I built a new PC from parts for the first time a few months ago, and it’s only a little embarrassing to say that the fully-assembled system is one of my proudest accomplishments. I finally got around to writing up the process over at Lifehacker this morning.
I know, I know, building your own PC is sooo 2001, but I’m here to assure you: it’s never to late. My final system cost about 800 bucks (not including stuff I already owned, like a licensed copy of Windows, which jacks up the price a whole lot if you have to buy it). It’s got an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 3.16GHz with 4GB of RAM, about 500GB of hard drive space, and a fancy video card I am surely not using to full capacity.
If you’ve never built your own PC but are curious, check out my full article: The First-Timer’s Guide to Building a Computer from Scratch. If you’ve built dozens of your own computers over the years, you can just point and laugh at one newbie’s overdue revelation. Either way is ok with me.