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How to Build A Computer

A Step by Step Beginner's Guide on Building a custom PC.

We make it easy with a detailed instructional guide.

No prior computer experience necessary.

Go from intimidation to fun!

Pictorial guide to give you an overview of every major step in the process.

Use the information to start your own customer computer business.

104 page guide written in plain English that is designed to be easy to read.

Bonus software included to help you get started (scroll below).



Have you ever thought about building your own computer? Actually buying a motherboard and a case ­ along with all the supporting components and assembling the whole thing yourself?  Are you tired of going into your local big box store and finding out that the store bought off the shelf computers are either of very poor quality or very expensive?  The only solution is to buy the components you want and put it together yourself.

Here are three reasons why you might want to consider taking the plunge:

1. You will be able to create a custom machine that exactly matches your needs.  No more settling for what some company thinks you want.

2. It will be much easier to upgrade your machine in the future because you will understand it completely.  The process will also help you understand how to troubleshoot it and fix it later.  No more waiting on the phone for tech support in India

3. You may be able to save some money.  Spend the money on what components are important to you, and don't spend any on components that are not.

And, if you have never done it before, you will definitely learn a lot about computers.  But if you haven't done it before, the biggest question is where to start.  You need to know how to pick out the right components so that everything is compatible, and you want to make sure you buy everything you need.

In this 104 page guide, with step by step instructions, with color pictures, we'll take you through the entire process of building a computer.

You'll learn how to choose the parts you will use, how to buy them and how to put them all together. When you're done, you will have exactly the machine that you need.  This guide will arrive to you on a CD-ROM, in PDF format.  This guide consists of the following topics:

Introduction and Game Plan
Choosing the parts
The Heart of your PC
The Secondary Parts
Accessories and Peripherals
Buying your parts
Building your System
Preparation and Safety
Tools you need
System Build
CPU, Motherboard and RAM
Motherboard and Power Supply into the case
Installing the Video Card
Installing the drives
Expansions and other accessories
Power it up
Choosing the Operating System
Installing Linux
Installing Windows
Additional Software Needs
Updates and Security
Optimizing and Overclocking
Wrap up

Will this guide make you a computer expert?  No, of course, not.  But what this step by step instructional guide is intended to do is to set you down the path of being able to confidently buy the parts for your own computer and teach you how you need to assemble them properly.  If you have never built a computer before, but are up for the challenge, this guide is a must have starting point for any new computer builder.

Once you finish building your new computer, the first thing you will need is some software! 

We are also including the below software FREE on this CD-ROM that this guide will arrive on.



(Gnu-Cash is included for Windows only)

Built as an alternative to Microsoft Money and Intuit's high dollar Quicken Suite, GnuCash is personal and small business financial accounting software.  Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

Double-Entry Accounting

Stock/Bond/Mutual Fund Accounts

Small-Business Accounting

Reports, Graphs

QIF/OFX/HBCI Import, Transaction Matching

Scheduled Transactions

Financial Calculations











The GnuCash checkbook-style register provides a custom, convenient and familiar interface to entering financial transactions.

The register supports common checking and credit-card transactions, as well as income, stock and currency transactions. The following features are also provided:

  • The ability to enter split transactions
  • The ability to mark a transaction as cleared or reconciled
  • Autofill of entered transactions
  • The ability to display multiple accounts in a single register window
  • A summary bar that displays all of the relevant account's balance information
  • Many options to customize the appearance and the display style


You can create recurring transactions with a high level of customization of amounts and timeline. You can also set an automatic reminder when a transaction is due.

An assistant that runs when GnuCash is started allows scheduled transactions to be postponed without canceling or entering them before the due date.



GnuCash has an integrated module to display graphs of your financial data in the form of:

  • Barcharts
  • Piecharts
  • Scatter plots
GnuCash also comes complete with a full suite of standard and customizeable reports, such as:
  • Balance Sheet
  • Profit & Loss
  • Portfolio Valuation
  • and many others.

Graphs and reports can be highly and easily customized in appearance and contents, in order to fullfill every user's need.


Account reconciliation allows the user to compare the transactions entered in an account against a bank statement. This operation is very useful to spot untracked transactions or data entry errors and ensure that your books match the bank's.

The GnuCash reconcile tool with running reconciled and cleared balances makes reconciling against bank statements an easy task.



Professional Photo Editing Suite

New Release!!!

