Happy Friday! This week's topic comes from member Paul, who's ready
to take on the challenge of building a PC from the ground up for the first
time. Before diving in head first, he has stopped to ask our
community for advice and would like to know if it's worth it in terms
of cost. He's also wondering what other roadblocks he might run into.
This is quite a popular question that often shows up in the
CNET forums, and you've come to the right place, Paul; our members have
a ton of invaluable knowledge and personal experience to share with you,
ranging from the pros and cons of building, the cost factor, buying
advice, all the way to what specific challenges lie ahead of you.
I have a few self-built rigs under my belt, and I will tell
you that even though you may not save much money by building your
own PC (compared with just buying one that is already built), there is
something to be said about successfully building your own
computer. The first time you fire up that home-built PC, after
spending countless hours tinkering with it, you feel joyful,
accomplished, and proud -- and that feeling is priceless.
So, Paul, and anyone who is ready to take on the challenge of
building your own PC, read and pay attention to our members' advice,
do your homework ahead of time, and hopefully you'll get a good sense
of what to expect. Good luck with your decision, and thank you all for
sharing your thoughts on this topic! Have a safe weekend!
Q: Ready to try my hand at building my own PC, what are your thoughts? I have purchased several PCs over the years, usually by customizing my
computer on the manufacturer's Web site. This can get very costly, and
I don't always get everything I want. I'm wondering if I am better off
building my own PC from the ground up, but I don't know what the
pitfalls might be. I have performed some basic upgrades such as
adding/replacing video cards, power supply, memory, or hard drives, so
I am aware of the precautions of proper handling. I don't want to
purchase incompatible parts or devices, and I don't want to use
technology that is outdated, or on its way out; however, I don't have
an unlimited budget. To be honest, I'm not even sure I know how
detailed I am going to have to be. Considering both cost and
performance, should I buy any of the parts as a combo (such as
motherboard with processor or memory, or case with PSU), or entirely a
la carte? I am strictly a Windows guy, and I frequently use my PC for
some relatively resource-hungry applications, including video editing,
AutoCAD, and Photoshop. I would like to incorporate an SSD for my
system drive, plus room for three or four hard drives. Any feedback or
personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!
Q: Video streaming problems: Who's to blame, ISP or computer?
I'm having a frustrating time watching video on my computer at home.
Whenever I go to watch a videos whether it's on YouTube, news site, or
some other Websites, my videos often gets stuck buffering after only a
few seconds of playing. When it seems like it's ready to go again, it
plays for a while then starts to buffer again. It can take over 5
minutes to get through a 30 second video, and that's after the video
starts playing! Is this an issue with my broadband provider or is it
my computer? How can I tell whose fault is it? Are there tests I can run that
help eliminate common problem areas, so I can nail down the cause of
my frustrations? Are there ways to make things better. Or should I
switch broadband companies? All this stop and go buffering is driving me
a bit loony! Thanks for any help.
· Yes. (Tell us about it) · I tried but failed. (How so?) · No, but I'm considering it. · I've never considered it. (Why not?) · Does rebuilding one count? (Tell us about it.) · The word "build" and I don't belong in the same sentence. (Why?) · I want to, but I'm afraid (Why?)