Haha, man, you need to chill about building a computer! I promise that it isn't near as hard as you have in your head. It'll take you about 2-3 hours to install everything as far as hardware goes, and then installing an OS is easy.
When you buy a retail CPU, all you're going to want to do is gently set that sucker (the CPU
) in the correct position on the socket (you match up two little triangles on the socket and CPU, you don't have to guess or anything, don't worry) and it will slide right in there assuming all pins are straight (always check this before installing a CPU). Then, look at your CPU/motherboard instructions for mounting a heatsink. Usually it involes setting it on the CPU, then pulling a lever or two and locking it in place. Nothing to worry about!
And, yes, if you buy a stinking retail computer (like a Dell) it'll be done for you. But that way, you won't learn! Personally, I love to learn new things that I'm interested in, so that's one reason why I opted for building a computer, so I could learn all about them. I'm only in high school, and I'm looking for a profession in computers (be it Internet Security (even though that's an oxymoron
), maintenance, construction, etc.), so I need to learn all about them. And, I'm very interested in them anyway.