Re: Its time to start learning hardware...
I'd agree with the others really.
Personally I'd do this:
1. (Get an anti-static wristband, so you can be grounded while holding sensitive components) Build your own PC, or get an old cheap (working) machine, strip it down, and put it back together. When you're reasonable competent, build one for a friend too, the more practice the better.
2. Get a hold of another PC and a network switch. Have a play with those and network them together etc.
3. Study the CompTIA A+ material, or at least do practical stuff based around it.
4. Ask if you can volunteer at a local computer shop! That's what I did and the lessons were very valuable.
5. Reinstall the OS a couple of times.
6. Get some disk cloning software and have a go at cloning one hard drive to another.
7. If you know someone throwing out a PC because it's not working, take it home and see if you can work out the problem, if you have any questions feel free to post them on the forum so we can help you help yourself!
8. Look up and learn how to host a website, put it into practice!
There are loads more, and this is by no means a comprehensive list, but day to day computer issues such as the occasionally blue screen of death, reboot loops etc can be easily solved when you know how!
Athlon II x4 645 || 1TB 7200rpm HDD || EVGA GTX 650Ti OC || 8GB DDR3 RAM || Windows 7 Home x64
i5 4210M || 500GB Samsung EVO 850 SSD || GeForce 825M || 16GB DDR3 RAM || Windows 10 x64