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Build Your Own PC

Why would you ever consider building your own PC? Two words – Windows XP. If you did not wish to be forced by Microsoft to buy a new system with Windows Vista, then transforming your old PC into a new one permits you to continue using your Windows XP.

Most people do not need a high performance PC. If your PC works well for you, then there is no rush to upgrade it for something that's newer, faster, or fancier. New PCs perform much better than old PCs. When new PCs run Windows Vista, they slow down to the speed of older XP PCs. Windows Vista runs many more programs in the background than does XP. Consequently Vista requires a much more powerful PC to duplicate the performance of a Windows XP PC.

As a Nerd it is important to have a killer PC. Computer games stretch PC capabilities to their utmost limits. Solitaire, which in no way stresses any PC, is my only game. However, when I need to use a computer I must do a lot of work in a short period of time so I need a very responsive PC. Gaming systems are typically very responsive.

My newly built PC runs Windows XP because there is no need to move to Windows Vista quite yet. The components in it are AMD Phenom 2.5 GHz quad core CPU chip – this has four CPUs on one chip, a huge (3-inch tall) CPU heat sink with a big fan, an MSI K982 platinum motherboard which can speed up (over-clock) the chip to 3.0 GHz, four gigabytes of RAM, three PCI express Nvidia Graphics Cards, three terabytes of disk storage, an Antec Nine Hundred Mid-tower chassis with several large fans, an 850 Watt Power Supply and three 1980 by 1200 wide screen monitors. Is this an outrageous system? Most assuredly! This may not mean much to you but this system would make any teenage gamer just drool!

Upgrades increasing PC speed and capacities work with your old familiar Windows XP without causing any problems. The easiest upgrade is increase RAM to 2 GB. The second easy upgrade is increasing fixed disk speed and capacity. Newer fixed disks are faster with much larger capacities. These upgrades are not too expensive. Memory costs about $150 or less and a fixed disk drive with your XP and data transferred to it runs around $250.

When you build a new system you buy a new chassis (PC box) with power supply, boxed CPU, motherboard, video card (optional) and RAM. You can save money by cannibalizing the disk drive, CD ROM, DVD, Floppy, keyboard, mouse, and monitor from your old PC. Hardware cost can run from $200 to $800 depending upon the parts replaced and $200 labor to assemble.

Keeping XP can be tricky. XP must accept the new system as though it were the old system. Too many changes require Windows XP reinstallation and potentially a new XP product key. Software does not wear out. It just needs upgrades so it does not get obsolete. But software needs cleaning just like our attics and garages. Reinstalling Windows XP with your data makes your PC like a brand new system.

Building a new system takes research to find the correct components that fit your budget. Then the assembly and making Windows XP run on it like a new system. Oh yes, the drooling teenage gamer PC cost about the same as a top of the line refrigerator to build.


Link to pcmech.com: "Build Your Own PC"

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