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    Up to date Building your own guides?

    Anyone know of any sites with up to date guides on building your own PC?


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    You really cant go wrong mate the motherboard manual tells you all you need to know

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    Lightbulb Book suggestion

    Do you know Haynes Manuals?

    If not they are famous for piece by piece manuals on all makes and models of cars sold in Britain. Fantastic stuff.

    Anyway they brought out a maunal for building your own PC and I found it was the best I could buy: very clear, very easy to dip into and understand. Very well organised chapters/sections. Good advice and great pictures to help you. Don't bother with the dummies guide it ain't great.

    I got mine 18 months ago and at that time PCI-E was about to launch - worth every penny. New version is available as I took a look for you:

    AMAZON:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...444656-9704646

    HAYNES for INFO:
    http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/s...atalogId=10001

    PLAY do one other Haynes manual that may be of interest.
    http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=s...Go.x=48&Go.y=2

    Bear in mind some comments on Amazon will be for the 2004 version. Hope this helps & that links work.
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    Don't rely on manuals that come with the components - they are completely varying in how much they actually tell you that's useful. Not always their fault - but if you buy components from different makers it's not surprising that they all label things differently and can't tell you about other manufacturers parts.

    The Haynes manual sounds very cool.

    Most system building guides do not really go out of date - while the specification of the components is different, the basic make up of a desktop PC hasn't changed all that much in 20 years - it's that very universal make up which created the PC success after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    Don't rely on manuals that come with the components - they are completely varying in how much they actually tell you that's useful. Not always their fault - but if you buy components from different makers it's not surprising that they all label things differently and can't tell you about other manufacturers parts.

    The Haynes manual sounds very cool.

    Most system building guides do not really go out of date - while the specification of the components is different, the basic make up of a desktop PC hasn't changed all that much in 20 years - it's that very universal make up which created the PC success after all.

    i had thefirst haynes manual and yes it helped me build a good pc, although it had stuff bout jumpers which are in most cases a thing of the past the basic ateps were there and gave gd advice on every component: may get the new one

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    I had to set jumpers on the computer I just built a month ago...

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    lol really?
    i didnt know part from cmos that u had to much now

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    i had to disable the onboard graphics on my motherboard with jumpers to stop it confusing ati tool

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    ahhh un common as many on board mobos dnt usually have an agp i didn tthink??

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    Good selection of links above

    Quote Originally Posted by project187
    ahhh un common as many on board mobos dnt usually have an agp i didn tthink??
    The very cheapest of boards might not, but take intel for an example, nearly all of their chipsets come in two versions - an onboard gfx chip version and a non-onboard version - apart from that they are identical and will have the same slots (AGP or PCIe). ATI have a similar thing with their Xpress200 motherboard, and I think NVidia probably do as well with the 6150 etc.

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