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June 29, 2013 7:45:15 PM

I really want to build my first pc but i'm not sure If I can. I already have the parts picked out but I', not so sure I can Go through with it. It Makes me feel better that I can come here and ask questions and get great answers from you guys. Are there any tips on building my first pc? and how hard would it be to do it on a scale of 1-10? It's going to be a gaming pc if it matters.

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June 29, 2013 7:51:55 PM

On a scale to do it's is honestly about a 2. Very simple. Plug this into here, screw this screw. The only really difficult part was screwing the motherboard in. Oh and putting on the Rear I/O Shield.

A tip would be when installing RAM or your graphics card, make sure you hear a loud "CLICK" when you push it in, or else they wont be fully seated.
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June 29, 2013 7:53:50 PM

The hardest part is selecting the right parts. After that, it's lego.
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June 29, 2013 7:55:04 PM

Putting it together on a scale of 1-10 is a 2-3 ..... diagnosing what is wrong when it don't start is a 7-9
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June 29, 2013 7:55:46 PM

It's not that hard. If like like tinkering or working with your hands, your half way there. Watch this first, then decide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCjxMG4OLdE Scale of 1-10 - 2 It's after you build that your brain comes in with all the software, 1-10 - 4
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June 29, 2013 7:59:59 PM

As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.
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June 29, 2013 8:14:47 PM

RaccoonPete said:
As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.


How did the troubleshooting go for you?
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June 29, 2013 8:26:15 PM

Homie258 said:
RaccoonPete said:
As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.


How did the troubleshooting go for you?

Well it took a pretty long time to figure out what was wrong. Now due to the fact that I am still in the process of building it I have return the motherboard since I shorted it out by screwing in the standoffs too tightly. The people that helped me though were very helpful, patient, and nice.
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June 29, 2013 8:27:53 PM

RaccoonPete said:
Homie258 said:
RaccoonPete said:
As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.


How did the troubleshooting go for you?

Well it took a pretty long time to figure out what was wrong. Now due to the fact that I am still in the process of building it I have return the motherboard since I shorted it out by screwing in the standoffs too tightly. The people that helped me though were very helpful, patient, and nice.


Were they people from tomshardware?
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June 29, 2013 8:34:49 PM

Homie258 said:
RaccoonPete said:
Homie258 said:
RaccoonPete said:
As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.


How did the troubleshooting go for you?

Well it took a pretty long time to figure out what was wrong. Now due to the fact that I am still in the process of building it I have return the motherboard since I shorted it out by screwing in the standoffs too tightly. The people that helped me though were very helpful, patient, and nice.


Were they people from tomshardware?


Yes they were. Here's the link to the post I made http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1718518/debug-co...
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June 29, 2013 11:46:12 PM

RaccoonPete said:
As a recent first time builder, I would say that there are three steps in building a PC all with different difficulties...

The first step would be finding the parts you want and if they are compatible with each other. This step is difficult at first, but once you know the basics it is pretty straight forward. On a ten point scale factor (1=Easy 10=Hard) I would have to say it is a six

The second part would be actually installing the parts which is very easy. You just plug/screw things into each other. The difficulty rating would have to be a four

The final and most difficult part would have to be troubleshooting. If you screwed even one thing up something will most likely go wrong. In that event you would most likely need to ask others via Tomshardware or some other tech site. This process would be about a eight on the difficulty factor.


Thank you very much
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