I e-mailed you and I got a mailer-daemon reply saying this.domain.not.for.sale or something like that. Is this some kind of joke or am I doing something wrong? Edit: I think it'd be fair to give everyone an update on progress. I have introduction and basics done. I started a running section on terms like bottlenecking and complementarity. Here is the intro beginning of the basics section. Keep in mind that this section is written for complete beginners (children and the elderly) and doesn't represent the mood of the entire guide. Introduction If you break things easily, are illiterate, or don’t have a rudimentary knowledge of electronics, computer building isn’t for you. If you don’t fall into these categories, though, building your own computer can be a cost-efficient and rewarding activity as opposed to purchasing. There are many things to take into consideration before deciding to build a computer. First of all, it sometimes isn’t necessary to build a computer. If you only plan to use Word, Excel, and the Internet, you probably would be best buying an off-the-shelf rig that won’t require as much tweaking and maintenance. Low-end computers are often MORE reasonable from manufacturers like Dell and – my personal favorite – Compaq. If you plan to make a computer capable of playing Half Life 2, though, you’d be best off building your own. I wouldn’t recommend building a computer if you don’t have access to an experienced builder. If you put your clock multiplier to 2x or attach your motherboard with drywall screws, you’re going to need someone to bail you out. Most of you reading this article have access to the fine forums of Bit-Tech anyways. Once you’ve decided that you’ll build a computer, set a few things in stone. What is your budget? What is the purpose of your machine? It’s always bad to get half way done ordering parts and break budget. Basics A computer is an incredibly complex system, but parts manufactures have simplified it a bit for us. The parts a computer needs to work functionally nowadays are consolidated to the following: Central Processing Unit – “CPU” The motor of the computer: The modern personal computer is basically a super-calculator. Every programming function boils down to a set of math problems. Every math problem is solved here. The CPU produces a great amount of heat, so a heatsink is required to diffuse it. Motherboard – “mobo” The motherboard is really only a massive relay board. It passes information from disk drives, I/O, and slot cards to the CPU and back for calculation. The motherboard holds the CPU, RAM, and slot cards. The motherboard also has a small amount of permanent storage on it devoted to the BIOS (basic input-output system), which starts upon boot up, and serves as a miniature operating system. Random Access Memory – “RAM” RAM is the computer’s short-term memory. The RAM can hold a limited amount of information to be quickly accessed by the CPU, GPU, and other slot cards. When the computer is turned off, the RAM loses what it’s storing. Graphics-Processing Unit – “GPU” The graphics-processing unit takes the mathematical equations and turns them into a visual representation on your monitor. The GPU can come as separate slot-loading card, or as part of the motherboard. Slot-loading GPUs, or video cards, are traditionally faster because they are larger and often have their own power source. Disk Drives There are several types of disk drives. Each type consists of a spinning disk read by a laser or magnet. Hard drives are enclosed disk drives with permanent disks that can be read or written upon. The operating system and saved files are stored on the hard drive. CD-ROM drives read swappable CD-ROMs (compact disc read only memory). Floppy drives read and write floppy disks. I/O Devices I/O stands for input/output. Input, such as keyboards and mice allow computer users to interact with the computer. Output devices, such as monitor, printers, and speakers, allow the computer to present visual and audio information to the user. The only I/O device absolutely necessary for a computer to be of any use is a keyboard. Power Supply Unit – “PSU” The PSU filters electricity from the plug to a usable, lower-voltage form. A good power supply is integral to a stable computer. Case The entire computer is placed into a computer case. Common materials for computer cases are aluminum, steel, and Plexiglas. The case will have mountings for the motherboard and slots for 5.25” drives (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM) and 3.5” drives (floppy drives and hard drives). I hope you guys like the direction I'm going. All criticism is welcome and will be appreciated. This is still subject to revision. I know it doesn't flow very well yet (snip-snip) so don't comment on that, just the technical aspects please. After this, I don't plan on updating this guide preview until it is DONE. Moderators, please do not move this into the guide section.