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Do you think at the age of 15, I can build a computer?

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July 28, 2012 10:43:37 PM

I really want to build a computer and not buy a crappy one from BestBuy. I'm afraid I'll mess up and waste my parents money/My money. Any tips to encourage me? Are there any videos to build a new pc? Because it seems like every video I watch the case determines a lot.

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a b G Storage
July 28, 2012 11:13:08 PM

Actually I built my first computer (486 dx2 66 with 4 megs of ram) when I was 15. Its not terribly difficult to do. there are a lot of instructions and videos on how to do it. I recommend reading the following link. it contains a lot of important information.

"No POST", "system won't boot", and "no video output" checklist
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July 28, 2012 11:26:48 PM

Profaced said:
I really want to build a computer and not buy a crappy one from BestBuy. I'm afraid I'll mess up and waste my parents money/My money. Any tips to encourage me? Are there any videos to build a new pc? Because it seems like every video I watch the case determines a lot.



Just watch videos and read instructions carefully. I would say use extra caution when installing the CPU, spreading the thermal paste and installing the heatsink. Other than that it is basically insert Tab A into Slot B, over and over. . Don't forget the standoffs between the MB and case and stay grounded and don't do it where you can easily build up static electricity, no carpet.

Really not that difficult.

You can start here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-pc,2...
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a b G Storage
July 28, 2012 11:44:34 PM

I designed and built my first computer from electronic chips when I was not much older than you, so you should be able to do it. The problem with young people building computers in my experience is that they lack patience and guess which way around connectors fit. If the computer ends up being a disaster you can always call it quits and give the mess to a computer shop to sort out. The probability is that you will get the computer to work but that you will have issues, but that is how you learn, if everything went smoothly you wont learn anything.
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July 29, 2012 6:01:20 AM

Hey, I built my first computer when I was 15. I watched many videos and did my research for about a year and a half before I got the part. Then I watched one of the videos if I forgot something while building it. I'm very glad that I built it my self because it gave me the feeling of doing something all on your own with out help. Have fun doing it too. Check you cpu and mobo and ram before you put them in the chassis. Everything about it is a learning experience, that not a myriad of people get to learn compared to the general public. Get a check list also of all the parts so that you don't forget anything. Newegg has a great video series on how to build a computer. http://www.youtube.com/watchv=lPIXAtNGGCw&feature=playe...
The tower should have about 7 to 12 parts to it. Good luck friend
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July 29, 2012 6:47:08 AM

With youtube and all the information you can find online, it should be a breeze for you now. I built my first computer back in 95 by examining my first computer (ibm ps2) and asking for advice from my local shop.
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2012 10:37:55 AM

Read Read Read.

Set a budget and people will help you build a computer.

One option is to pick the pieces (GPU, CPU, mobo...) and have a specialist put it together for you.
Or you can read how to. Watch youtube videos and check out manuals.
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July 29, 2012 11:01:15 AM

My eldest boy built one at the age of 5.
He learnt from me, and I found out how to do it by taking an old one apart.
It's quite easy if you look at it logicaly, there are plenty of guides about too.
JB
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July 29, 2012 9:04:57 PM

You also have one of the best resource on the interwebs and that place is here.
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a b G Storage
July 29, 2012 9:14:54 PM

Also - ask if you are not sure - easier/cheaper to do it right instead of fix your mistakes.
I have no doubt that a 15 year old can build a computer.
-Bruce
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July 29, 2012 9:18:22 PM

Profaced said:
I really want to build a computer and not buy a crappy one from BestBuy. I'm afraid I'll mess up and waste my parents money/My money. Any tips to encourage me? Are there any videos to build a new pc? Because it seems like every video I watch the case determines a lot.


Yes, you can do it. I built them at your age. First thing, make sure all your parts are cross compatible, I work off the motherboard specs. For example if the specs say DDR3 RAM, then that's what I buy. If the motherboard is socket 1155, then I make sure my processor is too.

Plan your build, many vidoes will show you the correct order to do things so that you don't have to backtrack and redo.

Expect mistakes and troubleshooting. I doubt you'll finish and have it fire right up, but if you work systematically and methodically, you will get it running. Approach it like a baby learning to walk - dont be afraid to fail 100 times before you have success.

You can do this. Good luck.
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August 1, 2012 10:35:39 AM

i was 14 when i built mine i even made a custom built water cooled setup.

Building a computer isnt hard but you need to do your research a lot of things you'll understand better with experience but theres very little that can go wrong whilst building a pc as long as you buy the right components thats where the research is needed
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a c 197 G Storage
August 1, 2012 11:17:52 AM

My son built his at 14 with his two friends.
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August 5, 2012 1:52:23 AM

I did my first build just the other week (I'm 21) and to be honest, I wouldn't look back.
It's been like a relationship, there have been some tough times, during which there were big misunderstandings between me and my PC, but I've constantly tried my hardest to make it work! And I've had support from others ;)  In the end, it's running great, my best PC yet. It's also a great learning experience computers are now undeniably an everyday part of society and to learn how they're put together could prove to be invaluable, especially at a young age. That's all my opinion anyway.

With forums such as this as well as your own willpower and intelligence you will do well and succeed easier than you'd think. I strongly recommend the toms hardware step by step guide and troubleshooting pages linked above; they really helped me.
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August 7, 2012 12:03:49 AM

Guy in my school is 12 and he builds them all the time. Its kind of funny. He is like 4'5" and he knows more than half the teachers.
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August 10, 2012 2:43:01 AM

Profaced said:
I really want to build a computer and not buy a crappy one from BestBuy. I'm afraid I'll mess up and waste my parents money/My money. Any tips to encourage me? Are there any videos to build a new pc? Because it seems like every video I watch the case determines a lot.

It's very easy once you get the hang of it. It becomes like lego, except the pieces are really brittle and you can fry them if you have electrostatic electricity built in your fingers... Okay maybe not a proper comparison, but it's very easy, just have to be careful not to touch the stuff there directly i mean, grab it from the edges and don't leave fingerprints on every circuit.
I'd recommend you watch some vids if you don't have anyone to teach you in person:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUY0tP5jYIo&feature=relm...
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the video is outdated if you're looking for new hardware but the parts install exactly the same in your PC, not much has updated since 2010 except PCI-E 3x but you don't have to worry about that, it's backwards compatible to older PCI-E slot cards.

and you should read stuff about PC parts compatibility, there's not much about it but it's very important to know.
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