Build your first computer from hardware scratches

By: Andrew Karasev

Wow- if you do it first time and have some asset of time in your disposition – then go ahead and purchase motherboard, your favorite processor, memory, video card (probably it is better to purchase it external for advanced quality).  You will also need computer case – first computer should probably go to the cheap one – with USB 2 ports from the front side – the only question – you might want to replace noisy cheap power supply with $50 dollars one.  Processor fan – nowadays you will see the variety for all the tastes – get the one with adjustable spinning speed to regulate noise (if you could not place it into the basement of your house – I guess you live in apartment or student dormitory).  Let’s go to details:

  • Ahead of Generation.  It is not a secret that when you build your own computer – you might overpay – in considering to what is available in the stores..  However you usually get ahead of technology.  For example – it is still common when Dell/Compaq/IBM computers use PC2700 standard of memory.  If you bought PC3200 – you have two years of being ahead of the competition
  • Processor.  If you build your computer from scratches – you should look into 64-bits processor from the beginning.  Get AMD Athlon 64 3400+ at least
  • Video Card.  For $100 you can get maximum of memory and performance.  This is why we recommend to get external videocard
  • DVD Writer.  RW+/- unfortunately Japanese manufacturers are in the process of decision making on winning standards plus DVD of high density.  Get both supported.
  • Hard Drive.  Decent motherboards support IDE raid and you could experiment with striping (raid 0).  Then if you purchase two IDE disks 400 GB each – you will get 800 GB – unbelievable for supercomputers – but you are on your own and cosmopolitan individual – step forward and be ahead of competition.
  • Troubleshooting.  Understood and respected.  First listen your mother board beeps and refer to its documentation.  It might not see memory, graphical card, etc.  When you are installing memory – be very careful to static electricity issue.  When you are attaching your mother board to computer case – the most typical issue is motherboard shorting – so do not be surprised to try your motherboard first outside the case

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