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08-03-2003, 04:15 PM
i'm thinking of building a pc but i'm a bit concerned of assembling the components.Is it better for me to let a professional assemble it and how much would that cost or is there any useful guides on the net that would show me?

08-03-2003, 05:21 PM
There are several excellent sites you can go which have guides on how to build a PC - www.hardwarezone.com, www.tomshardware.com & www.anandtech.com There are lots of reviews too.

08-03-2003, 05:23 PM
it is always best to let the professional do it!!!! BUT, you could give the professional the components and go along with him/her and help and watch him/her put the PC together that way ur a being supervised by someone who nows what they are doing, so u cant go wrong!!!!

Murray P
08-03-2003, 05:27 PM
Hi Boosted

Building your own cmputer can be/is lots of fun and a great way to learn. It can also be a great way to get into deep doodoo if you don't have some knowledge of hardware and software.

Are you planning on keeping some of you existing components? Whats your reason for wanting to build your own?

Have a look at for eg, http://www.qmb.co.nz or http://www.oem.co.nz they have easy to use upgrade box and full system builder wizards that let you pick and choose different components and add up the $$. Both are pretty easy on the pocket and will assemble for you for a very reasonable fee (I think around $40-50). Don't know if they would be happy to put in your older bits as well (if your keeping some) but you can only ask.


Murray P

Jen C
08-03-2003, 06:13 PM
Hi Boosted

The fact that you are contemplating building a PC yourself indicates that you have some hardware knowledge and are willing to give it a go! :-)

The best fun is choosing the components you want - look up reviews on your shortlisted components to ensure you are getting a good product.

Do some reading first so that you know what to expect, and choose a motherboard that comes with a comprehensive and clear manual.

How to build a personal computer (http://www.microproject.co.uk/contents.html) may be of assistance.

If you buy most of your components from a local shop, see whether they will give assistance if you get stuck. Another option is to have them assemble it, which doesn't cost that much (you could even ask to watch).

I just built my first PC a couple of days ago, and it wasn't that difficult if you take care and follow the instructions. It was a great learning experience. I now have much more confidence when diving into the innards of my PC.

Overall, if you have been into your case previously to add RAM or hard drives, you should be fine to tackle the whole system.


08-03-2003, 09:09 PM
http://www.pp.co.nz has an EXCELLENT "PC Wizard". You can choose exactly what parts you want in your new computer, and you can choose whether you want them to assemble it, or if you want to do it yourself (save yourself $40).

Try to find a friend (or a friend's friend) who is reasonably experienced to give you a hand, if you want to put a PC together yourself. If you know what you're doing, go ahead, have fun, but remember that it's all at your own risk.