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- Bill Bradshaw
January 25, 2015, 7:26 pm
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am looking for sources where I can read about what others are doing
while building their systems. I must not have used the right search
word(s) because I did not find a usenet group that is oriented towards
computer builds. There must be one or more. I also subscribe to
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Re: Computer Builds
The 25 word or less summary:
1) It's not exactly rocket science. You use a screwdriver.
2) What do you do, if the thing doesn't work ? How do you
test to find out which component is defective ?
So rather than figuring out what snack food to eat while
operating the screwdriver, it's a matter of thinking
about how you'll get yourself out of a jam.
So think about, "how good have I been at debugging
computer problems on that Dell I own". If you were
an absolute disaster figuring out your Dell problems,
then there is a risk your build might not turn out well.
(Many builds here, all the hardware worked right, out
of the box. It's not like they're all bad. But you
must be prepared for that.) If you take your Dell
to the Geek Squad as a solution, then that sort of
approach is also possible with your "bucket of bolts"
home build. Mom and Pop computer stores will fix
home-built computers for a fee. You can price that
in advance if you want ("how much to fault-find my
new home built computer"?).
I assemble the components on the kitchen table,
and bring up the system on the table, before putting
it into a computer case. But not everyone does it that
way. I do it that way, more for the amusement value.
By using the kitchen table method, you have an opportunity
to check component temperatures. That's one of the reasons
I do it. It also allows me to take measurements, if
I need to use the multimeter or the clamp-on ammeter.
For example, on my last build (August), I burned
myself on the VCore regulator (65C surface temperature).
Not many motherboards are going to do that, as the
heatsink on them will be a bit bigger than this one is.
It meant adding a fan to the build, to keep the
surface temperature of VCore under control.
Before you buy a motherboard, download the PDF user
manual. Virtually everything today has a manual - it's
expected as a pre-sales item. The manual doesn't hold
your hand, but it does tell you what you're getting
in terms of a product. It also helps to have a high-res
photo of the product, so you can say, spot how big
the heatsink on VCore is :-) (Doh!).
Re: Computer Builds
The last three I built used those mini-ITX formfactor mobo/cpu combos.
Just popped the board in an old ATX case and in 15 minutes and a couple
of hundred dollars later all done other than loading the OS of course.
I usually find a decent dual core or quad core at NewEgg
but the last few times I checked they mostly had Celerons...which I will
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