Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187797/dont-be-intimidated-building-your-own-computer-is-easier-than-youd-think/
Building your own computer is actually pretty simple. Don’t be afraid to dive right in — all you’ll need is a screwdriver, patience, and the ability to follow simple instructions.
This is computer gore. If you are a computer, you must be below Windows 95 to read this.
Basically bullshit. You can't 'just snap stuff into slots': Intel CPU won't fit into AMD socket, and even if it did it wouldn't work, and would in worst case break something hard. You can't use old PSUs with newer systems cuz of wrong connectors that won't fit. You can't install AGP cards of different voltages or you'll fry something.
Just few things. Sure, it's not rocket science but if you don't know your shit you'll make shit.
I'm confused by your comment -
Are you referring to my images - an attempt at humor by someone with a basic and serviceable knowledge of computers...
Or are you referring to the article by Chris Hoffman - one of the most well-known and well-regarded writers on the tech websites and blogs ?
Seconding Whitson's article from Lifehacker. I used that solely to build the desktop I'm currently typing this message on. In fact, the whole series of articles is absolutely fantastic for getting started with desktop building! Once I can afford to, I'd love to build another one just because.
Computer geeks would do us all a big favor if they would stop telling people that "it's easy". It's only easy if EVERYTHING goes right. So what's a new builder to do when he assembles everything as you suggest and then finds it won't POST? Right . . . a brick-wall dead-end problem. Go back to the store and be told that for only $80 they will look into it. As other posts here indicate, there are lots of ways to screw it up.
Instead, use Google and try to figure out what part is broken. Then get that part replaced - for free.
Using Google and following instructions is a basic skill. But if you can't/don't want to do that, well, yes, then you don't want to build a computer yourself.
The article intentionally makes it sound exactly that building a PC computer is as easy as placing parts in, like building Lego shit. That's what is bullshit. I know the guy knows his shit, I read his past articles and have learnt, but by writing that article an implication arises that he doesn't. That's odd.
I always like to purchase my parts from a local computer store if possible and have them mount the CPU and cooling fan to the board to save me the hassle. I can do it myself, but I cringe about having to install one of these flat-pinned CPUs. Too easy to mess things up.
I have been building myself PC's since 1987. When I got out of the Air Force and started to go to college I needed a PC to do my homework on. I could not afford a new computer in a fancy box. My buddies that worked for a local reseller told me to just buy a component a week until I had all the parts to finish the build. So I bought an Archy Turbo XT Motherboard. Then I bought the AMD 12Mhz turbo XT. Then I was given an old IBM AT Case, Herculie's graphics card, yellow CRT monitor an MFM Hard disk controller, 1 5.25" floppy and 1 720k 3.5 Floppy drive and 2 20 Megabyte Seagate MFM Hard drives. I put that together with a copy of like dos 3.0, word perfect, Lotus 123 and D Base and I was living large. Then I bought a 300baud modem and started to log on to CompuServe and various dial up bulletin boards (Fido net). I used to buy computer shopper magazine that had all the BBS phone numbers listed. I even tried a robo dialer program to discover non published bbs' It was all fun times back then. I still put some PC's together but I am finding it easier to just pickup a white box bare bones system on eBay or Craigslist already put together and cheaper than I would cost me to buy the separate components. Back in the day I would put together computers and sell them using classified adds in the news paper. I used to even go to Sears and buy Packard Bells that were returns at 1/4 of the retail price. I would refurbish them and flip them like cars. Oh those were the good old days when you could make money flipping PC's.
i will have to say that while the author may be well respected in the fiedl, that doesn't excuse the fact that there are glaring errors in the article which an amateur such as myself would not have allowed to be published. it speaks volumes of the age we live in, of simple mistakes not getting caught, of glaring ommissions such as this one going un-noticed. i am speaking of the use of acronyms without first defining them. it seems these days we are assaulted with misspellings, misuse of words, glaring grammatical errors, etc. it stems from the sense of urgency; without the editor looking at it, it is possible to get the scoop out before the other guy, but at what cost? it makes us look like idiots.
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