Building your own PC these days probably will not save you any
but it can be an enjoyable, educational and frustrating experience that
will lift you above the realm of a "mere user". Here is some
information, maybe some day I will have added enough to this section
it is a complete stand-alone guide.
This Slashdot article asks if it makes more sense to
build or to buy.
A number of web sites have pages on this topic. Some like Ars
Technica have recommended parts lists.
Why would you want to build your own PC?
These are the reasons you might want to consider building your
rather than buying a pre-built one:
If you are looking for some pre-assembled Linux boxes for some
application some of these
might fit the bill.
- education, while you can read about this in many books or
there is no substitute for actually doing it yourself.
- quality, since you will select the components that fit your
whole you should be able to produce a better quality PC than most you
- expandability, with careful selection of components the PC
will be upgradable in the future. This does not just apply to CPU
and Memory, but also to the ability to easily add additional cards and
drives to your system.
- cost, by building yourself you will not be able to beat an
pre-assembled unit, but you can decide on what cost/performance
best suit your needs. Plus you may be able to leave out some
in the initial purchase, secure in the knowledge that you can add them
- operating system, you get to choose the OS that is best for
a Microsoft product, a free Linux solution or even something more
like BeOS or AmigaOS.
- servicability, did you ever get that sinking feeling when
one day did not reboot? First it was "what's wrong", then it became
much will this cost", and finally "did I loose all my files"? Knowledge
is power, and understanding how to build a PC will help ease these
and keep you sane when the worst finally does happen.
Building a custom rack
mounted server box out of a mini-ITX motherboard and various parts.
Building an enviromentally
friendly PC, discussed here
on Slashdot, this also talks about what some of the special
certifications (RoHS, WEEE, 80 plus) and mentions some lead-free