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neo960
05-11-02, 11:10 AM
I have been a UNIX systems programmer for 11 years. But I haven't had any experience in figuring out how to assemble a computer. I know some easy things like how to add a hard disk or a CDROM drive to an existing computer and how to add more RAM. But beyond that my hardware experience is NIL.

So are there any resources on the Net which teach a newbie how to assemble his own comp? Or are there any good books on he subject?

BTW, I want to learn how to assemble an Intel/AMD based PC. Not an UNIX server.

Thanks in advance.

Jamie_R
05-11-02, 11:59 AM
Here Ya Go:

http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/
http://www.tweak3d.net/articles/howtobuildapc1/
http://www.motherboards.org/articlesd/how-to-guides/924_1.html
http://www.hardwarecentral.com/hardwarecentral/tutorials/109/1/

As for books, you can't beat the "bible":

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789725428/qid=1021136219/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-4063370-6118425

And of course you know you're sitting on one of the best sites on the 'net for all kinds of helpful info (that's a non-solicited endorsement :D )

Have Fun!

Brent
05-11-02, 01:00 PM
www.google.com is your friend :p

just search for how to build a pc or the like ;)

also, go to a book store, Barnes and Nobles if you have one, or Walden Books etc... go to the computer secion, you will find all kinds of books there

also may want to pick up a Hardware A+ book, there will be some good info on how the hardware of a PC works with that...

Juggernaut
05-11-02, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Claude_Ballz
And of course you know you're sitting on one of the best sites on the 'net for all kinds of helpful info (that's a non-solicited endorsement :D )

:nod: You've made a good start coming here. Read up on the links they posted...if you have any questions, this is the place to get your answers....usually quite quickly too I might add

neo960
05-11-02, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the tips guys. I thought of a google search but I give more weight to the opinions of experienced people like you rather than an automated search engine.

Originally posted by Claude_Ballz
And of course you know you're sitting on one of the best sites on the 'net for all kinds of helpful info (that's a non-solicited endorsement :D )
Have Fun! I will definitely keep that in mind :D

neo960
05-11-02, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by Claude_Ballz
As for books, you can't beat the "bible":
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789725428/qid=1021136219/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-4063370-6118425
Some reviewers at Amazon seem to feel Mark Minasi's book is better. Any opinions on that?

terrancelam
05-11-02, 03:27 PM
I'd have to say that there is no book that can compare to personal experience. If you read the manuals that come with the components, the installation of the hardware is really simple. The diffculty comes either before hand (with compatibility) or component issues with olders or newer hardware. Best thing to do is research your parts and find out what problems it might have with other parts you want to buy.

But the first step is just to think about what kind of computer do you want, a gaming box, a net box or something to do just about everything on. They will all have their own strong points and weakness, but they all share a common base for certain aspects.


I know what I just said may sound a bit confusing, but it will make sense a bit later on.

Jamie_R
05-12-02, 06:14 AM
Some reviewers at Amazon seem to feel Mark Minasi's book is better. Any opinions on that?

I haven't used Minasi's book, but I have used Mueller's - alot, I can can personally convey that it's very very good. :)

mnosteele52
05-12-02, 07:32 AM
Hardware Hell (http://hardwarehell.com) - one of my favorite help links.:D

neo960
05-12-02, 01:34 PM
Thanks very much folks. Those links are very helpful. I will go with the web links instead of buying the book to start with.

Juggernaut
05-12-02, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by neo960
Thanks very much folks. Those links are very helpful. I will go with the web links instead of buying the book to start with.

cheapo ;) lol j/k...good idea

neo960
05-12-02, 01:45 PM
Originally posted by Juggernaut


cheapo ;) lol j/k...good idea :D

neo960
04-01-03, 07:29 PM
Can a moderator or admin help me in figuring out why all my old posts from last year such as these appear as made by "guest"?

extreme
04-01-03, 07:33 PM
Can a moderator or admin help me in figuring out why all my old posts from last year such as these appear as made by "guest"?

Very strange

Brent
04-02-03, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by neo960
Can a moderator or admin help me in figuring out why all my old posts from last year such as these appear as made by "guest"?

a long long time ago we use to have the UBB software for our forum, when we changed to vB some of the really old posts have the user as "guest"

your account is still the same though, it only shows like that on old threads....

YeOldeStonecat
04-02-03, 09:19 AM
And...nothing beats experience. Plan on doing it over a few times...your first attempt won't be perfect, nor will the second, third, etc. Doing it several times, you'll learn the general process...and what to change or do differently the next time you do it.

neo960
04-02-03, 12:06 PM
I even attended a workshop where they build custom computers and learned the stuff, in addition to the books and sites.

But in the end I chickened out and had the computer custom built by someone else. :D

But the learning experience gave me knowledge to specify the exact configuration I wanted and also made me a discerning buyer.

Immortal
04-02-03, 12:12 PM
ah come on neo.. it aint hard.. even I built mine... actually I've built a few now... rougly 5 or 6 comps... not many..

I knew absolutely nothing about computers... then I learnt slowly by reaeding sg forums... and I know that if I screw up.. all I gotta do is ask these folks and I will get an answer quick...

it's actually quite easy now adays with winxp idiot proof.. ehhe... it's fun too.. all u really have to do is plug everything in.... put win xp and u got it up and running

neo960
04-02-03, 12:32 PM
What got me in the end was the dilemma over what brand of parts to buy and where to buy, what brands will work with what other brands of other parts, and stuff like that.

By outsourcing I probably spent a lot more money than I needed to, but it was an easy way out. :)