Well, I'm sure this has been posted many times before, but surprisingly enough a search for "building computer advice" turns out only thirteen posts, (I expected at least a hundred on a site like this lol) however they don't seem to have what I wish to know.
I'm doing long term research on hardware, trying to understand how it all goes together so when I scrape my meager budget together (will take at least half a year) I can be very informed on building my own pc. Naturally I have google, but google doesn't tell me what the best websites are in the eyes of those "in the know", and that's what I want.
Where should I go to learn?
I've read this: http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/build/
and found this place: http://www.sharkyextreme.com/
and they seem good. I found something involving a cardboard box, duct tape, and a rabbit but that's not exactly what I'm looking for.
What are the usual sites for research and purchasing parts? I know there's ebay, and something about an egg. What's the egg I'm remembering hearing about?
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Oh yeah, and I see by a poll in this section that most people prefer AMD processors. However, the first article I've read (well, am reading as I've only covered the parts section, that's all I'm researching this week) said that AMD lists speeds as what it deems is "comparable" to a Pentium, however the actual speed isn't as fast. The example I wrote down was that the 2200+ processor runs at 1.8 GHz (I'm assuming they are implying that a Pentium 2200+ runs at 2.2 GHz).
Now a part of me says the listed speed of the Pentium is more reliable, however a part of me says that I've always heard good things from techies about AMD, so maybe it runs slower because it doesn't need
to run as fast. That's just my newbie fumbling logic though, can someone explain to me why AMD is preferred?
I'm a little scared to ask that, I remember when I hung out on aquarium forums and a newbie would ask "Should I use charcoal or other media" the flame wars that would happen...
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Ah, I remember. New egg was the egg I was thinking of. I think. Off to look.