Hello, I would like to acquire an extra computer so that I can use it for testing various computer components. I understand that everybody has a different outlook. I am on a limited budget. I am serious about just using this computer for testing. I'd like to be more specific about what I want, so questions about end results are welcome. thanks Philip
I understand my request is vague. I guess I would like opinions from different people. I enjoy working with computers. I would like to help other people with their computer problems, and entertain myself in the process.
personally i wouldn't buy a machine for testing purposes as customers machine can range in spec and model and it can be a massive financial overhead. I would start off by buying a range of a cheap universal components. eg GPU's, RAM (DDR2 and DDR3), powersupply and some spare hard drives/SSD's. This is a good starting point as you will be able to swap out the easy stuff to do quick diagnosis.
eventually you could look into buying some motherboards and CPU's.
You make a good point about the variety that's out there. Judging from what I've already been doing, I'm on a good start. I guess I could say I'm getting back into this. Thanks for your input. I see some helpful info. Philip