Build Your Own Computer

So you want to build your own computer. No problem. It's easier than you think. First you'll want a mother board and processor. We recommend buying them as a set so you will be sure they are compatible with each other. Get a motherboard that has on-board sound, video and nic cards so you don't have to buy cards for them. We also suggest going with intel celeron (P4) rather than AMD processors. You will also need to buy a processor cooling fan. Now look at the motherboard specs to see which memory it supports and pick out your memory. next look at the motherboard specs and see what the form factor is. It should be something like ATX or MICRO ATX. When you look at cases get one with at least a 400 watt power supply included and make sure it supports your motherboard form factor. Now you will need to pick out a hard drive, floppy drive and cd-rom, cd burner and/or dvd rom or burner. Lastly you will need ide cables to connect the drives. We suggest round cables. That pretty well completes the box. You will also need accessories such as monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers.

We really like dealing with Tiger Direct. They have everything imaginable in stock and are easy to use with prompt delivery. This is our personal unsolicited opinion. We get nothing if you order from them. We cannot list or link specific things on their website because they are always offering newer and better things, dropping older things. If we link to the motherboard we bought, for instance, the link may die tommorrow if the product is then discontinued. You can get your parts anyplace you want. The following is presented as an example of what we bought.

We bought the following from Tiger Direct for $430.30 delivered UPS:
(Click the links to see pictures of the components)

Mach Speed - P4MDPT - VIA Socket 478 microATX Motherboard Bundle with Intel Celeron 2.7GHz Processor $129.00

Speeze P4 (478) Cooling Fan up to 3.0 GHz $14.99

V96-1902 :: Viking 256MB PC2100 DDR 266MHz Memory 2 sticks $49.99 each

K13-4103 :: Mercury Nova Blue ATX Mid-Tower Black Case with 400Watt Power Supply $34.99

THD-80H2 :: Hitachi 80GB / 7200 / 2MB / ATA-100 EIDE Hard Drive $66.99

A451-2023 :: Artec 56x CD-ROM Drive $22.99

TC1-6001 :: Sony 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive $17.99

T13-4003 :: Coolmax 12" Floppy Blue Round Cable $2.99

T13-4506 :: Coolmax 18" IDE Round Cable Translucent Blue 2 at $5.99 each

We will use the following from the old parts we have:

17" Monitor

16x10x40 CDR



Click Here To see how to put the computer together.

Bill & Jackie's

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