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Building a computer is the best way to get the perfect machine for your needs. We’ve shown you the basic steps before, as well as tips on beefing up your setup, but there are certain things most of us learn after screwing up and wasting a lot of time. Here are a few things you can learn from veterans’ mistakes.
Building a hackintosh — that is, installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware — used to require extremely restricted hardware choices and quite a bit of know-how. Now your options are vast and the installation process is fairly simple. With that in mind, this is our complete guide to building a hackintosh that will walk you through purchasing compatible parts, building your machine and installing OS X all on your own.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m in the market for a new computer. My friend says it’s cheaper to build one myself, but it looks like I can get a cheaper computer from Dell or Asus. I’m not afraid of building, but I’d rather not spend extra if I don’t have to. Which will actually save me money?
The hardest part of building a computer is picking your parts, and RAM speed can be a little confusing. Does it actually matter? How does it affect the speed of your PC? Linus from Linus Tech Tips breaks it down for us in video form.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m building my first computer using your guide, and I’ve been asking around on forums for help on picking the parts. I was using an AMD processor, but everyone keeps telling me Intel is better. Should I listen, or are they just fanboys? Does brand matter?