Just Finished my first home build!

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    Using it now.
    Asus 4A78 Pro mobo (1 gig onboard graphics w/512 shared) $74
    (Crossfire, hyper-threading, etc....Can upgrade to Phenom II x4 later if I so choose)
    AMD Phenom II x2 black edition chipset $109
    OCZ (2x2GB) 240 pin SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $59
    WD 320GB SATA2 7200rpm HDD $49
    Ultra L Series Pro 650-watt power supply $26
    Samsung 22X DVD/RW w/lightscribe $32
    2 18" Round cables $14
    Already had an old full size ATX case
    Total cost $363

    Just for gits and shiggles I loaded XP. It took 45 minutes not including upgrades because it couldn't find my internet and wouldn't let me set it up. Reformatted the HD and loaded 64bit Ubuntu, it took 15 min, including updates and found all my hardware. Looks like I've made my OS choice.
    Blazing fast medium/high end system for under $400
     
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    BYO is much less expensive, and will always give you a better machine.

    That's upgradable!
     
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    What was funny was I've "rebuilt" old machines and in putting this one together I was expecting to have to connect so much more. Not the case, with almost everything being built into the mobos now-a-days the need for add on cards is rapidly disappearing for general usage systems.
     
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    Wish I was smart enough to build my own computer. I am not though. I'm smart enough to know that. You guys that build your own computers have all of my envy.
     
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    BBD, it's actually very easy and I'm self taught. There are so many online tutorials and help pages it's hard not to figure it out. First question to ask is "what type of system do I need". Simply put do you do extreme gaming, work with lots of graphics or videos, download tons of music files or just regular usage and internet surfing. That determines what components to look for. After that the number one issue becomes upgradeablity. I selected most of my components based on recommendations from a site on building gaming systems for my price range, The mobo (motherboard) I selected in particular because of the built in features and the fact that I could have put an AMD Athalon (P4 type chip for you Intel types) or an AMD quad chip.
    The process took me about 4 months to research (familiarize myself with components and terminology), a week to determine exactly what I wanted and another week for everything to arrive,
    Each part comes with a user guide which generally is so easy to follow a blind monkey with no arms could do it. Once you've put it together all that is left is to load the OS (In almost all instances the BIOS have already been loaded, if not insert the CD that comes with the mobo and follow the instructions).
     
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    Can you put together a puzzle which has only seven pieces and they only fit one way?

    Then you can build a computer.
     
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    As they said, not as tough as people think, things only fit where they are suppose to go so as long as you don't touch any of the metal you just have to look up what you need. Fear, fear makes people buy the premade junk stores cheat you with. ;)

    Don't fear the reaper.
     
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    Where'd you get a 650 PS for 24 $?
     
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    you may need a screwdriver
     
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    $26 actually. Did I type $24?? Got it on E-bay.
    Just a month before I picked up a three month old Chemei 22" monitor for $110 shipped. It's an awesome monitor! I think they retail for around $200 to $300.
     

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