Desktops forum: Ready to try my hand at building my own PC, what are your thoughts?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 17, 2012 4:19 PM PDT

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Ready to try my hand at building my own PC, what are your thoughts?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/17/12 4:19 PM

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Ready to try my hand at building my own PC, what are your thoughts?

I have purchased several PCs over the years, usually by customizing my
computer on the manufacturer's Web site. This can get very costly, and
I don't always get everything I want. I'm wondering if I am better off
building my own PC from the ground up, but I don't know what the
pitfalls might be. I have performed some basic upgrades such as
adding/replacing video cards, power supply, memory, or hard drives, so
I am aware of the precautions of proper handling. I don't want to
purchase incompatible parts or devices, and I don't want to use
technology that is outdated, or on its way out; however, I don't have
an unlimited budget. To be honest, I'm not even sure I know how
detailed I am going to have to be. Considering both cost and
performance, should I buy any of the parts as a combo (such as
motherboard with processor or memory, or case with PSU), or entirely a
la carte? I am strictly a Windows guy, and I frequently use my PC for
some relatively resource-hungry applications, including video editing,
AutoCAD, and Photoshop. I would like to incorporate an SSD for my
system drive, plus room for three or four hard drives. Any feedback or
personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

-- Submitted by: Paul M. of Los Angeles, CA

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