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    How To Build Your Own PC: Three Part Series

    this should get you excited about making your computer better than your friends


    Building Your Own PC:
    Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers


    Imagine you want to build a new PC and want to use a few remnants from your old system. If you were satisfied with the performance of your CD-ROM drive, hard drive, printer or monitor, then it could be worth it to simply buy the remaining components - you might not even need a new case.

    Many are intimidated by hardware. Some people won't even put in a new card on their own if they can help it. Yet the computer is now a mass-market product that, thankfully, has also brought about broad standardization

    read the full article here with pictures
    How To Build A PC, Part 1: Component Selection Overview
    How To Build A PC, Part 2: Choosing the Right Vendor
    How To Build A PC, Part 3: Putting It All Together

    Extras:
    Building a Low-Power Home Theater PC System
    Building Your Home Theater Around the PC

    Last edited by egghead; March 8th, 2008 at 03:15 AM.
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    Nice find egghead. Looks to be very informative. Building a system can be very rewarding and to add to that having good information to draw from for those hard to make decisions is a blessing......

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    Yeh, for someone that's just getting into building computers, information like this is helpful. I had no information at all when I built my first computer. There weren't tutorials around like this. I had to wing it. I was very happy with the results though Too bad computers age Anyway...Good Find!

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    some might be looking forward to this

    Building Your Own PC, Part 2:Assembly Step by Step


    In Part 1 of this series, we covered the fundamentals of the components used in today's PCs, discussed some of the important aspects of hardware configuration, and provided some shopping tips. Now, in Part 2, we will delve deeper, using a full tower case to explain how to assemble a standard PC.

    http://www4.tomshardware.com/howto/0...918/index.html

    this is really good guide

    cheers
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    Isn't this a bit heavy on the paste?



    Yeh, for someone that's just getting into building computers, information like this is helpful. I had no information at all when I built my first computer. There weren't tutorials around like this. I had to wing it.
    - I didn't read any instructions either and it was incredibly easy - there isn't really much to it. I want to make more!
    Last edited by lynchknot; April 6th, 2005 at 05:20 AM.

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    Yes that's way way way too much grease should be a very thin coat spread evenly across the core
    Last edited by FastGame; April 6th, 2005 at 10:41 AM.

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    looks like he could brush his teeth with that much paste

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastGame
    Yes that's way way way too much grease should be a very thin coat spread evenly across the core
    I agree, way too much.I follow the artic silver tutorial where you wipe the chip and heatsink with alcohol,then with a clean plastic baggie,apply onto the heatsink,then wipe it off with a clean cloth.Then with a credit card smooth out a thin coat of paste on the cpu.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zipp51
    I agree, way too much.I follow the artic silver tutorial where you wipe the chip and heatsink with alcohol,then with a clean plastic baggie,apply onto the heatsink,then wipe it off with a clean cloth.Then with a credit card smooth out a thin coat of paste on the cpu.
    what? I cleaned with alcohol pad, applied arctic silver then popped one of my whiteheads and rubbed the "arctic-sliver" in with my finger. That was Fastgame's method
    Last edited by lynchknot; April 7th, 2005 at 04:19 AM.

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    I use a this process to prepare my heatsink before installation. LINK
    Linux Mint Debian Edition

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    Yup, i do Zipp's method... i bought some silver paste, and the credit card came in the pack

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    Quote Originally Posted by cash_site
    looks like he could brush his teeth with that much paste
    Pepsodent brand works pretty well. It can keep your CPU "Minty" cool.

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    very informative thanx egghead

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    your welcome CAL

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    Walkthrough - full format and install Windows XP

    Found this very usefull guide to teach you how to format and install windows xp

    You will want to learn how to do this after you learn how to build your computer.

    quote:
    In this guide we plan on walking you through the full format and install method of setting up Windows XP Home or Pro on your system. Then we will discuss what options to pick and which ones not to pick, and we will give you all of the essential optimization tips once Windows XP has been loaded on your system. This step-by-step process can be used as a reference point when you want to install a fresh copy of Windows XP and want to make it gaming-ready. This guide will be linked to from now on in my optimization guides as a reference point for essential system optimization.

    http://www.firingsquad.com/guides/windows_xp_opt/

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