computer novice seeks advice on any good, inexspensive courses online to build and repair computers for self and family
The Magazine has some good resources that you should look at to give yourself a start on building for yourself and family. The first link below is an example step-by-step video. The next two are builds that the Magazine staff put together for articles and benchmarking.
In this video, former Editor in Chief, Will Smith, assembles a PC from start to finish (not including software). Go directly to the video
if the one in the article won't go to fullscreen. This is a good video, but realize that some specifics will vary when you use different components.
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... _explained
$647 PC from Dec '09
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/featur ... page=0%2C0
2009 Dream Machine
Before you purchase components for a build, I strongly recommend you ask and provide a shopping list in the Help Me Buy/Help Me Build
section of the forum in addition to reading various reviews and price comparisons in MPC and additional comparable sources. Do not rely solely on shopper reviews such as those on store sites.
Use the forum as a place to start learning DIY troubleshooting. There are users here with various experience levels ranging from new users to hardcore hobbyists and professionals. You can ask anything from "Where's the 'any' key?" to "Help troubleshoot the custom Operating System I wrote when I was bored." Someone can assist or point you in the right direction. Before you know it, you'll begin to learn enough that you'll enter that danger zone where your family and friends realize that you can fix their computers.
If you anticipate needing entry level certification for an employer, check with your local community college. The courses will be less expensive than at a training center and you'll get college credit. The classes will take longer as they will last for a grading period (semester, trimester). You will also get more time for questions and individual assistance. If an employer requires certification, check to see if they offer training or some level of reimbursement.