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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DoomBox, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. DoomBox New Member

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    Hey everyone this is my second post here and also sorta my introduction as long as a question or two. Well I suppose that my journey with computers started with my father. He was tired of our family having a poor system to work on. So he did ALOT of research (so much some times he wouldn't even eat dinner) and that lead to where he is now. He is a computer genius in my eyes (some of you may think otherwise but almost everything you guys say sounds like gibberish to me anyways). He is currently going to college for computer networking and has built and managed all 4 systems in my home (all of which run excellently)

    More recently he has tought me somethings about the computer such as how to maintain them much properly (via programs only) and keep them protected. Shortly following this I had my grandmother give me her broken computer so that I could look at the internal workings. It actually worked; I just think of it as though it didn't because it was hardly capable of running. Well I was in awe the entire time looking at all of these cables and drives everywhere in the computer having no clue what any of them do. My mission now is to learn as much as I can about computers and eventually build my own that is somewhat low-cost (pretty much as cheap as it's going to get and still be decent)

    So if someone in this helpful community could be so kind as to point me in the direction of some helpful articles (I have already read the one here on building your computer) and places to find good pricing on parts I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    DoomBox
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    xylomn New Member

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    Firstly welcome to the forums.

    I don't know any good articles on building PCs I'll leave that for others.

    You don't mention which country you live in so in but in the case you live in the UK here are some sites that I shop at most often

    www.overclockers.co.uk << personal favorite
    www.ebuyer.com
    www.savastore.com
    www.scan.co.uk

    you'll be able to get all you need from them
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    Whoops sorry didn't know that this community had people from there :)

    U.S. Ohio to be specific
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    I've got two recommendations. If you are as confused as you say you are about the inside of the box, you definitely need to get the following book:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0789730332/?tag=tec06d-20

    Order a copy in Barnes & Nobles next time you are in there. You don't have to buy it when it comes in, just look at it and tell the counter person you are evaluating it.

    The second thing I would say is that you should never be inside a computer system without having a static wrist band on. You need one of those on in order to keep your equipment in mint condition. The lack of wrist bands in computer shops is a recent occurance, started happening sometime in the 90's, and has continued to proliferate as a mental disease.

    For online reference, you can also use the following link, however the book is superior to the internet link because of it's graphics and illustrations.

    http://computer.howstuffworks.com/pc.htm

    Good luck.

    --Eldric
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