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    Good Guides for Building a PC

    I am about to build my own PC and was wondering if any of you could link to some useful guides. I already checked out a video guide on Maximum PC on how to build a PC, but I was wondering if anyone could link to a more detailed guide somewhere else.

    I also know there was previously a thread about this, however it's been many months since then and I hoped that new more relevant guides have come up.

    So, if you know of a guide online, please link.
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    We could probably create you one if you give us a rundown of what your looking at, component wise?
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    http://www.buildeasypc.com/hw/hardware.htm is pretty clear & will give you the basics, which never really change much.

    And as Terbinator says, a kit rundown will enable the Hexus 'massiv' to give you more focussed help

    Do you have any PC building experience at all? Just so you don't get patronised.
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    The way is do things (when using cases) is:

    - Put the CPU into the Motherboard
    - Put the RAM into the Motherboard
    - Fit the Heatsink to the Motherboard
    - Fit the Motherboard to the Case (Put stand-offs in, if their not already)
    - Route the Front Panel (LEDs and Switches) neatly and fit to the motherboard
    - Fit the Power Supply, DVD-Drive and Hard-Drive
    - Route the Power Supply's cables (You got a modular, so it'd be tidier) to the Motherboard (24pin and 8pin) and the SATA cables behind the motherboard tray.
    - Fit the SATA Data cables from the DVD and Hard-Drive to the Motherboard
    - Fit the Expansion Cards (Graphics and Wireless)
    - Do some cable management
    - Put sides back on
    - Attach all external cables (USB, Power, DVI/VGA/HDMI etc.)
    - Use either a DVD or USB to install Windows

    And your done!

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    It's actually about time one of our resident l33t PC builderz did a step-by-step guide
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    It's actually about time one of our resident l33t PC builderz did a step-by-step guide
    Along with a sticky 'What PC for £x' thread.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    It's actually about time one of our resident l33t PC builderz did a step-by-step guide
    Im not classed as one of the resident l33t builders..but ive been building for 11 years or so, ide be more than happy to knock a guide up when i recase the sisters machine. Although it has no expansion cards hmmm.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Along with a sticky 'What PC for £x' thread.
    That would be pointless, as the majority of parts nowadays are outdated as soon as you buy em.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by modd1uk View Post
    That would be pointless, as the majority of parts nowadays are outdated as soon as you buy em.
    Good man!
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by 0iD View Post
    Good man!
    No problem buddy, got a DSLR camera although i dont know how to use it to its full potential, atleast they will be clear pictures with detailed instructions lol.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    As someone who just finished their first ever build, I can tell you that's it's fiddly but not as hard as I thought.

    I would offer the following though,

    1) RAM sticks and other components that join the mainboard need more force than you might expect.
    2) Other components and plugs generally only fit one way. Don't force them.
    3) If you start to get frustrated, with an intractable problem, go outside, have a cuppa and post here.
    Society's to blame,
    Or possibly Atari.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    I'm not going to be overclocking immediately and I am not going to push the PC to it's limit so will I really need a heatsink just yet? Or can I postpone getting one?

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by modd1uk View Post
    No problem buddy, got a DSLR camera although i dont know how to use it to its full potential, atleast they will be clear pictures with detailed instructions lol.
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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Varmint View Post
    I'm not going to be overclocking immediately and I am not going to push the PC to it's limit so will I really need a heatsink just yet? Or can I postpone getting one?
    Heatsink as in CPU cooler buddy, thats just the general term for the component. You will get one with the CPU, but they arent very good for overclocking and would need aftermarket.

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    Re: Good Guides for Building a PC

    Don't overclock before you install Windows... ALWAYS gives me Blue screens...

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