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Building your own PC:
1. Determine what it will be used. For gaming, get the best hardware you can afford: CPU, RAM, Video Card, hard disk, sound card.
2. Do your research on these component to see if they have problem. People who purchase these components are pretty vocal in forums, chatrooom, etc. so you know what to avoid. By research I mean on price, reviews, and users feedback. If you plan to install Linux, make sure they all work before you buy.
3. Get yourself an anti-static wriststrap at places like CompUSA or local PC shops. Static can KILL your component SILENTLY and there is no way to test it except when your brand new CPU, RAM, etc. does not work. Always wear it whenever you handle the components. What is static? Well you probably experience it the past: sliding across the carpet and touch the door knob, drying your clothes without the 'Bounce' softener (if you do your own laundry).
4. Be patient and follow instruction that come with your parts: case, mainboard, etc. If you are stuck, just post the question one of the many forums and people are more than happy to help.
5. Once you have completed the assemply of your new PC, run some test on it after you install you favorite OS. Check out these programs:
Prime95: Stress test your CPU and RAM. Find it here:
Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic.
Although these programs are not perfect, they do a good job of testing your hardware for defect.
Most of all, it is not as hard as it seems. It's like riding the bike. You remember that, don't you?