Guide to Building Your Own PC - May 2005

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  • 1. Guide to Building Your Own Personal Computer May 2005 Brian Wells, MPH
  • 2. Overview
    • Types of PCs and basic components
    • How and where to get the right components
    • Sample systems
    • Putting it all together
  • 3. About Me
    • Have built many single and dual processor personal PCs
    • Have built sever-class systems
    • Have done some custom mod work
    • Extensive experience with Windows-server based network administration
  • 4. Types of PCs
    • Intel-based (Pentium 4, Pentium 4 EE, Xeon)
    • AMD-based (Athlon XP, Athlon MP, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Opteron)
    • Single Processor
    • Dual Processor
  • 5. What Makes A PC?
    • Basic Parts to a PC
      • Case - CD/DVD Drive
      • Motherboard - Power Supply
      • Processor - Floppy drive
      • RAM
      • Video card
      • Sound card
      • Hard Drive
  • 6. Where To Go For Components
    • Newegg, Newegg, Newegg!!!
    • Other good stores – Mwave, Xoxide, FrozenCPU, CrazyPC, etc.
    • Pricewatch.com
    • If you’re unsure, check ResellerRatings.com
    • Did I mention Newegg.com?
  • 7. Choosing Your Components
    • Decide if you want AMD or Intel
    • Decide what you’re going to use the PC for
      • Gaming, web browsing, writing papers, Tivo? Go with a single processor
      • Heavy multitasking, graphic design, video encoding? Look into a dual processor
    • Decide how much you’re willing to spend
    • Go shopping!
  • 8. Sample Configuration
    • Budget Box ($530)
      • Intel Celeron 2.53GHz
      • 512MB PC3200
      • 8X DVD+/-RW
      • 80GB Hard drive
      • Onboard Sound, Video, and LAN
      • Windows XP Home SP1a
  • 9. Sample Configuration
    • Midrange Box ($1100)
      • Athlon 64 3000+
      • Albatron K8X800 Pro II
      • 1GB PC3200
      • 200GB Hard drive
      • Radeon 9800 Pro
      • 8x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
      • Windows XP Home SP1a
  • 10. Sample Configuration
    • High-End Box ($2300)
      • Pentium 4 3.4GHz
      • Radeon X800 Pro
      • 1GB DDR2 PC4200
      • Abit AA-DuraMAX i925X
      • CL Audigy 2 ZS
      • 8X Dual Layer DVD+/RW
      • WD 74GB Raptor
      • WD 250GB SATA
      • Antec P160 w/ 550W PS
      • Windows XP Professional SP1a
  • 11. Putting It All Together
    • Confirm you have all the pieces
  • 12. Component Installation
    • Install the motherboard and power supply into the case
    • Install the processor and RAM
    • Hook up the case connections to the motherboard
    • Install all hard drives and CD/DVD drives
    • Hook up power connections, PATA, and SATA cables
    • Try to boot up
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  • 15. Final Steps
    • Configure the BIOS settings
    • Install your OS
    • Enjoy!
    • You can add lights, water cooling, etc. – Use your imagination!
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  • 18. In a Nutshell
    • Decide what you want to do with your PC
    • Decide how much you want to spend
    • Shop around to get the best deal
  • 19. Additional Resources
    • HardOCP.com
    • MaximumPC Forums
    • AMDMB.com
    • Tom’s Hardware
    • Bit-Tech.net
    • Your equipment manufacturer
    • Microsoft Knowledgebase
  • 20. Thank You! Any Questions? This presentation is available for download at: http://www.destination-web.com/howto/buildpc.pdf