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How difficult is building your own PC for newbies?

#1rumble_bellyPosted 11/2/2013 8:09:39 AM
My PC knowledge isn't all that good. Its probably average at best. How difficult would it be for me to build my own PC?
#2ThePCElitistPosted 11/2/2013 8:12:20 AM
Just ask someone here to put a build together for you on pcpartpicker. You buy the parts. Put them together like Legos as things only fit one way. Wire management takes the longest.

Oh and watch that Newegg series "How to build a PC" which is an hour and a half long. It shows you every step.
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#3KidInTheHallPosted 11/2/2013 8:12:20 AM
Watch some how-to videos on youtube, that's all I did and I built my own last August. No problems what so ever.
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#4protools1983Posted 11/2/2013 8:13:41 AM
Just study all the components and what they do. Motherboard, CPU, RAM, HDD/SDD, Power Supply, GPU. Once you figure out what role each component plays then start researching compatibility with each item. Compatibility is the most important thing to keep in mind when building.
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#5jokujokujokuPosted 11/2/2013 8:14:43 AM
Choosing your parts is the hardest part. But people here will help you out with that. Actually putting it together is quite easy. There are plenty of videos on Youtube that can show you what you need to do.
#6SteamsterPosted 11/2/2013 8:17:16 AM
They're designed to be put together.

Each part comes with a manual. These manuals have pictures that tell you exactly where to put everything.

Look up a few videos or guides anyway since why not, but yeah it's literally made to be easy for you.
#7VIP86Posted 11/2/2013 8:21:42 AM
Assembling your first desktop will probably take 2-3 maybe even 4 hours. After you get some experience, it will probably take less than an hour.
#8reincarnator07Posted 11/2/2013 8:31:06 AM
It's not that difficult, it can just be a little time consuming. Most parts only go in one place and only fit in a certain way. Watch a good video and you'll be able to do it with ease.
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#9PraetorXynPosted 11/2/2013 9:43:28 PM
Watch this:

Except instead of manually spreading thermal paste, you should squeeze out two lines of it that make an "x" and then set the heatsink on top.

It basically boils down to this.

Picking your parts is the hardest part. Use pcpartpicker as it will tell you if you have any incompatibilities.

Put the CPU and heatsink in before you insert the motherboard into the case as that usually requires backplate hardware and cheap cases won't have openings for that while the motherboard is in.

Once you get the motherboard mounted in the case, putting the rest of the thing together is just like legos. Each component has only one type of port it will plug into.
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#10NicodimusPosted 11/2/2013 9:49:54 PM

That's all I needed to learn.
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