This article is UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Full length video of the computer build coming soon!
I finally dove in and built my own computer from the ground up. We needed a new one, and since we needed to stay cheap, I decided to build my own. Bought all the parts on black Friday 2010, put it all together this morning, and amazingly it booted right up. I even got the boys to join in and help install the processor and memory into the motherboard, so they get some geek creds too. Now it's a rip-snortin' 6-core, 3.2GHz, 64-bit Windows 7 Prof powerhouse. Building it myself cut the price in half compared to a similar pre-built machine.
I turned the boxes of parts on the right into the fire-breathing 6-core, 3.2Ghz, 64-bit Windows 7 Professional machine on the left.
Inside the belly of the beast. The kids helped me install the power supply, and install the processor and memory into the motherboard, and I showed them how all the other parts fit into place. The power supply came with way more connections than I need right now, hence the unfortunate pile of wires on the floor of the case.
If you want to build a computer similar to mine, here's the parts list: