I would like to build my own computer. I have never built one before. Actually, I don't even know if I'm qualified to even attempt this. I am open to all sorts of advice, opinions, criticism, what have you.
The computer I have now was built for me about 4 years ago and I'm sure the parts in it are older than that. Last week my HD crashed. I'm not sure if it was just coincidence or if it had something to do with my trying to download and install the SP2. I had (at the time) Win XP SP1. This was probably my 3rd time trying, all unsuccessful. The other times, I was able to boot it up in Safe Mode and I would have to uninstall the SP2. This most recent time, I couldn't even get the darn thing to boot up in Safe Mode. The IT guy at my work replaced the HD with an extra one he had on hand. My original HD was 80GB. The replacement one I have in there now is only 40GB. I can't complain though b/c it was free. He also found a key-logging virius and got rid of that. He was able to save my data (my 4,000+ pictures, MyDocuments and my iTunes library). I was smart enough to save my pictures onto a DVD just before my attempt to DL and install SP2. My computer now has AVG (the free version), SpyBot and the windows firewall that came with SP2 (oh, I actually have SP3 now). And I only have 256mb RAM. How sad is that?
But I want a new computer. I was going to go with a Dell Inspiron with barebones and have the IT at work spruce it up for me (I would of course pay him for his time and effects, just as I did with the recent repair). But now I want to look into building one myself. It can't be that hard, can it? I know that you shouldn't put a computer together on carpet! Maybe I need a dose of reality. You tell me. No hard feelings.
Let me tell you what I use my computer for. My husband and I both use it but I'm the primary user. I go online, surf the net, watch tv online (I'm a fan of Grey's, House and more). I also store all our family pictures on the computer. I do not have Adobe Photo Shop Elements yet. I also need to get and EHD (is that even an acurate acronym for external hard drive?) for extra protection for my pictures. I also listen to iTunes. The husband likes to watch football games online (the ones that we don't get on tv). And I think that's it.
I have in my possession a Hitachi 250GB HD still in the box. I bought it a couple years ago with the intentions of my brother-in-law installing it for me but the box gotten put away and forgotten about. 250GB sounds like a lot to me. But as I read about other builds, it seems small. I guess it sounds good enough for me b/c I only have a 40GB HD now. I am thinking of building a computer around this HD. I would also use the CD/DVD burner I currently have. It's a few years old which seems salvable to me.
I leave it to you expert geeks now. What do you think - can I do this myself or am I a lost cause?