damaged.
The most easy way to diagnose problems with hardware is with P.O.S.T. This is the beep sound your computer makes when its turned on (might not apply to some pcs). But don't reply on it as you do need to learn how and what it wrong as the P.O.S.T. might not work at times.
You can get some books on repairing a pc to help you.
Take it slowly a rushed job is only going to go wrong and make sure you read the installation manual so you do it correctly.
- Breaking things? No just steady hands and patience. For the first time doing this, a "Do It Yourself" (DIY) would be the way for you to go. Newegg and Tiger Direct can provide you with the hardware you need in a DYI. Most are complete minus a few accessory items and Windows OS. A few hand tools and a pair of latex gloves to keep static electricity at bay are all you will need. It does take time, but the more computers you build in the future, the less it will take. Defective parts are not a common thing. That is if you buy from a reputable source. Trouble shooting, for one, the people in this site help those with problems. Google is your friend. There are many others such as the support arms of the manufacture of your hardware, these are forums or community's within their sites. If you can fix a leaking faucet in your home, or change the oil in your car, you can build a computer. Links below to shop. hope it helps.
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