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everything you need to know about building your own PC

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Build Your Own Computer!

Build Your Own Computer!What you need to know.

Hard Drives

Back to Hardware MenuIDE or SATA?Refurbished?How large do I need?80 gbSurfing/Word160 gbPhotos250 gbMusic files500 gb-1 tbMoviesHow MANY do I need?Redundancy is key!Internal or external?RAID solutionsComputer Case

Back to Hardware MenuMake sure your case fits your motherboard!ATX, 12 x 9.6Mini-ATX, 11.2 x 8.2Micro-ATX, 9.6 x 9.6Does it come with a power supply?How much power?http://www.journeysystems.com/?power_supply_calculatorHow many molex and how many SATA connectors does the power supply have?Does it come with case fans?What size?Inflow and outflow!

Molex PowerSATA Power

MotherboardBack to Hardware MenuWhat form factor?ATX?Mini-ATX?Micro-ATX?What socket size?Intel?1366 i7775AMD?AM2AM3Maximum RAM?SATA & IDE?Expansion slots?PCIPCIEAGPOnboard Video?CPU/HEATSINK

Back to Hardware MenuIntel or AMD processor?How many gigahertz?Dual Core or Quad Core?Heatsink included, or purchase separately?Do you want to overclock?RAM/Memory

Back to Hardware MenuHow many slots in the motherboard?Whats the maximum per slot?How much do you really need???DDR2 or DDR3?Optical Drives

Back to Hardware MenuDVD-RWReads and writes CDs and DVDs$25SATA or IDE?Blu-ray burner$180SATAHardware youll needWhere to buy?http://www.newegg.comhttp://www.geeks.comhttp://www.tigerdirect.comhttp://www.ebay.com

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