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Is it hard to build a computer?

  1. #1


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Is it hard to build a computer?


    Hey guys!
    I noticed that many of you have custom or self-built computers. I would love to build my a computer, but is really as easy as it looks? Also, if you have any motherboard suggestions or video card suggestions, I would like to hear them. (Or read them, since we're on a forum)

    P.S This is my 100th post!!

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  2. #2


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Congrats on your 100th

    Putting a computer together was once as simple as hooking a DVD player up to a TV. The good this about building PC's is that specific components fit into specific places, a PCi card will only fin into a PCI slot, ram will only fir in a ram slot, if you have to force it, you may be doing it wrong.

    These days, the biggest issue with building a PC is compatibility. In the industry things are moving way too fast, companies release new product literally every day. Video cards in my opinion are the worst, too many too fast.

    Computers these days are like cars, once you walk out of the shop with your parts, they are pretty much obsolete and worth 60% less. Some may disagree, its just my opinion.

    I would recommend building your own PC to anyone, having said that, research is key, compatibility is imperative, forums are your best friend. PC enthusiast forums like toms hardware and ROG (ASUS) and especially here are extremely important.
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  3. #3


    It's really not hard to put one together, it's simply a matter of getting parts which are compatible with one another. For example, you need to get a motherboard which has the right socket for the CPU. And you have to get RAM that matches the specs that your motherboard supports. It used to be a fact that you could build your own computer and save money over buying a pre-built system. However, I don't really find this to be true anymore. When you build, you get EXACTLY what you want...and you typically pay a little more for that.

    Your best bet is to come up with a budget and then tell people what you want to do with your computer and what your budget is and then we can make suggestions on which parts to buy.
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    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I think the biggest issue for a novice builder is the poor quality control of component manufacturers. I've built 5 systems over the past four years, and had some frustrating times dealing with: 1 bad memory set, 2 failed motherboards, 1 failed power supply, 1 failed fan, 1 faulty case, and a third motherboard with more minor issues requiring an RMA. Maybe I'm just unlucky, but when you fire up a new system and things don't work, it's usually difficult to resolve. The average novice builder doesn't have testing equipment to help troubleshoot (I do have some now!). These were not bargain-bin parts; they were all top of line manufacturers.

    I'd be interested in hearing from others that build a far greater number of systems to hear what failure rates they've experienced. If you look at the reviews of--for example--power supplies and motherboards on Newegg.com, the DOA rate is just scary. I know you can't compute failure rates based on those reviews since many satisfied customers don't write in, but the numbers are still awesome (in a bad way).
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    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Is newegg a good site to use when looking for components? I'm looking at a Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 and for CPU, I was going to get a Intel i5. I probably want to stay under $1,000.
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    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I would sign up at overclockers find the forum section where youre allowed to ask for advice on buying a PC. Start a thread, tell them your budget, Profit $$$

    that's what I did. Now Im sitting in front of a super computer
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  7. #7


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Is newegg a good site to use when looking for components? I'm looking at a Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 and for CPU, I was going to get a Intel i5. I probably want to stay under $1,000.
    Newegg is a great site; also compare prices at Amazon, Tiger Direct. You might want to compare prices for a 1150 Intel Z87 system--not too much more for the newer Haswell system components than for Ivy Bridge. Also, if you're not going to overclock, you'll save significantly going with the non-"K" model CPUs.

    pcpartpicker.com might also be quite helpful to a new builder.
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  8. #8


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Well, considering I don't even know how to overclock, I won't be doing that. So should I go with AMD then? Another question, is Intel and AMD the only CPU's out there?
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  9. #9


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    32-bit or 64-bit?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    AMD or Intel can both be overclocked or not; it's a function of the model. You can save money going with AMD, but currently the Intel chips win on performance (in general).

    Go with 64-bit.

    Since you're not overclocking, you might save going with an H87 motherboard. However, the new motherboards make overclocking very easy if it's something you'd like to learn and experiment with. That's part of the fun of doing your own builds.
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