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I mean I watched this 2 hour vidoe on YouTube about a month ago on this guy building one. It seems easy but the wiring seems sort of hard/complicated. Ah, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUY0t...eature=related
it's all so easy.

Since I forgot to mention this originally i'll put it here: Ground yourself Everytime you go to touch a part.
I use my case to ground myself.

step 1. take out the accessory box or bags from case.
2. install the cpu,ram, and heatsink onto the motherboard, do this on a piece of cardboard and ground yourself before playing with the parts.

3. (could also be 2, order at this point doesn't matter). Install the IO shield. Install the stand offs with the correct alignment to your motherboard (ATX for ATX, mATX for MaTX, and most cases will have some form of a guide to help you out there.) Now then I personally take a wrench and tighten them some more, this way if you have to take the motherboard out the stand off doesn't come with it.

4. Install motherboard into the case, If you've got a heavy heatsink this can be a bit hairy as the board will want to sag on you, so try to keep it straight as possible. align the back connectors with the io shield and slowly and carefully align the motherboard with the stand offs. slightly screw the motherboard in; I like to have room to move the motherboard around just incase it's not 100% aligned right ( I had this happen on my first build and couldn't get the video card in.) I also do a test with my video card and put it in and if it lines up, I tighten the other screws down, you don't want it too tight or you'll break the motherboard, I tighten until it starts to not want to turn, about 3 turns with MY screwdriver. Take the video card out and tighen the other screws.

5. Install the hard drive and disc drives.

6. install the video card.

7. Install the power supply. Now is the fun part, Cable management! This will either be a pain or really easy depending on your case. Route as many cables as possible behind the motherboard tray and then back around to the connector. The cpu power connector will look similar to the pci-e connectors (video card connectors) but they are pinned differently, so getting the right one off the start will help save time.

8. Install the sata cables and other tid bits. Hook up your front panel, make sure the USB header is in the USB header and not Firewire header or you'll fry the firewire header and the usb ports. Hook up the HD sound header to well the proper header. Setup up the reset switch, power etc, ( If you've got an Asus motherboard, or an MSi motherboard you'll have somethign called the Q-Connect, in which it'll have it all laid out on a movable plastic rectangle with pins.) Negative on negative, positive with positive, the negative wires are usually black, or a dark color.

9. Boot it up and set the bios to boot from your dvd drive then the Hard drive you want to install windows on, Install windows to said Hard drive.


Done, takes me about 2 hours to build a computers still, most of that time goes to making my cables look good. Good cables help temps. If you can't fit everything around the back of the motherboard tray, use twist ties or zap straps to bind cables together, Although do use twist ties away from the motherboard as they have metal in them.
Edited by Eagle1337 - 5/28/11 at 11:37am
post #32 of 57
Just build it yourself or get a dell. I broke it (on purpose) on the last month of the warranty
and they replaced everything MOBO,HDD,PSU,CPU! except the case.
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I am also worried about if I F up the mobo with static electricity from me. Seems like there are many things that can go downhill, fast.
LOL. just buy the ibuypower you listed. obviously, there is a workaround for the static electricity if you're really paranoid. TBH, i've never used a anti-static wriststrap or other device. Seriously, how much static can a person have that will destroy a MOBO? I guess if you took off a sweater or rubbed your buttocks on the carpet for 10 minutes, you could destroy a MOBO a simple touch.

It sounds like maybe a pre-built is the way to go for you. Will probably save you the stress.
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I knew someone who bought from iBuyPower just the other week.

His PC arrived DOA, but iBuyPower paid for shipping back to them and cross shipped a brand new system. Within 2 days he had a new PC from them working just fine.

He said their customer support is actually pretty good in comparison to other companies. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to friends who don't want to build their own PCs.
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If you don't feel comfortable building yourself then by all means buy the I buypower.It isn't a rip off at all,it's a decent price for what you get.Almost the same as building your own,especially if you have too buy windows.It's a no brainer.

The wiring on a pc is very very easy too do.
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iBUYPOWER's ground shipping is $75 damn dollars. Is that a ripoff? Shipping Info
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iBUYPOWER's ground shipping is $75 damn dollars. Is that a ripoff? Shipping Info
Yes their shipping is expensive. Kinda maybe coulda been a rip off.

They may be using 3 day ground guaranteed, who knows.

If it's regular ground, I doubt it should be that expensive (I know HP pays about $30 to ship desktops).
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Is this an ok HP? They have Office 2010 on sale for $80 too.

Windows 7 Home Premium
i5 2500S
6GB DDR3 1333MHz
750GB 7200RPM HDD
2GB GT 530
15 in 1 Media Reader, 4USB
Wireless N LAN card
Office 2010 Student

For $1,003

I am worried about the PSU they have on the HPs though.

EDIT: HP desktop also has HP 2011x 20" LED monitor included for $1,003.
Edited by NuclearSlurpee - 5/28/11 at 1:07pm
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iBUYPOWER's ground shipping is $75 damn dollars. Is that a ripoff? Shipping Info
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Yes their shipping is expensive. Kinda maybe coulda been a rip off.

They may be using 3 day ground guaranteed, who knows.

If it's regular ground, I doubt it should be that expensive (I know HP pays about $30 to ship desktops).
Rip off? No. Sending a package that large that weighs easily over 40 pounds can get quite expensive.
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Rip off? No. Sending a package that large that weighs easily over 40 pounds can get quite expensive.
I don't think UPS charges that much when it comes to weight, they mostly care about size+distance. That's what I have found.

Fedex does seem to take weight into the equation.

USPS sometimes depends. Don't ask me why lol. Weird as hell system they have to be honest.

I know high volume companies get good discounts.
HP does about $30~ for shipping of desktops (2day Fedex).
About under $25~ for overnight on 17" laptops.
Edited by AsAnAtheist - 5/28/11 at 1:51pm
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