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The Home-Built PC

February 15, 2001|Michael Hiltzik

This chart was inadvertantly dropped from a Feb. 8 Tech Times story on building a personal computer from scratch.

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Major components of a do-it-yourself personal computer and their retail prices:

* Case, motherboard, CPU (AMD Duron 750 MHz): $240

* Memory (128 MB of RAM): $70

* CD-ROM drive (Creative 52x): $50

* Hard drive (Maxtor 30 GB): $130

* Floppy disk drive: $18

* Graphics card: $120

* Sound card (Sound Blaster PCI 512): $70

* Keyboard (Comp USA): $15

* Mouse (Microsoft Optical): $50

* Operating system (Windows 98): $170

* Monitor (Magview 17-inch): $109

* Total: $1,042

Tips from the Web

Many hobbyist Web sites feature step-by-step instructions on assembling a PC, including parts lists, photographs and even component reviews. These are particularly helpful:

* Rick Russell's computer peripherals page on About.com: http://peripherals.about.com/compute/peripherals /library/ref/blbuildathlon.htm. Russell has a companion page about building a Pentium system.

* PC Mechanic: http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/index.htm

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