Building a computer is really simple. I mean... a ten year old could do this. Anyways I found a set of videos on Youtube that pretty much tells you everything you need to know. Stop wasting money on proprietary desktops from big name companies. They lock their BIOS down, use their own parts that are not universal and some systems can't even be fully upgraded. So follow these videos and you will be a computer building master! Thanks goes to PCWizkid @ Youtube.
Also a lot of people think computer parts will break at like the slightest bend or touch, this is not true. There's a lot of flexibility, and in the TigerDirect video he builds the computer with the motherboard laying right on a table. It's like legos really. It's all self explanatory.
I will admit it's a bit frustrating figuring things out from instructions but for the most part everything is labeled, self-explanatory and there's tons of help online if you need while you are building. I do recommend having a laptop or a secondary way of looking stuff up before you build a computer. Just in case you need information at your fingertips.
KSSTUDIOS @ Youtube (Best video series I found)
Chapter 1: Choosing Your Parts #1
Chapter 1: Choosing Your Parts #2
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: Installing The Parts
Chapter 4: Plugging It In
Chapter 5: BIOS Basics
Chapter 6: OS Installation
PCWizkid @ Youtube
Building a PC - Part 1
Building a PC - Part 2
Building a PC - Part 3
TigerDirectBlog @ Youtube
TigerDirectBlog Building a PC
I'll add more as I find useful ones, I had one I watched last night but need to find it again, it was like 6 parts.
Edited, Jul 15th 2010 8:53pm by Excenmille