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I'm doing this as sort of a hobby ive been watching videos on youtube and using wiki on the following subjects

Binary addition
logic gates
CPU architecture
data bus
half adder
full adder
clock rates
system clock
data bus
etc.

coming from no knowledge of how a CPU operates or what a logic gate is or looks like, I now understand all of the above subjects and the basic history of CPU's starting from the 8080 i'm now making logic gates on breadboards, For some reason I've been really into this stuff lately haha i haven't played video games in a week and been up till 1am some nights reading and creating logic on my breadboard i'm not sure how im learning so fast, faster than i think I could in a tech school since I focus only on what I need to instead of following a rigid course plus this is only a hobby for me so I don't want to spend lots of money on actual tech courses, I have a basic understanding of electronics (ohms, resistance, metal types etc.) but..

is it be better to start with a full understanding of electronics first before I learn anymore about computers?
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Depends on what field of computer science you're interested in. If you want to become a semiconductor engineer or PCB fabricator, then yeah, I'd probably get a good grasp on college-level electronics before proceeding. If you're just out to build a PC (using pre-built components) and software, then further electronic knowledge is not required.

Greg
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i think you have enough knowledge by the sounds to build PC's and overclock them, maybe even extreme overclocking and volt mods you would find easy to understand and how to.

what is your main interest with computers?
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Depends on what field of computer science you're interested in. If you want to become a semiconductor engineer or PCB fabricator, then yeah, I'd probably get a good grasp on college-level electronics before proceeding. If you're just out to build a PC (using pre-built components) and software, then further electronic knowledge is not required.

Greg

sounds like I should go the semiconductor engineer route since i want to know exactly how a CPU works and what is used to build one, down the line I want to be able to write programs and for a real hobby MOD games.

I think a good learning route would be to look at what an actual techs school/university course offers as a curriculum for those wanting to become a semiconductor engineer and following a similar learning path.

i think my main interest has always been to fully understand how computers work from hardware to software, its just been a long time goal of mines i guess, i want to be that person who can build stuff like this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO0X7iZ0uNQ
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Go to uni, get masters in what you like, get job doing what you like.
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look at different programs such as computer science or computer engineering, even electrical engineering. maybe subjects like computer arch, embeded processor design for example. they will have a fair amout of progamming classes too plus which you can further study by research online
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^^^ This.

If your goal is to learn how they really work, deep down inside the core, then an Electrical Engineering degree with a focus in semiconductor engineering is for you. Back when was looking at schools full time, there were only a handful of colleges in the US that had such a program. Now, you can probably get it at the local community college. LOL. OK, maybe not. =)

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good on you! thumb.gif
I remember i had to take these classes when i started my undergrad in information systems , now 10 years later i'm doing my masters in information systems and still use almost the same logic operations in programming.
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