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Building a Computer

Have you ever built a computer for your own use?
No
22%
 22%  [ 4 ]
Yes
16%
 16%  [ 3 ]
More than once
38%
 38%  [ 7 ]
I am planning to
22%
 22%  [ 4 ]
I wouldn't even consider it
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Other
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
     
Total Votes : 18
    
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Tailhook Chief Captain

Any comments are more than welcome!

If 'yes' state briefly main components such as motherboard, CPU and graphics card.

If you vote for any of the other options, your thoughts and reasons will be appreciated just as much.

Thank you all.

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

I count 6 systems till now.
The three are mine computers and the other three for friends.
Building strats from the assembly of the system Case,Hardware parts and ends with the installation of OS,programs etc.

😉

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

I've been building them since the 1980s. Of course, these days you have so many choices to make it is a bit more complicated.

Still, if you have a good vendor that can insure you are getting the right RAM for the motherboard and things like that, it isn't difficult.

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Ed Reagle (edr1073) First Officer

I took a generic box. I put a Antec 450 watt power supply in with cable management. I put a Pentium 4 2.6 Ghz CPU in. 1 GB of ram,250 gb hard drive. ATI 80 pro, Windows XP Pro intergrated to handle the 250 gb hd. It isn't the best but it has never crashed.

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

Building a computer is a great hobby project but not cost effective. The full version of Windows XP cost so much that when you total the price, you'll have spent more than if you had purchased it from a computer company. They receive discounts from parts makers that you can't match. Dell will sell a basic computer with monitor for $500-$600. The full version of Windows XP is about $300. A monitor is at least $150. Two items and you are already up to $450.

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/entdt_e310?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs#

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

That is true. However, the basic Dell computer has no AGP slot, or even a PCI express slot. It has only a 250 watt power supply. It only has two slots for RAM which means you can't add RAM, but only replace the existing modules with larger ones.

I own one. I know. 😉

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

True. I don't have a Dell. I need more power and features than what Dell offers. I was just using them as an example. I am looking at Falcon Northwest and Widow PC and a few other high end companies. I could never build what I want. You can't even buy the fastest processors, they go to companies first. Anyone have any experience with these companies below? I have a Alienware Area 51 now. I can't recommend Alienware. Tech support is on Venus!😞

My next computer:

Dual processors as fast as I can get.
Dual 256 or 512 video cards
4 GB ram or more
2 HD 160 GB each, or more
DVD writer
DVD ROM drive
3.5 floppy drive
5.1 or 7.1 Surround speaker system
Two +19 in monitors
+500 watt power supply

http://www.falcon-nw.com/flash/

http://www.widowpc.com/

http://www.overdrivepc.com/gaming/index.htm

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CrashGordon Chief Captain

Why the floppy drive? Does anything fit into 1.44 MB any more?

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RadarMan Chief Captain

CRJ,
If you want an inexpensive computer, go Dell, you can't built it for that price.
But if you want something like Alien or Falcon you can build it much cheaper and stronger than they can for much less money.

You mention the OS here's a copy of Windows XP Home (OEM) it's legal but doesn't have the usual booklets. If you (I don't mean you personally) need booklets to load an OS then don't build a computer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059

Radar

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RadarMan Chief Captain

CrashGordon wrote:

Why the floppy drive? Does anything fit into 1.44 MB any more?

Crash,
Floppies are still good for boot up disks. It's so cheap to add, why not.

Radar

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Greekman72 Chief Captain

RadarMan wrote:

CrashGordon wrote:

Why the floppy drive? Does anything fit into 1.44 MB any more?

Crash,
Floppies are still good for boot up disks. It's so cheap to add, why not.

Radar

I agree on this.
We have make a familiar discussion in past about it ➡

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/9183/floppy-drive-yes-or-no/

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CRJCapt Chief Captain

I don't have the knowledge or the time to build a system. I would need the book to install an OS. That's OK. I know it, so I won't build a computer. I figured that you can't build a system stronger than the computer companies if you can't get the same or faster processors. I could be wrong.

I like having a floppy drive. It's cheap. Word documents and small flies fit just fine. I can back up my resume on one in a few seconds. Yes, I know USB drives. I have two of them. 🙂

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tomthetank Chief Captain

You could,and still can build a PC for about 1/2 the price you would pay in the PC stores
The trouble is,as some one said you get better discounts the more items you buy

Plus points for building your own
1 cost 👍
2 you get exactly what you want 👍
3 a great feeling when you switch it on the 1st time Yes

Minus points
1 If it goes wrong ,you have to fix it Crying or Very sad (you still get warranties for all your parts,but you have to find the fault) Wall Bashing

CRJCaptsaid "I don't have the knowledge or the time to build a system. I would need the book to install an OS. "

With the older Windows it could be a problem,sometimes.But now Win XP is bootable from the CD,just pop it in and follow the onscreen instructions(which means clicking your mouse on YES a few times and selecting your country)
Oh, and entering the Windows key

The best tip I can give for PC building is
Get all your components together on a clean workspace and as you open box's put them away from you(give yourself some room)

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ARD-DC Captain

I started at the age of 9 😀 lost count as to how many since then.
My dad sells them for a living, for years we've built every computer we sold ourselves.

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Tailhook Chief Captain

RadarMan wrote:

You mention the OS here's a copy of Windows XP Home (OEM) it's legal but doesn't have the usual booklets. If you (I don't mean you personally) need booklets to load an OS then don't build a computer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059

Radar

What newegg cleverly managed to omit in the ad is the fact that you are only entitled to an OEM version if you purchase at least one piece of hardware at the same time (time as in moment) from the same store.

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Tailhook wrote:

RadarMan wrote:

You mention the OS here's a copy of Windows XP Home (OEM) it's legal but doesn't have the usual booklets. If you (I don't mean you personally) need booklets to load an OS then don't build a computer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059

Radar

What newegg cleverly managed to omit in the ad is the fact that you are only entitled to an OEM version if you purchase at least one piece of hardware at the same time (time as in moment) from the same store.

Buy a $3 mouse, they don't care what you buy, that's the rules from MS that hardware has to be sold with the OEM version.
There are a few sites that give you a cheap card (nic) so the you qualify.

Radar

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