(The Photo Editor Suite includes installations for Windows and MAC OSX)


Why spend $699 for Photoshop, when you can have professional grade photo editing for a fraction of the price?

We are including the FULL INSTALLATION SOFTWARE PROGRAM of The Gimp Photo Editor designed to work on Windows XP or Vista, as well as a version design for Mac OSX (all included).  This software is the full version, not trial or limited in anyway.

Some of the things you can do:

Touch up and edit all your photos

Fix Red Eye

Crop, Zoom, Spin your picture, make it larger or smaller

Colorize or digitally enhance minor problems in your pictures


Professional Grade Photo Editing Suite includes the following features:

This program was designed as a low cost alternative to Adobe Photoshop.  It has all the complex features of Adobe Photoshop, but also tries to simplify the process of photo enhancement.

Primarily, this is used as a tool for photo enhancement. Typical uses include resizing and cropping photos, altering colors, combining multiple images, removing unwanted image components, and converting between different image formats, as well as creating graphics and logos. It can also be used to create basic animated images in GIF format.

The product vision for this software suite is to become a high-end graphics application for the editing and creation of original images, icons, graphical elements of web pages and art for user interface elements. It may also be used as a platform for the development of cutting-edge scientific image-processing algorithms.  But don't let that intimidate you.  You can do the easy stuff, as well as the hard stuff with this.

Edit your favorite photos, share them with your friends, save them for future use. 


Do you like to Paint?

Not only can edit your photographs, but you can also use this package as a fully loaded paintshop.  All the basics are there.  Brushes, Pencils, Airbrushes, etc. Edit it down pixel by pixel if you wish.  All the regular file formats are supported.  BMP, JPG, GIF, PCX, PNG, TFF, TGA, XPM, and a ton of others.  Convert among many formats at your leisure.

Complex Tools Made Easy

Tools used to manipulate images can be accessed via the toolbox, through menus, and dialog windows. They include filters and brushes, as well as transformation, selection, layer and masking tools.


Perspective Transformation and Selective Colorization


This makes it easy!

Convert Color to Black and White EASILY

Restore an old photo:

Convert to Sepia

Add motion to any picture


Correct the exposure on any picture

Selective Colorization

Sharpen your ordinary snapshots to turn them into pictures

Change the background on your picture

Remove objects from pictures

Remove Red Eye

Tons of text effects

Just good 'ole photo fun, cropping images

More technical stuff for the brave

Color: There are several ways of selecting colors including a using an eyedropper to choose an existing color, palettes with a limited and color choosers. The built in color choosers include an RGB/HSV selector or scales, water-color selector, CMYK selector and a color-wheel selector. Colors can also be selected using hexadecimal color codes as used in HTML color selection. Indexed color and RGB color modes are supported natively, other color spaces are supported using decomposition where each channel of the new color space becomes a black and white image. CMYK, LAB and HSV are supported this way. The blend tool can apply a gradient to the surface of an image or for use with blending, gradients are also integrated into tools such as the brush tool, when the user paints this way the output color slowly changes. There are a number of default gradients included, a user may also create custom gradients with tools provided.

Selections and paths: There are several tools that can be used to create selections including a rectangular or circular selection tool, free select tool, fuzzy select tool (also known as magic wand). More advanced selection tools include the select by color tool for selecting contiguous regions of color and the scissors select tool which creates selections semi-automatically between areas of highly contrasting colors. This also supports a quick mask mode where a user can use a brush to paint the area of a selection, visibly this looks much like a ruby lith overlay whilst painting. The foreground select tool, is an implementation of Simple Interactive Object Extraction (SIOX) a method used to perform the extraction of foreground elements, such as a person or a tree in focus. The Paths Tool allows a user to create vectors (also known as Bézier curves). Paths can be used to create complex selections around natural curves, paths can also be named, saved, and painted (or "stroked") with brushes, patterns, or various line styles.

Image editing: when editing images there are many tools that can be used, the more common tools include a paint brush, pencil, airbrush, eraser and ink tools used to create new or blended pixels. Tools such as the bucket fill and blend tools are used to change large regions of space in an image and can be used to help blend images. It also has a selection of smart tools, which are tools that use more complex mathematics to enable a user to do things that otherwise would be time consuming or impossible; these smart tools include the clone tool that copies pixels using a brush, the healing brush which copies pixels from an area and corrects the tone and color where it is being used. The perspective clone tool works in a similar way to the clone tool previously mentioned but also allows a user to correct for distance changes. The blur and sharpen tool is a brush that blurs and sharpens. Finally the dodge and burn tool is a brush that makes target pixels lighter (dodges) or darker (burns).  A list of transform tools include the align tool, move, crop, rotate, scale, shear, perspective and flit tools.

