[Novalug] Building my own
energy.wwind at cox.net
Sat Oct 3 15:09:33 EDT 2009
Bonnie Dalzell wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Oct 2009, Nino Pereira wrote:
>> I can recommend getting Igor Birman to build a computer for you.
>> Getting something that benefits from his expertise is worth
>> the extra money, certainly if you count the time you save.
>> It's different if you'd rather want to develop your own experience:
>> the mistakes that you make in the process usually cost a lot.
> Actually I did not have an expensive problem learning to build a computer
> because the brick and mortar store employees were very willing to teach
> me. The important thing was to make sure the components were compatible.
> The first computer I built was when Crazy Steve's computer trailer was
> still on Cat road in Bowie. This must have been 20 years ago. Crazy Steve
> specialized in selling computer parts that were compatible. Then you had
> to worry about wether the different boards that went in your slots used
> different IRC addresses and you had to set those addresses. Crazy Steve
> made sure you knew about that. Now IRC's do not seem to be a problem.
Setting IRCs and forcing hardware went away with the ISA slots.........
> my experience now the really important things for building a computer
> (1)Turn off the power when mucking around inside (best way to
> assure this is to unplug it).
> (2) do it when it is humid in the summer so that static electricity
> is not a problem and make sure you ground yourself anyway. I do not have
> carpets but when doing stuff inside the machine in the winter I only
> wear cotton jeans and te-shirts and I take my shows and socks off to
> reduce static. Touch something metal before going into the machine.
touching something metal won't help at all. You have to touch metal
connected to the chassis and power supply by metal.........
> (3) Make sure the components match
> (4) After all is together make sure the COU and northbridge and graphics
> card fans are all runnning.
most recent Intel brand motherboards have system monitoring software
that gives the speed of each fan, actual voltage on each bus.
> (5) Don't let mice get in the case and pee on the circuit boards.
use George Forman's' fryer instead.
> I like having some of those slide out drive drawers so you can swap
> drives. However I found that I could not run 4 at a time and they worked
> best with master slave settings rather than cable select.
I NEVER use cable select. I want hardware to be the same on every
> One thing about building a machine - you become able to mostly fix it.
> Here are a couple of my other derived from experience
> <computer humor>
> Mostly do not try and fix your computer clueless friend's computers other
> than replacing drives and inserting memory chips they bought under
> instruction from the manufacturer. Let them pay a professional with a
> shop to do anything that requires more diagnostics. It is less
> expensive in the long run.
> One of my clueless aquantainces brought his computer to me - does not
> turn on. When we opened it and tested cables etc and then plugged it back
> in it sort of exploded. Turns out he was carrying it loose in the back
> of his pickup truck with the rest of his furniture when he moved - no
> protective boxing or anything like that.
> If you take a laptop apart be prepared to have things left over if you get
> it back together successfully. Surpisingly the laptop may well continue to
> </computer humor>
>> Igor Birman wrote:
>>> Tiger Direct is spotty - I recommend NewEgg if you are going to buy
>>> online. I have a computer business and we order many of our products
>>> from them. Barebones computers tend to come with really crappy cases.
>>> I like to build computers with the Antec NSK4480B II case - you can
>>> usually find it for under $100 and it has a really nice power supply. I
>>> only buy Asus and Gigabyte motherboards, and WD drives. The new AMD
>>> Athlon II X4 chips start at $99 and are pretty good. They are AM3 but
>>> the AM2+ motherboards are backwards compatible if you want a lower
>>> priced motherboard.
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