Guide to Building Your Own PC - May 2005

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Guide to Building Your Own PC - May 2005

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

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