Layers, layer masks and channels: an image being edited can consist of many layers sitting in a stack, the user manual suggests that "A good way to visualize an image is as a stack of transparencies" where in this terminology each transparency is a layer. Each layer in an image is made up of several channels, in an RGB image there are normally 3 or 4 channels these consist of a red, green and blue channel individually these would each look like slightly different grey images but when put together they make a complete image. The fourth channel that may be part of a layer is the alpha channel (or layer mask), this channel measures opacity where a whole or part of an image can be completely visible, partially visible or invisible.  Text layers can be created using the text tool, allowing a user to write on an image. Text layers are able to be transformed in several ways, such as converting it to a path or selection.

Automation, scripts and plugins: It has approximately 150 standard effects and filters, including Drop Shadow, Blur, Motion blur and Noise.  Program operations can be automated with scripting languages.

There is no need to purchase another photo editing suite when this professional grade package will do the same thing for a fraction of the price.  A full manual in pdf format is included on the disk.


Professional Office Suite

(The Office Suite is included for Windows only)

The new alternative to Microsoft Office for pennies comparatively!  100% compatible with MS Office files and formats.  The menus and interface is what you are used to after using Microsoft products.  Documents can be saved in MS Office format, and your old Office documents can be opened in Open Office.  A license of Office Professional will cost you over $500.  Try Open Office for a fraction of that and watch it do nearly everything that MS Office does!

Compatible with all old versions of Office.  Will run on ANY version of Windows.


  • Writer - A word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.

  • Calc - a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.

  • Impress - the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.

  • Draw - lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.

  • Base- lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Open Office.

  • Math - lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.


Writer (Alternative to Microsoft Word)

WRITER has everything you would expect from a modern, fully equipped word processor or desktop publisher.

It's simple enough for a quick memo, powerful enough to create complete books with contents, diagrams, indexes, etc. You're free to concentrate on your message - while WRITER makes it look great.

screen dump of Writer The Wizards takes all the hassle out of producing standard documents such as letters, faxes, agendas, minutes, or carrying out more complex tasks such as mail merges. You are of course free to create your own templates.

Styles and Formatting puts the power of style sheets into the hands of every user.

Trap typing mistakes on the fly with the AutoCorrect dictionary, which can check your spelling as you type.

Reduce typing effort with AutoComplete, which suggests common words and phrases to complete what you are typing.

AutoFormat takes care of the formatting as you write, leaving you free to concentrate on your message.

Text frames and linking give you the power to tackle desktop publishing tasks for newsletters, flyers, etc. laid out exactly the way you want them to be.

Increase the usefulness of your long, complex documents by generating a table of contents or indexing terms, bibliographical references, illustrations, tables, and other objects.

Email your documents - WRITER offers direct connection to email software.

Make your documents freely available with WRITER's HTML export to the web, or publish in Portable Document Format (.pdf) to guarantee that what you write is what your reader sees.

Save your documents in OpenDocument format, the new international standard for office documents. This XML based format means you're not tied in to WRITER. You can access your documents from any OpenDocument compliant software.

WRITER can of course read all your old Microsoft Word documents, or save your work in Microsoft Word format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products.

Calc (Alternative to Microsoft Excel)

CALC is the spreadsheet program you've always wanted. Newcomers find it intuitive and easy to learn; professional data miners and number crunchers will appreciate the comprehensive range of advanced functions.

screen dump of CalcAdvanced DataPilot technology makes it easy to pull in raw data from corporate databases; cross-tabulate, summarise, and convert it into meaningful information.

Natural language formulas let you create formulas using words (e.g. "sales - costs").

The Intelligent Sum Button inserts a sum function or a subtotal automatically, depending on context.

Wizards guides you through choosing and using a comprehensive range of advanced spreadsheet functions.

Styles and Formatting makes it easy to apply flexible cell formatting options, including freely rotating contents, templates, backgrounds, borders, and many more. You can be your own spreadsheet expert thanks to templates with built-in functions, allowing you to concentrate on your real work.

