Beginner at Building/repairing PC's
Ok, so Im wanting to get into the computer engineering field so i figured I'd try and learn what i could on my own before I'm able to go back to school for it.
so i went out and bought a little basic computer toolkit and got ahold of a stripped down computer. its pretty much just the mobo and PSU. I'm not even aware if the mobo is working or not. so thats why i made this thread, so that I can use one thread to ask just general beginner questions instead of making a new thread for everything i encounter. which leads me to ask:
1. is there a way to test the mobo and psu to make sure their functional without having to put RAM, HD, etc.etc. in it just to find out?
2. I plan on purchasing a soldering iron for use with my work, what wattage/type should i look into? I was just gonna get something cheap from radioshack right now.
thanks in advance guys, everyone on heres been a big help with some general computer questions before, I'm hoping to be able to jump in a little more in depth now.