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is there any way i could get people to donate to the project? or is that completely unheard of?

That'll probably be seen more as begging than donations. Start small and on a budget, keep working at it until you have something awesome. There's no such thing as a free lunch. tongue.gif
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That'll probably be seen more as begging than donations. Start small and on a budget, keep working at it until you have something awesome. There's no such thing as a free lunch. tongue.gif

fair enough.

id also love to start a pc building business. starting small in town. hoping to grow.
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fair enough.
id also love to start a pc building business. starting small in town. hoping to grow.

I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but I would guess you are pretty young. A lot of work goes into the things you are asking for and definitely will not happen overnight. Starting small is the best way to go either way. If you want to be sponsored on a build log, you need to have proven that you are going to really impress people with the product and design it in a way others will want to buy it. For someone to want to buy it, I would want to be able to trust your opinion, which without any reps or posts, is almost impossible to do. When it comes to starting your own business, you also have to become reputable and get your name out. You can go on craigslist and see 100s of people posting about computer services, and its almost impossible to seperate yourself from them. I would start small by doing work for friends and family, possibly for free, to get your name out and prove you are reputable to get business by word of mouth. With that being said, please make sure you are good at what do, or you will be seen as unreliable and get no business.
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  • Become an active member of online communities and respected by peers
  • Show that you're responsible and knowledgable
  • Have a reasonable, interesting, and unique build plan and be able to show/describe your ideas/plans
  • Present yourself well online and be able to gain followers and get in the spotlight.
I've seen new members be sponsored before, it's not quite as common as "veteran" members getting sponsored but it does happen.
PS, Big companies are tough to be sponsored by and is very unlikely for your first major project. You'll definitely need to start smaller and have a good list of projects under your belt first.

Made that a bit more generic and added a few things.

I've never done a sponsored computer build, partially because of the cheapness of computers and partially because I didn't want to be held down by sponsors and in some cases knew I couldn't get the particular sponsors I wanted. On other projects though where I have been sponsored, the above is certainly something I did and my sponsors looked highly upon.
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I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but I would guess you are pretty young. A lot of work goes into the things you are asking for and definitely will not happen overnight. Starting small is the best way to go either way. If you want to be sponsored on a build log, you need to have proven that you are going to really impress people with the product and design it in a way others will want to buy it. For someone to want to buy it, I would want to be able to trust your opinion, which without any reps or posts, is almost impossible to do. When it comes to starting your own business, you also have to become reputable and get your name out. You can go on craigslist and see 100s of people posting about computer services, and its almost impossible to seperate yourself from them. I would start small by doing work for friends and family, possibly for free, to get your name out and prove you are reputable to get business by word of mouth. With that being said, please make sure you are good at what do, or you will be seen as unreliable and get no business.

Agreed. To really become successful in pretty much anything you have to keep at it if it's something your really belief in and know when to quit (that one is hard).
 
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As an added bonus suggestion, learn to take pictures. It'll help immensely.

People love seeing beautiful pictures in build logs (those macro ones just send goose bumps). You don't need a DSLR to take amazing pics either. Actually it's all about lighting.

So get your camera and start practicing (even if it's not on a computer). Then when you do work on computers (be it large or small projects) you'll have a porfolio of pictures to prove your point when you'll finally be approached (or when you approach the manufacturer) for sponsorships.

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I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but I would guess you are pretty young. A lot of work goes into the things you are asking for and definitely will not happen overnight. Starting small is the best way to go either way. If you want to be sponsored on a build log, you need to have proven that you are going to really impress people with the product and design it in a way others will want to buy it. For someone to want to buy it, I would want to be able to trust your opinion, which without any reps or posts, is almost impossible to do. When it comes to starting your own business, you also have to become reputable and get your name out. You can go on craigslist and see 100s of people posting about computer services, and its almost impossible to seperate yourself from them. I would start small by doing work for friends and family, possibly for free, to get your name out and prove you are reputable to get business by word of mouth. With that being said, please make sure you are good at what do, or you will be seen as unreliable and get no business.

i built my friends computer, $2700. my computer $1600, and another friends $680. I live, breath, eat, sleep, and breath computers. I'm going to college for it currently. And am working on my A+ certification. I know my way around windows and can easily set up networking. I also know my way around a Mac (owned one for 3 years). I learn more about computers everyday. and yes, i am young. I am 18. 19 in 15 days. Im eager to learn and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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From what I've seen the skillset required to build a computer worthy of sponsorship on these forums is, generally speaking, not related to computers. It's more akin to material fabrication and design. You'll see a lot of work done by people who have access to machine shops or have a garage/shed with a pretty awesome set of tools. That doesn't mean you can't make an amazing pc mod with a simple tools, it just means that many of the guys/girls have experience in some other form of fabrication and that experience lends itself to pc modding. There are countless ways to get this experience, and it generally provides you with invaluable tools when you own a home. My two cents.
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alot of stuff happends behind threads ( see what i did there? )

sometimes the motherboard CPU and other components are borrowed for final pics or something , the case is from a friend who wants it in another color , and another friend of yours bought a RASA kid . You could use those situations for a build log

U could do some cool moddings , get a dremel and do some windows and some holes lol . take apart old cases , paint them and put them back on lol even if its a 1999 compac lol

And about the computer store , dont limit yourself to PCs , learn to repair some Mac stuff .... some of them are a PITA . but there are lots of human/bots who bought apple stuff and didnt knew what they bought so they ended up pressing one of the many macros they got and now the screen is upside down ... the keyboard doesnt type letters anymore ... no audio , or the most common one ... there is no image on the display LOL

those are easy 50 ( but charge higher because mac people are numb and will pay whatever it takes to fix their precious item LOL )
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I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but I would guess you are pretty young. A lot of work goes into the things you are asking for and definitely will not happen overnight. Starting small is the best way to go either way. If you want to be sponsored on a build log, you need to have proven that you are going to really impress people with the product and design it in a way others will want to buy it. For someone to want to buy it, I would want to be able to trust your opinion, which without any reps or posts, is almost impossible to do. When it comes to starting your own business, you also have to become reputable and get your name out. You can go on craigslist and see 100s of people posting about computer services, and its almost impossible to seperate yourself from them. I would start small by doing work for friends and family, possibly for free, to get your name out and prove you are reputable to get business by word of mouth. With that being said, please make sure you are good at what do, or you will be seen as unreliable and get no business.

i built my friends computer, $2700. my computer $1600, and another friends $680. I live, breath, eat, sleep, and breath computers. I'm going to college for it currently. And am working on my A+ certification. I know my way around windows and can easily set up networking. I also know my way around a Mac (owned one for 3 years). I learn more about computers everyday. and yes, i am young. I am 18. 19 in 15 days. Im eager to learn and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Though i have never been sponcered by a big company, i have boult nearly 100 custom PCs for people ranging from a simple mITX build w/ intigrated graphics and a nice cable job to 4x 480s on 4-way SLI x58 mobo with everything possible water cooled, in a MM Accention (they are a PITA to make look nice btw) and full dual PSU cabling harness... IMO, the best way for you to get people to trust your skills is to:

build a very simplistic computer that simply looks impeccable wile taking advantage of some more complicated and difficult techniques
answer every question ever asked, and review every product you put into your machine
demonstrate viable knowledge on computers in general and they inter workings

to be blatantly honest, the absolute best looking build i have ever seen cost around 2k total and didnt use too difficult of techniques... execution is 90% of the build, and when done correctly can make nearly any machine a professional looking work

NOTE: as you can see, proper spelling is not required, though it may help (i am unsure as i have never done it wink.gif)
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