Scenario Manager allows "what if ..." analysis at the touch of a button - e.g. compare profitability for high / medium / low sales forecasts.

Hide or reveal Design Themes with a single click - use CALC's defaults or add your own.

Save your spreadsheets in OpenDocument format, the new international standard for office documents. This XML based format means you're not tied in to CALC. You can access your spreadsheets from any OpenDocument compliant software.

Of course, you are free to use your old Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, or save your work in Excel format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products. If all they want to see is your results, then use Portable Document Format (.pdf) - no need to buy any extra software.

Impress (Alternative to Microsoft Powerpoint)

Impress ScreenshotIMPRESS is a truly outstanding tool for creating effective multimedia presentations. Your presentations will stand out with 2D and 3D clip art, special effects, animation, and high-impact drawing tools.

Master Pages simplify the task of preparing your materials.

A complete range of Views are supported: Drawing / Outline / Slides / Notes / Handouts to meet all the needs of presenters and audiences, plus an optional multi-pane view to put all the tools at your fingertips.

IMPRESS has a complete range of easy-to-use drawing and diagramming tools to spice up your presentation.

'Park' your most commonly used drawing tools around your screen ready for single-click access.

Slide show Animation and Effects bring your presentation to life. Fontworks provides stunning 2D and 3D images from text. Create lifelike 3D images with astounding speed and response.

Save your presentations in OpenDocument format, the new international standard for office documents. This XML based format means you're not tied in to IMPRESS. You can access your presentations from any OpenDocument compliant software.

Of course, you are free to use your old Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, or save your work in PowerPoint format for sending to people who are still locked into Microsoft products. Alternatively, use IMPRESS's built-in ability to create Flash (.swf) versions of your presentations.

Draw (Alternative to Microsoft Visio)

Draw screenshotDRAW - from a quick sketch to a complex plan, DRAW gives you the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams.

'Park' your most commonly used drawing tools around your screen ready for single-click access.

Use Styles and Formatting to put all your graphics styles at your finger tips.

Manipulate objects, rotate in two or three dimensions; the 3D controller puts spheres, rings, cubes, etc. at your disposal.

Arrange objects: group, ungroup, regroup, and edit objects while grouped. Sophisticated rendering let you create photorealistic images with your own texture, lighting effects, transparency, perspective, and so on.

Smart connectors make short work of flowcharts, organization charts, network diagrams, etc. Define your own 'glue points' for connectors to 'stick' to.

Dimension lines automatically calculate and display linear dimensions as you draw.

Use the picture Gallery for clipart; create your own art and add it to the Gallery.

Save your graphics in OpenDocument format, the new international standard for office documents. This XML based format means you're not tied in to DRAW. You can access your graphics from any OpenDocument compliant software.

Import graphics from all common formats (including BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and WMF).

Use DRAW's free ability to create Flash (.swf) versions of your work.

Base (Alternative to Microsoft Access)

The new way to access databases

Screendump of Base

New to Version 2, BASE enables you to manipulate database data seamlessly within OpenOffice. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, either using your own database or BASE’s own built-in HSQL database engine. BASE offers a choice of using Wizards, Design Views, or SQL Views for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users.

Maintaining your data

With BASE, you can:

  • Create new tables for your data - and also change them as your needs change

  • Maintain indexes on the tables to make data access faster

  • View a table in an editing grid and add, change, and delete records

  • Use the Report Wizard to produce impressive reports from your data

  • Use the Form Wizard to create 'instant' database applications

Using your data

Using BASE, you can not only browse your data, but also:

  • Perform simple (single column) or complex (multi-column) sorts

  • View subsets of your data with simple (one-click) or complex (logical query) filters

  • Create powerful queries to show your data in new ways, including summaries and multi-table views

  • Produce reports in a wide variety of formats using the Report AutoPilot

Technical footnotes

BASE includes a full version of the HSQL database engine, storing data in XML files. It can also access dBASE files natively for simple database work.

For more advanced requirements, BASE supports many popular databases database natively (Adabas D, ADO, Microsoft Access, MySQL), or any database through industry-standard ODBC and JDBC drivers. It also supports any LDAP compliant address book, as well as common formats such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows, and Mozilla.

