Unfortunately many enthusiasts have more enthusiasm than technical expertise or even PC building experience. While we all need to start some place, it's useful in life to use the knowledgebase that is readily available to people. That's why there are no dumb questions - except the ones you don't ask.
There are any number of tutorials and even videos online to help new and even experienced PC builders deal with issues that occur on a PC build with new hardware. What I find amazing is many enthusiasts are unwilling to invest any effort to learn or research issues and automatically assume that the new hardware they received and installed is "defective" if it doesn't do what they expect it to do - often without installation of proper drivers, no stress testing, etc.
I realize that we live in the Internet age but it amazes me that many new PC builders are resistant to actually READING online tutorials. They can't be bothered but they want instant answers and gratification from the experts. They are investing little and expecting big returns - as if they are somehow entitled to years of experience and firsthand knowledge without investing any effort to learn so they can solve their own issues and be able to help other folks.
Newegg has an online PC building video but you'd definitely need to have considerable experience to get a lot of value from it. I'd kind of consider it a quick refresher for those who have built PCs in the past. There are any number of You Tube PC building videos of various quality and technical levels. The bottom line is much of the information required is readily available to those who seek it.
While in many cases it probably is appropriate to suggest that these folks just buy a pre-built PC because they are in way over their heads as far as technical knowledge, we should not be too quick to discourage these folks from learning and contributing, perhaps in the future. They certainly aren't going to learn much however if they don't invest any effort to learn.
The sad part is most of the folks in this situation do not understand they lack the technical expertise, they are not willing to invest a reasonable effort to learn, they feel entitled to have their PC issues resolved immediately if not sooner by a good samaritan and in the end they have not learned any skills to help themselves or other folks. They have missed out on the actual FUN of learning and discovering the "how and why" of PC building let alone the FUN of learning to overclock and what that world is all about. They assume because people casually talk about PC building and OC'ing in forums that anyone can do it and that no learning and little knowledge is required. As most of us here know - that is simply not the case.
That is part of the reason I started this thread - I do not want to discourage newbies I want to encourage them to learn so they know fact from fiction when it comes to building a PC or even buying components for their PC. I'd love to see fewer technically absurd product review comments everywhere based on the enthusiast's lack of sufficient PC knowledge. The only way I know of to achieve this is by nurturing their PC education and self-help skills.
I can't catch a fish daily to feed every PC enthusiasts who is "hungry" for knowledge but I'd be glad to help them learn how to fish for themselves...
For those who don't know what the above para-phrase means, it means learning to help yourself is what life is all about. Otherwise you are pretty much dependent on someone else to provide and take care of your needs be they personal or PC or whatever. There is no better time to start learning than the present! Enjoy.
Edited by AMD4ME - 6/1/12 at 6:34pm