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Build my own computer: the results page of how a reader used this site's computer building guide to learn how to build a computer. For new do-it-yourselfers it can be a challenge to build own computer - successfully. Learn how someone else did it.

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From Don in the Netherlands:

Hello Kris,

[The computer] is built, and all went quite well. I've started it up and installed Vista, but nothing else yet. But it works! It was, as you said, quite easy in the end.

I did it slowly and double/triple checked most things, but even so it was done over the weekend without a problem. Having now done it, I think I could put another one together before lunch.

I could see it being addictive!

Putting the parts together was relatively straightforward. The only snag we hit (my son & I) was getting the CPU fan aligned properly. We had 3 pins in, then noticed when we turned the board over that one wasn't through.

After struggling (carefully!) for 10 minutes, we loosened the other pins, aligned all the pins and we were away again.

The hardest part, I thought, was the wiring. And here your guide really shined. Most of the other guides ignore it, or just say 'connect all the wires properly'.

So thanks for the details (because the devil really is in those wiring details). There were only two things that threw me, which I'll mention in the way of some positive feedback (if you don't mind).

The first was that my case (Cooler master CM 690) does not have a speaker. I spent quite a long time searching for it however, and only after doing an internet search discovered its non-existence.

Cooler Master should tell you this in the installation guide, but it could be worth mentioning in your guide that some cases don't have speakers (so no speaker connection).

Then again, what I also liked about your guide was its conciseness, and if you start pointing out every exception you'll sacrifice that.

The second has to do with the system fan connections. They puzzled me for quite a time. My case has 3, and all had 3-pin connectors which were attached to adaptors with Molex plugs.

With the adaptor, the wire was fairly long, but without it was quite a short connection. So the back fan is plugged into the Mobo, and the other two (front & side) are connected to the PSU directly.

In case you're interested, what I have is:

  • Core 2 Quad Q8200 - 2,33 GHz, cache L2 4 MB
  • Arctic Freezer Pro 7
  • Cooler Master CM 690 Black Midi Tower
  • Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3P, P45, Socket-775, ATX, GbLAN, DDR3, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16
  • Corsair XMS3 DHX DDR3 1600MHz 2GB CL9/2x 1GB XMS3
  • Cooler Master SilentPro 500w
  • Western Digital CaviarR GreenPower 640GB Sata, 16MB Cache
  • Radeon HD 4670 - PCI-Express 2.0 - 1 GB GDDR3
  • And a Plextor DVD-RW from my old computer.

Anyways, thanks again for the online computer building guide - I consulted it regularly to build my own computer.



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The hardest part of the build, I thought, was the wiring. And here your guide really shines. Most of the other computer build guides ignore it, or just say 'connect all the wires properly'. So thanks for the details!

Donald, Netherlands



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