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Old 01-27-2006, 10:37 AM   #16
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I'd even go as far as building the computer for you and fedex'ing the completed system to you, if I'd save you a few bucks.

However that does kind of defeat the learning doesn't it?

It's honestly not very difficult, <taunting teaser>especially if you like hands-on projects.</taunting teaser>

Here's a great website, with step by step pictures of how to build your own computer, explaining every component in detail:
http://www.tomshardware.com/2002/09/...g_your_own_pc/
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Okay, the reason I wanted to build a computer was that I think it would be a challenge and I never done anything like this before. The other reason is that I thought it might be cheaper than if I bought a computer with everything already installed.

Hopefully I won't get in over my head.

I would like the computer to surf the web, word documents, run financial software. I would like to digitally stream mp3s and downloaded dvds to my entertainment system from computer. I guess like a media center. I would like the computer to have the ability to burn dvds and cds, planning buying a digital camcorder so I would like the ability to download those videos fast and seamlessly to the computer. I want something that I can upgrade in the future without having to start from scratch. I would also like surround sound. I own an xbox 360, but I might be interested in gaming on the PC in the future.

So that is my list.

Is it difficult to get the components compatible and working well together when you build a computer?

Mind you, I have very limited knowledge about computers.
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Old 01-27-2006, 10:51 AM   #18
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Thanks Harry! I could possible take you up on that offer if I get too busy.
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Thanks Harry! I could possible take you up on that offer if I get too busy.
Sure thing, just let me know.
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If internet security and the end of spyware and viruses is the goal, only a Unix (FreeBSD) or Linux PC or an Apple are good choices
spyware isnt really hurting me much anymore... i have ad-aware, and spyware to take care of anything, but i dont get much anymore because of spywareblaster (it works reaaallly well)
internet security... just use windows firewall and get avast virus protection.

ya, windows has the most problems, but if you want to build a computer, more hardware options and have more program options, i think windows is fine.
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Eh'

Just buy an already built fast computer....less hassle, cheap (depending how tricked out you want it to be), and maintainence.

Unless you REALLY feel the need/desire to DIY.

And, just my personal opinion....Pentium is better than AMD, and ATI is better than Ge Force.

I wonder what you end up doing.

Keep us updated.
If you are running windows, building is a much better idea as long as you have the software.
Already built computers usually have cheap parts.
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