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Make Your Own PC and SPEAR MONEY.Step-by-Step guide, and Video Guide. Now,it's Your turn.
NEW PC FOR 200 $ ?!
Have you ever wondered how much would you pare, with making and configuring your PC on your own. Buying computer pieces, and putting them together, on your own - can rise your self-esteem , and cut your expenses A LOT!
Have you ever envy those "smart-ass" people that work in PC "retails" and "servicing" shops.All you need now, to have your own computer is 200dollars, and you have it! How, on Earth, is that possible? - Well, the answer hides just "behind the bushes"...HERE.
First step, would be selecting right PC shop, and buying parts that you will eventually connect and configure. Select the one that You've heard, from close friends, that are reliable and have the right prices with right ratio of " QUALITY:PERFORMANCE! ". It is important that you buy an used monitor (CRT,or cheap TFT/LCD), and everything else new.
-Cheap monitor, CRT, can be bought for 20$ - the good one, with 85Hz refresh rate at 1024x768 (the "golden standard" one) that will keep you eyes in good shape, and you'll get the right quality of picture with used "Samsung", "Philips" , "Sony" CRT monitor. Who actually, in these day of recession, gives a crap about "fancy" outlook of the monitor??? WHAT YOU NEED FROM YOU PC IS TO PLEASE YOUR NEEDS, and that is exactly what we're about to build.
- -New, cheap - miniATX Tower "Neo" (I recommend) , is about 15$. That will be your "pc box" where we, You, will put the other parts and make your own PC. Pretty amazing, right?
- -New mainboard (motherboard). I recommend "M.S.I" , or "Gigabyte" , with an AM2 socket and PCI-Express slot, within ordinary P.C.I ones and integrated audio/sound card.(look for those that have "Avance '97" sound chip.) = 65$ !
- -Graphic card: for Internet, fairly good multimedia, business you will need no more than nVidia GeForce 8 series with 512mb of ram DDR II RAM! - 37$
- -Memory: 3 G.B of DDR II R.A.M , = 30$ . (Transcend)
- -CPU (processor) : "A.M.D Athlon x64 3300+" ! (it comes with generic cooler, doing just fine) = 35$ !
- - Hard-Disk : "Maxtor" 80gb , 35$ .
I recommend 500 watts power supply, and I thing that you will get the power supply with the new power-box when you buy it. It comes with "Neo" ones. The "Neo" power supplies are good, and they will serve you good enough to provide you secure working, and good work. Don't forget that as many as much you plug devices, more and more power you need from your power supply.
Power supply failure diagnostic symptoms: sudden restart, sudden power down, medium reading failures, " blue screen " , "black screen" , strange three beep on power up.
Your C.P.U : the precautions,and guide.
The "C.P.U" , is shorten from Central Processor Unit. Your "processor unit" is the "engine" of your mother-board, that forwards info and limits the speed of info that travels across whole main-boards silicate paths.
Now, when you see the gray/white (AM2) socket on your main-board, take that little aluminum plug beside that pinned box.On the down-left side, of bought AMD Athlon x64 C.P.U, you will see the (in corner) the gold triangle.That will be Your "compass" , and thing within you will coordinate.
So WITH ALUMINUM PLUG (BESIDE PINNED SOCK) PULLED UP, slowly and gently put your processor in your main-board, and make your gold triangle parallel with the marker on socket (the same sign is on the socket, just follow). Remember, gently and smooth is CRUCIAL when you are inserting processor, because of pins on it. If you defect some pin, take some needle, and make it straight again - and try again.Make sure that you do proper this time :) Now, when CPU is in , put the plug down, and that's it!
So, within inserted CPU in you mother-board (main-board), you can put some "special" hydrochloric thermal liquid - ONLY if there is NO "white paste" on it already. If there is, or if not buy some and put ("thermal liquid for between CPU and passive thermal cooling ribs) between those passive thermal cooling aluminum ribs. When pasta is on processor, just little bit (peanut size) , put the "ribs" on processor correctly, with ribs going vertically. Now you will have two plastic tighteners for processor and "ribs" and press them hard and make them pass correctly.
When that's done, you're ready for final step: putting the cooler on "thermal ribs". Thermal ribs represent the passive cooling system (cooler is active) that is mediator between CPU (maybe the most sensitive part of whole PC) that is really sensitive, and "cruel" and potentially "harmful" if exposed directly to it - cooler. So, FIRST, put the plastic "outlet" for cooler on "ribs", and THEN put the cooler ON IT. When you've sure that you've put the cooler correctly - so vertical ribs, and wholes on plastic "outlet" pass with vertical emptiness between ribs - nal thouse four screws TIGHTLY!
That is IT - You , ON YOUR OWN, now have inserted the most complicated thing in PC configuration. Congratulations! Now, the last thing is to connect that small cable that comes out from cooler - power supply cable - and insert the plug in to the near "power supply sock" where (white little port) it's written "CPU" or " cooler " . (three pin socket - white color by default).