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More than three years ago my parents bought me a new computer (I was too n00b to even know it was possible to build my own system at that time ), which was a beast at that time ^_^. I have kept it since then, sometimes upgrading parts when they were way too old, but nothing too fancy (all in all I changed the RAM, the video card and the PSU).

However nowadays with all the new games my good old system feels a little... slow. I think a major bottleneck is the 2.6 GHz Pentium 4... But if I want to upgrade to dual-core, I need to change my motherboard (currently it only supports socket 478) and get a PCIE new video card (it's currently AGP8x). And with that, I'll need to actually remove the mobo and replace all kinds of stuff I'm unaware of, things I never did change, and that's kinda scary .

What the hell can I do ... Thanks!
    
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It may be scary when you look inside of a computer for the first time. But this site is a great help, don't be afraid to ask. It took me 2 hours just to install a HARD DRIVE! when I never even opened a case before. If you or anyone you know has an old spare system lieing around, get some practice removing all the components and re-building it. Good luck .

Also check Google for some guides.
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i read maddddddddddd books before i built my own but i thought it was pretty simple
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Dude trust me, it's easy when you get the hang of it.

I'm an MMA fighter, I used to go to college keggers, and I figured this stuff out.

I mean, when you get down to it, it's like when you're a kid and you play that game where you push shapes into the holes they fit in. Everything only has a certain socket/fitting it goes into.

There's plenty of guides and everyone on this site will see you through it.

In 2002 I bought a Dell instead of home built. Now I'm on a home built and this summer I'm building my ultimate rig.
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the only hard part is the processor but thats about it. It's pretty much screws and such
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Thanks for the fast and kind replies guys . I already love this forum ^_^

I guess when I'll have enough money I'll get down and dirty with this little monster, eh.
    
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post #7 of 12
And watch the RAM.You can get it backwards and fry your board.
I started doing my own when I got sick of running to a friend for help.Now they all run to me.I have been building my own now for about 6 years maybe longer who knows.Look at it as a puzzle,pieces only fit a certain way Ram and CPU being the easiest to be put in wrong.
And expect alot of trial and error.Everyone goes through that stage and expect to atleast burn a few things up by accident.
Good Luck
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you'll be fine. I just built my first one a couple of months ago, and I had a huge amount of anxiety similar to yourself coming into it. After I was done however, I was really pretty amazed at how simple everything ended up going. I think the biggest thing is to just take your time on everything and you'll be fine. Also, keep the motherboard manual close at hand. At least in my case it pretty much tells you how to assemble the entire system, I found it to be an indispensable resource during my build.
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Originally Posted by Shawn156 View Post
And watch the RAM.You can get it backwards and fry your board.
I started doing my own when I got sick of running to a friend for help.Now they all run to me.I have been building my own now for about 6 years maybe longer who knows.Look at it as a puzzle,pieces only fit a certain way Ram and CPU being the easiest to be put in wrong.
And expect alot of trial and error.Everyone goes through that stage and expect to atleast burn a few things up by accident.
Good Luck
I always mix up the up / down. Nothing happened yet.

This site is great for info.

I would try to get a "dummy" PC to play with it but if you are going to replace everything anyway I would play with yours Read up on guides and google is also your bff!
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Originally Posted by vezinapotomis View Post
you'll be fine. I just built my first one a couple of months ago, and I had a huge amount of anxiety similar to yourself coming into it. After I was done however, I was really pretty amazed at how simple everything ended up going. I think the biggest thing is to just take your time on everything and you'll be fine. Also, keep the motherboard manual close at hand. At least in my case it pretty much tells you how to assemble the entire system, I found it to be an indispensable resource during my build.
What he said covers my case. The CPU is rather easy as long as you follow the instructions, BUILD BEFORE ITS IN THE CASE, and make sure your push pins are inserted as so:
1 2
3 4

In the sequence of 1, 4, 3, 2. It helps. And set your voltage in BIOS, so that your temps dont fly for no reason, and last but not least, use coretemp to read temps, if you have a C2D and it says T_junction is 100C, it's acctually 85C and you can chop off 15C from your temps to get true temps. Oh, and, last but not least, dont screw up the TIM on your HSF as I did. XD.
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