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What is the best way to learn how to make a PC?

by Doomlizard / January 1, 2009 10:05 AM PST

I was hoping for a very detailed book, videos if there are any, and possibly an interactive program. (i dont like trying to learn on the internet.) Thanks for your time.

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The best way to locate books, videos on the subject is
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2009 10:20 AM PST

searching the WEB. There are 'How To's' for building or assembling PCs all over the WEB....tried your favorite search engine ?


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find someone
by repete_smile / January 3, 2009 6:29 AM PST

Go to your nearest computer parts store, they should know how
Don't go to bestbuy, circuitcity, or officemax since I have corrected salespeople there before

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Maybe not the most recommended way but
by Steven Haninger / January 3, 2009 7:13 AM PST

there's a lot to be said for learning by making mistakes. Of course that could be costly. If there's a way to get your hands on a bunch of old parts and struggle through putting together something that works, you will learn a lot more than just by having first time success. Encountering and solving your own problems is a better teacher than any "how to" book. You're going to learn what you like and what you don't like about what you've put together and will be better able to select what you'd prefer in your own "dream" system.

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Try The Library?
by sunwatcher / January 3, 2009 9:53 AM PST

If you're looking for a book, why not check your local library to see what they have to offer? Libraries usually have a good selection of books related to computer building and upgrading, plus you don't have to spend any money borrowing it for a couple of weeks or so. They might even have some videos on computer building that you can use.

I would highly recommend finding an older PC that you're not afraid of breaking, and opening it up and become familiar with the various parts on the inside. The experience you'll gain from that will be invaluable to putting together your first PC.

You say you don't like trying to learn from the internet, but unfortunately that's where you'll find the latest (and sometimes the best) information about the newest PC technology. A few of the major online stores that you can purchase PC parts from will also list detailed specs, allowing you to match the various parts together and help ensure a successful assembly the first time.

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