Hey guys! I am trying to convince my parents that building a PC isn't that hard. I am relatively young and they (so do I, but i think i can do it) think I might break parts and other reasons. Can you put advice, recall the first time you built a PC, etc. I will use some of the reasons you guys give me. Thanks!
I was 12 when I first built my first PC. My others friends who've built systems range from ages of 11-38. So basically children, teens, adults and even the elderly all meet the requirements for learning how to build a PC. Really, it's quite simple, and should only take 3 hours on your first build.
comic sans makes me question the seriousness of this thread...
the easiest thing to messup is the CPU and its pins. Although, even doing that is rather hard, and is quite fixable, if you have time.
hell, let me tell you a story.
last year i decided i was going to be a computer for halloween (yeah, stupid idea id hindsight) anyways, i wore an old motherboard on my chest with a PSU hanging by its connections (about 20 small-ish wires) and i could plug in and run. So you know, static isn't an issue. I have also been running a case-less computer on my desk's top and i've had no issues.
Computer internals are surprisingly strong, and the only real confusion would be what PCI slot to put a GPU into, although anyone can figure that out.
really, its like a expensive 9 piece puzzle...
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Proud member of the MCF AWA war of '13! if someone suggests Alienware or Cyberpower, wait for a custom-built list from someone who knows their stuff. Meh Rig
Just a few don'ts here:
Don't build on a carpet, ground yourself on a hardware floor or tile or laminate.
Don't go touching stuff that you don't need to. human oils + computer hardware = bad
Don't work on the computer while it is on.
Don't overclock if you do not know what you are doing.
Don't stick your fingers in a fan.
Don't over tighten screws.
Make sure power cables, front panel headers, sata cables are fully plugged in.
Make sure your ram is installed all the way. ( my friend couldn't figure out what was wrong with his build, turned out he didn't put the ram in all the way )
Make sure no cpu pins are bent.
Make sure to stress test if you are overclocking.
And of course, make sure to do cable management!
My parents know I am a computer enthusiast and know I can handle myself so when I feel a desktop is necessary for me, I won't have this problem But if your parents are that concerned, strike a deal with them that you pay for the parts and they pay like a $50 fee at a computer hardware store for them to build it otherwise you should be able to built it on your own with no fees :P.