Math (Create equations and formula for your documents)

Math screenshotMATH is OpenOffice's component for mathematical equations. It is most commonly used as an equation editor for text documents, but it can also be used with other types of documents or stand-alone. When used inside WRITER, the equation is treated as an object inside the text document. Similarly, one can also insert these into other OpenOffice programs like CALC and IMPRESS.

Using MATH, there are three main ways of entering a formula:

  • Type markup in the equation editor.

  • Right-click on the equation editor and select the symbol from the context menu.

  • Select a symbol from the Selection toolbox.


Media Portal Media Center

(The Media Portal Media Center Software is included for Windows only)

What is MediaPortal?

mediaportalMediaPortal is an application ideal for turning your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. MediaPortal allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more.

Turn your PC into the ultimate Media Center with Media Portal.  You can store, share, and enjoy all of your phoos, all of your music, your home videos, and even live TV in one package. 

Designed to function with the XP operating system, you will get the same power and reliability you've come to expect and demand.

Media Portal is cheap alternative to Tivo, or Microsoft's Windows Media Center Edition (WinMCE).  Media Portal, is a media center software that runs on Windows XP.  To run Media Portal, you will need Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed and with .NET enabled, a computer capable of playing multimedia content, and, if you want to play and record live TV, you will need a compatible TV Tuner Card.  Media portal allows you to turn your PC into an advance Multi Media Center PC, DVR.  A remote control is not included.  You can listen to your favorite music & radio, watch all your videos and DVD's, view and record live TV, and so much more!


  • Create your own skins, or choose one of the available skins!

  • MediaPortal can easily be extended with extra plugins

  • You decide which keys you want to use for which actions

  • Internal support for several remote control (streamzap, MCE, redeye, winlirc, hauppauge, FireDTV)

  • Windowed and fullscreen support


My TVMediaPortal TV

  • Supports analog TV, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-S and ATSC

  • HDTV and AC3 support

  • Support for multiple tuners

  • Record, watch, and timeshift Live TV

  • Advanced recording scheduler:
    - Record once
    - Record now
    - Daily o Weekly
    - Weekdays (Mon-Fri)
    - Every time a program appears on this TV channel

  • Timeshifting,Watch, Pause, Rewind, FF, RW Live TV

  • Advanced recording management:
    - Handle conflicts
    - Set recording priorities
    - Quality settings / recording
    - Transcode to WMD, XVID or MPG
    - Diskmanagement auto deletes old and/or watched recordings

  • TVGuide:
    - Grab DVB-EPG & MHW-EPG directly for DVB
    - Supports XMLTV
    - Colors for genres

  • TV Guide search

  • TV Channel grouping

  • Supports over > 10000 channels

  • Auto channel tuning

  • Normal OSD (On Screen Display during movies/tv)

  • Special ZAP OSD (Shows description of what is playing currently on TV)

  • Support for Teletext

  • Standby control to put your HTPC sleeping. It will awake when there a recording needs to start

My Video / MyDVDMediaPortal Video/DVD

  • Play any movie your PC has a codec for (divx, mpeg, matroska,...)

  • All your movies will be stored in MediaPortal's video database

  • View your movies by actors, genres, year, title

  • Sort your movies by actors, genres, year, rating

  • Automatically retrieves video art & info from IMDB

  • Stacking/unstacking if your movie consists of multiple files

  • Internal DVD player with menu's (you can also use an external DVD player)

  • On Screen Display (OSD) for: Pause, Rewind, FastForward, Stop, Mute, Bookmarks, Switching Audio Streams/Subtitle languages...

  • Resume from playback on next play

My Pictures mediaportal-pictures

  • Watch your pictures/photos

  • Slideshow support with nice transitions

  • Zoom in/out, rotate pictures (rotation is remembered next time)

  • Pause, previous/next picture

  • Delete picture(s)

  • Background music, either songs from my music, or radio from my radio

  • Auto thumbnail generation

  • Sort in Name, Date, Size

  • View in List, Icon or Big Icon display

  • Ken Burns effect slideshow

  • Filmstrip view

My Music mediaportal-music

  • View your music by artists, albums, genres, top100 or plain songs

  • Sort your music in many ways like tracks, genre, filesize, artists, album,...

  • Use visualisations from Windows ?Media Player 10

  • Load, create & save playlists (.m3u, .pls, .b4u)

  • Automaticlly gets album art & info for all your albums

  • Automaticlly gets artist art & info for all your artists

  • View by list, icons, and big icons

  • Shuffle, repeat, FF, RW, pause,...

