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what? there are only 6 main parts to a computer
thousands upon thousands of teenagers build PC's for gaming every week. Don't know of any successful teenager traders
Best practice is to to replicate a system someone else is already successfully running that meets your needs. Problems and difficulties arise when people try to do stuff on the cheap and want to get clever and "save" by getting "bargains", and substituting "this part for that" Gary's system is a great example - who knows if the Xeon processor he has chosen in combination with the motherboard he has chosen will actually achieve what he wants? He is in uncharted territory, despite what specifications say.
Once you have a combo of items that are known to function together, there is a very simple guide on YouTube that you can follow here
RANT a little more... I've known a system which was a carbon copy of my own to go into reboot cycle because the owner tried using some old wireless Microsoft keyboard/mice combo - as soon as he got the keyboard and mouse as originally specified, problem was over, and system has been running for two weeks without a hitch.
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Around the time this thread started I was looking to build one for me, my ~7 year old workstation was on crutches. Been building computers for a while now (my uncle built me my first one over 20 years ago) and unless you read the mobo manual you would have compatibility issues with components. Now a days with the marvel of the internet all the work is done for you so why bother experimenting. There are several sites with builds people have done, I found this one to be the simplest and most straightforward for my quick and dirty needs even though I am not installing OS X: Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide March 2014
Used the mini deluxe blueprint as a base. Chose similar component variations, put them in the basket, ordered, took two days to get here, maybe 1.5 hours to build and since then have had no problems. The only "issue" for me was that the motherboard has only 2 fan connections. The case brought 2 fans + 1 for the cpu cooler meant one got left out. Ordered a 1 to 4 splitter cable and when that got here installed it.
I know people who call a plumber to fix a toilet. It's only 2 parts (float and flap), lol, for **** sake open the cover and look inside. Computers just have a few more components but are not really that complicated.
After installing windows I might have had to install the network drivers from the mobo cd, that was all I did, let Windows update take care of the rest.
Just don't want to discourage anyone from building their own pc. It can be done. This thread kind of turned into a worst case scenario but it does happen. Don't know what the odds are (2 standard deviations?) but one can get a bad motherboard, it happens.
I went with a custom build rather than buying a dell or other because last 2 pc's (dell and macpro) the motherboards and power supplies died (after a couple of years) and they were proprietary for both, so yeah, it is somewhat inconvenient to replace obsolete proprietary components. Had to go the used eBay components route. Looking to avoid that now. This mobo and psu should be easy to replace if anything happens.
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While I went for the xeon due to cpu per $ and the patriot for a similar reason, I also went for asus and seasonic, both were more expensive than my other options. I was actually trying to use all high-end components, (except for the case, that did not seem to matter that much to me) and get a good overall value.
I did find other systems on the pasmark site that built similarly. I'll know in the next few days, the replacement board is coming in a few hours.
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I had a long silloqui but some how the Win7x64 session went into BSOD and wiped out all my comments, file uploads, experiences and such.
sure, thousands upon thousands of machines are built all the time, but when you're doing it and crossing over those burning sands, its not material how many have gone before, just that your feets are burning as you're evolving.
thanks for the guide posts from AussieLand, they were very, very insightful and helpful.
but the expression still holds sway, one has to do for themselves and then they have expereience
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