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Old 09-01-2009, 04:35 PM   #11
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I've been building my own going on 19 years now.
So you have been building computers since you were 5 years old? wow
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:56 PM   #12
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Definitely build your own.

I've done both; bought pre-built systems when I was younger, but I build them now.
Chris' advice is pretty sound. I started building systems with an XT (what a nightmare that was... learned the hard way about "parking" MFM and RLL hard drives). Building you own can be more expensive if you're buying premium components, but then you get a better system for the price. His advice about making sure components work with one another is important to pay attention to (not just making sure you're using a PCI express card if you have PCI express, but using RAM recommended by the manufacturer).

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So you have been building computers since you were 5 years old? wow
How do you work that out? haha. He's 46 - He's been building since he was 27.
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How do you work that out? haha. He's 46 - He's been building since he was 27.
You're not using one of Microsoft's calculators.

I just plugged it into mine, 46 - 19 = 5.
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