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Old 09-18-2009, 04:33 PM   #1
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OK I am 13 really interested in computers I want to learn everything about computers ex. mother boards, ram, circuitry, programming etc.
what is a good place to start?
also can I build like a small project relating to pcs?
like a small usb or anything pretaining to a computer?
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
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OK I am 13 really interested in computers I want to learn everything about computers ex. mother boards, ram, circuitry, programming etc.
what is a good place to start?
also can I build like a small project relating to pcs?
like a small usb or anything pretaining to a computer?
Haha I'm 14 we're on the same page.
Well if you got about $300 laying around you can build a cheap-o computer for the experience.
Or for $900 an awesome sexy beast
Haha it will be harder to build anything pertaining to a computer (USB, Speakers, Monitor) then just putting a computer together. Idk why it is easier to build the most complicate and powerful out of them, but it just is
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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just do your research. this is always a good place, its where i learned how to build mine.

i built a 350 dollar computer for my dad and a 600 dollar one for me. i have lots of fun with them - they are also a great way to get a job at a local computer repair shop, etc.

like i said, just do your research. google is your friend. dont rush into it, and you will be fine
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:53 PM   #4
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just do your research. this is always a good place, its where i learned how to build mine.

i built a 350 dollar computer for my dad and a 600 dollar one for me. i have lots of fun with them - they are also a great way to get a job at a local computer repair shop, etc.

like i said, just do your research. google is your friend. dont rush into it, and you will be fine
If I was you, go to local schools, high schools anything with lots and lots of computers.
Ask if they have a beater or a junker they can give to you.
That's what I did and my Dad used to use it until I started learning on it (Sure it don't work, but I learned lots )
Then once you learn what you wanna learn, you can build your own
Also look around at local computer stores, I got lucky and found that the CompUsa 20 minutes from my house had a Build-Your-Own-PC seminar which showed you the basics to building and what to watch for...
Those are some things you can do, here's another good FREE thing to do.
You are on a computer site you know
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DO you guys think I could build one?
I mean if I spend the money work hard, spend time on it how long would it take me?
and can I just build a normal pc for around 250?

currently I have a slow laptop celeron can I upgrade the processor?
like to a core 2 quad?
is that a hard job?
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DO you guys think I could build one?
I mean if I spend the money work hard, spend time on it how long would it take me?
and can I just build a normal pc for around 250?

currently I have a slow laptop celeron can I upgrade the processor?
like to a core 2 quad?
is that a hard job?
Yeah can build one of course you can.
Unless you are the type that does stuff his own way, has no patience, is violent to computer parts and is just dumb
You can probably build a crappy computer for $250, just save up for a good one that you keep for a while.
Those $250 computers have to be replaced very often if you want any even average performance.
A good $900 rig will last you 7 years before it finally just shuts down.
You can't upgrade a processor on a laptop sadly
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If you really don't know anything yet, but have desire to learn, I think you should start out with old junker systems like has been stated. That's exactly how I started. I wish I could have gotten into it at 13, but I started at 15. I was given an old system to use for myself. And then I decided to open it up and play with it and killed it somehow. So I started asking around for more parts and just started getting tons of parts. I just started getting old systems for free, some dead, some working. I would just play with them and try to get them to work. I've killed plenty of parts, but hey, it was a free P1/P2 system so no worries. That's really how you should start out. You get to experiment on a ton of different stuff without the worries of messing up a nice $1000+ system. Granted you don't get experience on newer stuff then, but you move up gradually once you feel comfortable in working with components. You can ask lots of questions here, most people have dealt with the problem you may be having. I had half of the attic for my computer room when I was still at home. I got rid of it all just before I left for college this fall, there was a ton of stuff I had. I'm going to college for computer maintenance and networking.
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I got started with computers by going to a vo-tech school in high school. I took pc repair, intro to networking and electronics. (did a lot of soldering) After I graduated I ended up getting a job at my highschool reparing pcs, networking and a ton of other stuff. I got to train interns how to fix computers, run cat5 cable..etc. Three years later and I'm now a computer support specialist at a high-end private school.

When you get to high school see if they offer any vo-tech classes like mine did.
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Personally, i started learning a couple months ago. first i read tutorials on how to build a computer, then i read up on each individual part. after countless hours of reading and internet searches, i felt i had enough knowledge to build a system. the result is in my sig . if your unsure about something look it up before you do anything. good luck.
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If u want, you can visit my site www.gamputer.com.

The design is plain, but I assure you once you are done reading the content, you will be pretty good about knowing a good gamputer from another (or if a computer is for gaming at all).

In general, the most important components of a PC are

Motherboard-All the hardware components are added here.

CPU-The Intelligence of your PC, the performance speed of processors determines the speed and ability of your computer to take care of tasks (eg, games!!).

RAM-Short Term memory of your PC, need for storing short term data (eg, website, games). Good RAM and CPU=Your PC can have many applications open at once smoothly (eg, 30-40 websites with movie player, microsoft word, photoshop...you get the point).

GPU-Communication skills of your PC. Good GPU is a must for gaming computers. No matter how good your CPU and RAM is, without a good GPU the PC won't even be able to run the game (If it is below the game's requirements).

HDD-Long term memory (stores files etc) decent speed is necessary so that the computer's performance speed is enhanced in general.
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