PC World magazine has an article at
http://www.pcworld.com/article/147691/tips_tweaks.html that might be a good start. Also there's an article at
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/toms-hardware-best-configs-pc-building,19359.html and I imagine a Google search would produce many more. It's not that hard, but there are a few gotchas to watch out for. I've built a few, but lately I've just been buying my computers off the shelf because you get more for your money that way, and it's certainly less hassle. Three gotchas I'll mention are (1) don't scrimp on the power supply because a cheap one can cause components to wear out before their time, and (2) if you install a discrete video card, be sure to disable the on board graphics to avoid conflicts, and (3) watch your temperatures with something like SpeedFan because even moderately high ones can slowly cook components causing early death.
I am interested in building my first desktop PC. I have a processor in mind that is both pretty nice and not too expensive as well as a motherboard to use with it. But really I need to learn how to properly build a desktop so it will turn out correctly and give me all the features that I am after.
What is a good place to learn what what I will need to know to accomplish this so everything works together?
I don't want to make a career of this, just be able to properly assemble a system for my personal use.
I don't have any friends that are knowledgeable enough to help me with this and while I can do simple things with computers and have some electronics training I am completely new to the idea of building my own machine.
Thanks in advance.