I’m looking at building my own computer for the first time. So far I have bought Dells and HPs and I have switched out PSU, HD, graphics cards, and ram. I haven’t built a computer yet because I have always thought that installing a motherboard and cpu into an empty case might be too difficult. Is building your own system a whole level above replacing parts? Are there lots of compatibility issues to be aware of when starting from scratch?
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March 5, 2010 9:44:00 PM
simple awnser YES
extended awser it's usually a just basic stuff like power supply knowing your video and other slots compatibility
but i do suggest whatching driver compatibility example
Intel + Nvidia = decent compatibilty
Amd + Ati = Good Compatibilty
1. Downlaod a step by step manual from one of the popular build sites
2. RTFM .... Read the FAT Manuals supplied by each vendor.
There's a lot of anxious time after you place your order and wait for stuff to arrive. D/l all your manuals from manufacturer web sites and read while you wait .... use a highlighter to emphasize spots you wanna return to.
1) Post your list of parts and you will get lots of opinions and a compatibility check.
Give your budget, what you plan on using it for, and your preferences.
2) Download and read the manual for your prospective case and motherboard.
3) Plan on installing the cpu cooler while the motherboard is outside of the case. You need to access the back of the motherboard to install a back plate, or, for pushpin coolers(like retail) that all the pins are securely through and locked.
It is a good time to install the ram also.
Experience is what you get when things do not go exactly like you planned.
You will probably get better support from this forum than from a dell or the like.
Read through my sticky on Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC to give yourself an idea of what you are in for. Building a PC isn't that difficult as long as you follow the manuals and do your research.