What are the best resources for learning how to build a computer?

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    #1Learn How to Build a Computer

    Learn How to Build a Computer
    This course is useful if you want to determine which parts to buy, put together all the parts that make up your PC, install a Windows operating system, install anti-virus software, test your built computer to see if it's running at optimal temperatures, and troubleshoot your build in case something didn't go right on the first try.
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    $10

    Johnny Tran
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "I would love to learn which partsI need, the features to look for, where to buy them, process of building it. I think that building a computer is fun, it's fun being able to choose all of the parts that will go into your machine."
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    #2[TUTORIAL] How to Build a Computer from Scratch: Complete Blueprint

    [TUTORIAL] How to Build a Computer from Scratch: Complete Blueprint
    This course will teach you everything you need to create your own custom built computer. You'll gain the ability to confidently shop for computer components and understand how computer hardware works. Plus, it explains how to install an operating system and how to troubleshoot for certain computer issues.
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    $10

    Jorge Luis Carrera
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "This Udemy tutorial is all I needed to build my new desktop PC from the ground up. It helped me to figure out exactly what I needed to do, and even a very un-savvy tech person could learn!"
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    #3[TUTORIAL] How To Build a Computer: A Beginner's Guide

    [TUTORIAL] How To Build a Computer: A Beginner's Guide
    A course that teaches you everything you need to know to build your own computer, from the basic terminology to the actual steps for putting it together.
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    $10

    Jonathan Reed
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "This really wasn't all that helpful especially since I had to pay for it. I found it was better to just search on Google for step by step articles and youtube videos that were all free."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the first ever mouse, invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964, was made of wood? The term “computer” was first recorded as being used in 1613, originally as a term for people who performed calculations or computations. This definition was retained until the end of the 19th century when the industrial revolution brought about machines whose main purpose was calculating. In 1822, polymath and inventor Charles Babbage conceptualized and began working on the Difference Engine, considered by many to be the first automatic computing machine. But due to lack of funding and support, the engine was never finished and developed completely. 15 years later, in 1837, Babbage proposed the first general-purpose computing machine named the Analytical Engine. It contained an integrated memory, punch cards, basic flow control, and an Arithmetic Logic unit. Again, due to lack of funding, the computer was never finished. Nevertheless, his youngest son, Henry Babbage, completed a portion of the machine and was able to perform basic calculations and computations. The Analytical Engine, despite not seeing completion, was the first machine that deserved to be called a computer.

The Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, or simply EDSAC, was constructed by Maurice Wilkes and his team at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England. In 1952, Sandy Douglas developed OXO, a version of tic-tac-toe for the EDSAC, and was seen by many as the world’s first video game on a computer.

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    #4Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

    Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

    Learn to build a customized computer for your needs with this easy and thorough step-by-step guide. This book contemplates the tools you need, the operating systems you should choose and how to install CD and DVD drives. You'll also learn to set up and configure your hard drive, some tips for securing your system, and more.

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    Edward Morrison
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Building a PC is insanely easy and buying a book just to learn how is highly questionable. You can easily just find the many guides online and learn how to do it yourself. "
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    #5[TUTORIAL] How to Build a Computer

    [TUTORIAL] How to Build a Computer
    How to Build a Computer: A Step by Step Guide to Your First Homebuilt by Jacob Beckerman is a book that explains how to assemble a PC. It contemplates each step in detail, from what components to choose and how to put them all together, to how to perform proper maintenance.
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    Ricardo Venegas
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "This book was very helpful in teaching me how to build my own computer. I had never built a computer before and it made things very clear and easy. This is a great guide that really helped me out."
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    #6Beginners Guide: How to Build a Computer

    Beginners Guide: How to Build a Computer
    A step-by-step guide on how to build a computer, including everything you need to do. It also includes some of the hiccups you might encounter along the way and how to solve these problems.
    Videos

    Free

    Justin Aguilar
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "Loved it. It was pretty followable and functional in a way I don't think most other guides are. It's simple and, more than anything, it stuck to basic English and basic explanations of what computer parts go where and when and for what reasons manuals need to be consulted."
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    #7[TUTORIAL] How to Build a Gaming PC by Frank Passalacqua

    [TUTORIAL] How to Build a Gaming PC by Frank Passalacqua
    A how-to guide by Frank Passalacqua that explains each and every step you need to follow and every part that is required to build your own computer.
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    Free

    Kyle Brewer
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "Video has nearly a million views and a good amount of thumbs up in comparison to thumbs down so there must be a decent amount of credibility. Speaker in video seems to know what he's talking about. He breaks the building process into an easily digestible language so most people can understand it. "
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    #8Build Your Own Gaming PC

    Build Your Own Gaming PC
    Build Your Own Gaming PC: The step-by-step manual to building the ultimate computer is a book by Russell Barnes that explains how to build the perfect computer for your needs and your budget.
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    Larry Campbell
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "It's a great book for beginners who want to learn how to start from scratch building a computer. The manual includes step-by-step instructions and I found it very easy to follow. I set out to build a cheaper gaming PC and I didn't want to take too much time out of my life doing it, and this book was a great resource for that. The company that makes this is also the same one that has done the famous Haynes car repair manuals, so you know you're getting thorough instruction. I learned a lot from this book."
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    #9[TUTORIAL] How to Build a Gaming PC by Austin Evans

    [TUTORIAL] How to Build a Gaming PC by Austin Evans
    A video by Austin Evans that easily explains how to put together a PC by yourself. Check it out and learn quick tips and the steps you need to follow to build your own computer.
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    Nathan Chen
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "If you want a video example of how to build a gaming PC, i would recommend the video by Austin Evans. He states the important parts of a gaming PC and even talks about how to set it together. I would like if he included trouble shooting solutions but maybe in a follow up video those concerns will be addressed."
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