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Published on August 8th, 2011 | by Dan


>Lifehacker’s Guide to Building a PC

>So I know we are a PC website and all that, but I know that building your own system can be very intimidating at first. Some people settle for some Dell or HP premade thing with no flexibility and some cut rate components.

You don’t need to, as many of you already know. For those who are new, or curious, Lifehacker, which is an excellent tech/lifestyle site, put together a basics guide for building a PC. There is a downloadable PDF and video guides.
I highly encourage you to check it if you are new, or if you have a friend who you need to get in on this PC gaming stuff: Lifehacker’s Guide
It helps demystify the process in the most basic ways. Highly helpful guide from a site that I have trusted for a while.

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3 Responses to >Lifehacker’s Guide to Building a PC

  1. chaosking says:

    >Way to post this like a week after I build my pc haha. Its ok though, my system turned out awesome.

  2. Peeble says:

    >This is a really dumbed down guide. I'll take a look at just part 2:

    He discusses the RAM speed for overclocking when that's not necessary for the new Intel k chips and AMD Black Edition CPUs. You can also adjust your FSB so you don't affect your RAM speed or only do so marginally.

    He says only some IGPs can play HD video when all modern IGPs can easily handle HD video.

    Hand in hand with that last part, he fails to acknowledge that not all Intel mobos can make use of the IGP in their CPUs.

    He fails to distinguish between SATA II and SATA III and why it matters, particularly in relation to SSDs.

    He glosses over PCI-e slots and fails to discuss PCI-e 2.0 vs. 2.1 vs. 3.0.

    He addresses RAM speed, but ignores latency when the two are interrelated when it actually comes to how the RAM performs.

    He fails to mention RAM voltage, something that is important to take note of since AMD likes higher voltage DDR3 and Intel is better with lower voltages.

    He perpetuates the myth that Nvidia has better Linux support. They're about equal now, though I have heard more and more Linux nerds pushing for AMD because AMD is making their drivers open.

    He treats the HDD RPMs as if they're the only thing that matters. Number of platters, platter density, and cache are all important in determining the speed of the drive. That's why some 7200RPM drives are better than 10k drives.

    The most egregious one so far, he perpetuates the idea that a SATA III HDD is better than a SATA II HDD by the way he phrases his comment on HDD speed when an HDD cannot saturate SATA II. Additionally, SATA is forwards and backwards compatible, so it doesn't matter.

    On the PSU he treats the wattage and efficiency like it's the only thing that matters when amps on the 12v rail, number of rails, etc. all are important. He also fails to discuss the importance of making sure that the PSU has the right connectors for your components, for example, enough PCI-e power cables.

    He includes FSP in the quality manufacturers list. Yes, FSP has some good units, but they have some horrible ones too. They tend to be a middle of the road manufacturer. There's also no mention of XFX in the quality PSU list.

  3. Gibbz says:

    >I love you man! This guide is amazing. I almost bought a pre-built CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXi220 from Now I know better and can build my own. Thanks NipNops.



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