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My son and I want to build a PC but...

#1cpcjlc3Posted 10/27/2013 7:48:36 PM
....neither one of us knows alot about how to do it. I figure it will be a great father/son project. I've been told there are some good books that can teach a couple of noobs like us how to do it. Any of you PC hardware guys have any suggestions. We want to start with a simple build and if that goes well move into something more advanced. His end goal is for us to build him a gaming PC. Any help would be appreciated.
#2CatToyPosted 10/27/2013 7:53:19 PM(edited)
Newegg has some videos that are pretty good. First is picking parts, second is assembling the computer, third is installing an operating system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

I've sure you've heard that it really isn't hard, which is true, it isn't, pretty much every component is proprietary, you can't plug them in incorrectly. However it can be intimidating, the force required to lock in a CPU or push memory into the socket will probably shake you pretty hard the first time you try.
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#3TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 10/27/2013 7:55:07 PM
CatToy posted...
Newegg has some videos that are pretty good. First is picking parts, second is assembling the computer, third is installing an operating system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok

I've sure you've heard that it really isn't hard, which is true, it isn't, pretty much every component is proprietary, you can't plug them in incorrectly. However it can be intimidating, the force required to lock in a CPU or push memory into the socket will probably shake you pretty hard the first time you try.


This.

Also, I've heard that a lot of people like this guy's videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zOYdNEHDQo
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#4NicodimusPosted 10/27/2013 7:56:30 PM(edited)
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
Also, I've heard that a lot of people like this guy's videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zOYdNEHDQo


That is the exact one I used this summer to learn. Told me just about everything I needed to know.
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#5cpcjlc3(Topic Creator)Posted 10/27/2013 7:58:02 PM
Thanks for the replys guys. Weare getting started when I get paid on the first. It's going to be exciting.
#6DV8ingSourcesPosted 10/27/2013 8:01:07 PM
You should really post a budget and let some suggestions come in for the parts you need. The worst thing a new builder can do is buy outdated and weaker hardware for more than they should have.
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#7cpcjlc3(Topic Creator)Posted 10/27/2013 8:35:13 PM
I wanna stay around $500. This is just going to be a simple PC that will be used for internet surfing and homework when done. If it goes well I'll probably go for somewhere between $1500-2000 for the next one. The $500 is just for hardware and doesn't include monitor or software or anything.
#8NicodimusPosted 10/27/2013 8:48:35 PM
cpcjlc3 posted...
I wanna stay around $500. This is just going to be a simple PC that will be used for internet surfing and homework when done. If it goes well I'll probably go for somewhere between $1500-2000 for the next one. The $500 is just for hardware and doesn't include monitor or software or anything.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1SspX

$486 for this one I put together a couple of days ago. If you don't like something, it's a starting point for you to tinker with.
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#9TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 10/27/2013 8:52:17 PM
cpcjlc3 posted...
I wanna stay around $500. This is just going to be a simple PC that will be used for internet surfing and homework when done. If it goes well I'll probably go for somewhere between $1500-2000 for the next one. The $500 is just for hardware and doesn't include monitor or software or anything.


I'd recommend a Mini-ITX build with an SSD. It'll be glorious for your needs. A good case like the BitFenix Prodigy will also allow you to upgrade easily in the future. If you and/or your soon become interested in PC gaming, you can just plug in a powerful video card and you'd be good to go (as long as you get a good PSU and CPU to begin with).

Here's an AMD build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1U6IT
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#10d209999Posted 10/27/2013 9:18:41 PM
I don't know if I'd do an mini ITX build if I were assembling a computer for the first time. Cable management can be a huge pain in those cases.
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