  • Music ratings

  • Favorites

  • Party shuffle mode

  • Search music for specific songs

  • Display all your favorite songs in one screen

  • Utilize Winamp, Foobar or iTunes plugins for music playback

My Radio mediaportal-radio

  • Listen to your favorite radio stations (FM, DVB or internet stream)

  • Auto tuning (FM)

  • Logo's for each radio station (manual process)

  • Supply a friendly name for each radio station

  • Internet radio station streaming (ASX or Shoutcast)

  • Support for external radio tuner applications

  • Auto start listening to your selected radio station when MediaPortal starts

My weather mediaportal-weather

  • Show the latest weather information

  • Support for multiple cities

  • Current temperature, 3 Day Forecast

  • Temperature (in degrees C/F)

  • UV Index, Humity (%), Wind (mph/kph), etc

  • Support for live images from internet, like:
    - Satellite images
    - Temperature images
    - UV Index images
    - Winds images
    - Humidity images
    - Precipitation images

More features! mediaportal-games

  • Launching external programs like:
    - Games
    - Emulators
    - Email application
    - Internet Browser
    - IRC client

  • Burner let's you burn all type of files and folders directly to CD/DVD from within the MediaPortal interface

  • Showing RSS news feeds

  • Read and send mail within MediaPortal

  • Monitor computer hardware:
    - CPU temperature
    - Motherboard Temperature
    - Hard disk Temperature
    - Used Memory
    - Used Virtual Memory
    - etc

  • Allow the PC automatically go to standby/hibernation and wakes it when there is a scheduled recording! Just like a real VCR!

  • Has different alarm features

  • You can even play included games like Tetris or Sudoku!

  • Clamwin Antivirus

    (The Anti-Virus software is included for Windows only)

    • Free Virus updates for life! 
    • Never pay subscription fees again, ever!
    • No monthly fees at all!
    • Compatible with all versions of Windows

The ultimate in Windows Security.  Discover the new open source alternative to those high priced commercial anti virus programs that always seem to let viruses through.  For Anti Virus users, open source is always better.   Why?  Because by its very nature, open source software is developed as a consortium of thousands of users worldwide.  Some of the best programmers in the world contribute for the greater good.  This is a must have if you do not have any virus protection on your machine or if you are stuck paying monthly fees to some big software company.  Free yourself from the big corporations!

Main Screen:                                                Configuration Screen:                                                 Update Screen


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This item is our catalog #ADV-715PE.  If you purchase another item with this same catalog number, you will get two identical items.  Given this, we cannot offer refunds for customers who accidentally purchased two identical disks without reading this auction fully.

This disk contains software that is Open Source, that is in full compliance with the GNU License agreement.  We are authorized to distribute this disk and its contents. This operating system can be freely installed on as many systems as you wish as long as the (GNU) General Public License is followed and agreed upon.

The How to Build a Computer Guide is copyrighted by ADV Plans, LLC.

This is not a boot limited, OEM, shareware, bootleg or trial version, There is no activation or CD key required to install this software. This CD contains the full unlimited versions of software licensed under a GNU license.  This CD-ROM does not come in a retail box.  A copy of the license for this software is included with the software package. Software is shipped with disk only in a paper sleeve and a mailer.  All manuals and documentation is loaded on the disk.

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Tech support for this item is abundant online through discussion boards and various sites throughout the net.  We do not provide individual tech support on this item.

What are the system requirements?

System requirements are very mild for this type of software believe it or not.  Any computer built within the last 5 or 6 years will run this package just fine.

What is the warranty policy on this item?

All disks are guaranteed to be new in proper working order.  Should your CD arrive damaged or unreadable, we will replace it free of cost.


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:  Same deal above,  except your packages typically have been taking about 2 weeks or so after we ship them.  We've noticed that maybe 20% of overseas customers have been waiting as long as 4+ weeks for these shipments.  The only explanation we can come up with is that it must be stuck in some container in some dock waiting on customs clearance.  It happens, and for those 20% of customers, we apologize, but there is very little we can do about that.  Your disk will arrive or we will replace it.

Multiple items purchased by the same customer may or may not be shipped in the same package, at our discretion.  We do not offer any additional discounts on multiple items other than the ones noted above.

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