Build a PC or Laptop

  Rob.H 23:52 03 Feb 08
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Im an absolute beginner, 17, i have no idea about statistics (e.g speeds ect.) but i have wanted to build a PC for a while and building a Laptop really interests me. I just want to know how, and what makes these machines work.

Is it possible to build a DECENT Laptop for under £300?

and

If i was to build a PC what components do i need in my checklist?
General Purpose PC, online flash games, MSN, myspace, Not much else)

Any Response Will Be Appreciated
Rob

  LastChip 00:09 04 Feb 08

"Is it possible to build a DECENT Laptop for under £300?"

No!

It's almost impossible to build one at all. There are specialist sites that supply laptop components, but for all practical purposes, forget it!

If you want to build a computer, stay with a desktop. There are plenty of sites that offer in depth tutorials and no doubt, there's plenty of advice available here.

If you're including a screen in your proposed budget, then it's tight, but possible.

  Totally-braindead 01:21 04 Feb 08

Have to agree with Lastchip it would be impossible to build a laptop. Laptops are not really upgradeable either so for that sort of thing a desktop is better.

And be aware building a desktop from scratch will cost more than a complete built system bought from a manufacturer. This never used to be the case but is now. Building your own costs more.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:13 04 Feb 08

I just want to know how, and what makes these machines work.

building one won't teach you how it works just how it goes together.

Start by getting an old one someone is throwing out and take it apart, put it back together and seeeif it still works.

Sounds as if you are going to be a "tinkerer" search the forum for tinkerer and read the appropriate thrads

To learn how it works you will need degrees in both electronics and computing :0)

  Rob.H 22:38 04 Feb 08

Thanks Alot.

The whole point of me building my own really was because i thought it would be cheaper, as i have found it turns out not to be the case, as you said.

What about these smaller towers that ive seen around, can you build them?

would it be cheaper than buying one?

Thanks.
Rob

  LastChip 23:20 04 Feb 08

But if finance is the motivation, as Totally-braindead said, it's cheaper to buy a pre-built machine. click here for one such example that includes a screen.

  Rob.H 23:32 04 Feb 08

Thanks Alot, Much Appreciated.
Rob

  Totally-braindead 23:46 04 Feb 08

Building your own can be fun.

I certainly enjoy it.

I was not trying to put you off the idea but just make it clear that if saving money is your motivation building a PC is not cheaper than a ready built PC. It used to be but isn't now.

  MCE2K5 23:50 04 Feb 08

'Build Your Own Laptop - An Impractical Guide to Building a Laptop Computer', click here

  MCE2K5 23:56 04 Feb 08

'The whole point of me building my own really was because i thought it would be cheaper, as i have found it turns out not to be the case, as you said'.

I priced parts for a home build last night, Total = £1220.00

Today I priced a shop pc Same standard £935.00, saved £286.00 Plus if owt goes wrong, 12 month Guarantee, Back to the shop.

  Amberlodge 23:22 07 Feb 08

The main reason we build our own desktop computers is because we want a particular specification that is not available off the shelf.

My suggestion is to buy a Dell as they allow you to customise to a certain degree.

Paul

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