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- Friday, May 31st, 2002 Like Share






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MRoby Jun 8, 02
On the memory side, if you use a P4 processor with a 533 Mhz FSB, remember that Intel state to use PC800-40 RAM and not PC800-45.

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Justin_R Jun 11, 02
Here's some random advice from someone you have no reason to listen to:

1) Buy name brand parts. Especially for things like memory and motherboards. Even for banal things like modems or keyboards, you're better off sticking with a reputable manufacturer. For example, check the company's website and make sure they have drivers available, etc.

2) Price things online, then go to a local computer show. Use a site like neoseeker or pricewatch to find the best price for the components you want, and then see if the local vendors at a computer show have comparable prices. I've found that buying at shows I'll spend an extra $5-10 dollars per component, but I get "instant" delivery, and the satisfaction of knowing I have a local vendor to complain to if something goes wrong. I find this preferable to dishing out $100 in shipping to six different online vendors, but if no one local has what you want, then by all means order online.

3) Don't skimp on a case. Cases can easily outlast any component in your computer, and they're "always there", even when your computer's off. Get a quality one that looks nice and feel good about it.

4) Don't forget accessories. Does your PSU have enough power taps to supply all your devices? Do you need a USB hub, or an adapter for USB ports on your motherboard? Do you have sufficient cooling and air circulation? Do you want one of those sassy "Linux inside" case badges?

5) Use new drivers the first time you install the OS. Leave the driver disks that came with your components in their sleeves and use a friend's computer to download all the latest drivers, motherboard BIOS, etc. for your new machine, then burn them to a CD. Load the new BIOS before you do anything else, and as soon as you get your OS installed, copy your new drivers to a folder on your hard drive.

Okay, well those are the things I wish someone had told me about building your own computer.
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Rikk May 27, 05
When screwing the Motherboard to the case, should I use washers between the screw and the motherboard, or does the screw need to contact the motherboard to help ground it?
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