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To build or not to build?

            Deciding to build a personal computer is a big step .
             to take and should not be ventured into lightly.
             deal of patience is involved in performing this task .
             because everything doesn't always flow as smoothly as one .
             would like it to flow. Therefore, an individual with very .
             little patience should seriously consider buying a .
             complete system that is already together. So, if you .
             choose to build one and you think you have the patience .
             to do it, there are a few things you must consider. The .
             first step in the process would be to figure out how much .
             money you want to spend. Decently priced generic as well .
             as outrageously priced name brands components can be .
             found just about everywhere. The next step is to figure .
             out how the computer will be used: business, pleasure or .
             entertainment. How much you want to spend and what you .
             will do with the computer will help decide if you get the .
             Pinto, Cadillac, or Rolls Royce of computers. The next .
             step in the process is to understand just what everything .
             is and what it is supposed to be doing within the .
             confines of the unit. The following sections are designed .
             to give you a brief overview of that information. .
             When discussing a computer's inner workings, the .
             best place to start is the motherboard. Every board or .
             device is either directly or indirectly connected to the .
             motherboard (MB) through slots or sockets. The first .
             consideration when choosing a motherboard is the physical .
             size of the board or the form factor. (This decision will .
             also help decide which case to choose.) Currently there .
             are two types of form factors available to everyone. They .
             are the Baby AT and the ATX. The Baby AT was first .
             introduced by IBM as a full AT that was rather large in .
             size. Over the years, as chip sets and parts have reduced .
             in physical size, companies have shortened the board to .
             reduce the costs. The other form factor is the ATX and .
             was introduced to reduce cable clutter, improve airflow .

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