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Does anybody here know of any good websites I can learn about making basic computer hardware from scratch? What I've mostly found on google is about buying parts and assembling them which is useless, i would like to know about making the individual parts for fun and learning purposes and I realize anything I would be making would be really underpowered in today's world.
 

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BEAM robotics might be of interest and IC catalogs, if you want to solder transistors together you're doing electronics not computing.
 
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BEAM robotics might be of interest and IC catalogs, if you want to solder transistors together you're doing electronics not computing.
Thanks.

I'm already learning computing, but I'd really like to have good knowledge of electronics as well, and it would be fun to make some neat devices of my own.
 

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What do you want to make?

When you want a hardware only solution (make a circuit with the desired behavior rather than write firmware for it) quite often you can get one or several ICs that will do exactly what you want and there's tons of companies that manufacture custom PCBs these days, but most people don't know this, you show them your custom motor controller with ICs on a professional looking PCB and they'll think you're a genius :D
 
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Yeah physically making a computer from scratch without manufacturing will require a house sized space. Not just under powered it's more room size. Doing ^ Cogs stuff though might be more realistic.
 

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It isnt exactly a pc but ardiuno is good for beginners making io devices. Once you get the hang of it you can make your own boards using a microcontroller chip.
 

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The question is why would you want to do this?

I can see messing around with an arduino
I can see getting a job where you make computer parts (electrical engineer or something)
I can see having a hobby of building computers in unconventional ways

I can't see making a computer that is going to so primitive its going to be borderline useless. This would be if you are starting from complete scratch tho.
Unless you are talking about getting a bunch of computer parts and wiring them up to a circuit board. I mean. I guess it would kinda be like adult lagos in a way. But you should prolly learn how to solder and stuff first. Regardless, its going to take some knowhow of circuits in general. You can fry shit pretty easily (like capacitors and resistors). Luckily there are computer part stores that sell a lot of stuff that is already kinda halfway made already.

Some stuff you would need:
Power supply (easy enough to make one)
Digital Multimeter (I would go for a good one)
A website where you can buy computer components like timers, capacitors, circuit boards, soldering equipment, resistors and the like.
A book about how the computer components work (and how voltage, resistance and current will work in your computer)

Not and exhaustive list, like, at all.
 
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