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Yes, I am seeking to venture OUTSIDE the world of HTML, CSS, and web site building. I want to learn to build my own system, but I know its more complicated than I think and less complicated than some make it sound. I've done a bit of background on it ... but am still quite fuzzy on what it takes, although I'm sure the only REAL way to know is to do it, hands-on.

Anyone to give an overview?
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I strongly recommend that you do build your own system. It's a great sense of accomplishment, and future upgrade and troubleshooting are so much easier.

Probably the hardest part is choosing components. Not that they won't work together, but so that you get a balanced system that will do what you want it to do. Assembly really isn't that hard.

The best practice is to assemble your motherboard, CPU, memory and video card on your beach and test it before installing it in the case will other components. The CPU is really the only tricky part, and many first timers forget to remove the tape from the heat-sink fan compound, or have trouble with the clamping mechanism. I recommend you purchase a retail CPU, then it will come with the recommended heat seat, and detailed installation instructions.

The rest is really "plug and play". Install everything in your case and connect all the components. Paying special attention to ribbon cable to ensure they're installed correctly.

I've thought about posting a how-to guide for building your own PC, but there's already so many great ones available that I don't really see a need for it. If I'm wrong, please let me know.

Let us know what you're considering for components and we'll give you our opinions. <_<
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along with what admin was saying, if your not comfortable installing alot of the parts, you can start off with a barebone system which usually has alot of the components installed, its perfect for a begginer, but u can also start with the new thing too, anything is great <_<
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