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Thats a bit generic, imho

what hardware specifically do you intend on designing?

Your original post could extend its reach from fabricating computer cases to sitting around on pricewatch buying cheap parts to build systems for an entity that appreciates your A- skills, but its probably neither :)

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Problem with being specific at the current level I'm at is that it will get you nowhere :( in A-Levels we don't have specific branches,

all we have are Engineering Lvl 1,2 & 3, I currenty have lvl 2 at a grade A* which is 8.5GCSE's and it would make sense to do lvl3 but then again the ICT course on offer has certain hardware aspects attatched such as; building a pc, learning how they work, building servers and so on.

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CPU/GPU fabrication seems much more the land of electrical engineering, what about beginning integrated circuits and such....

Many small kits you can order online come with small projects to build with transistors and logic gates.

Ahhh, the joys of working many hours to get the leds to alternate on your rudimentary racecar.

**You listed things that lean much more towards IT administration.

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CPU/GPU fabrication seems much more the land of electrical engineering

It totally is electronics at every level. The land of [V]HDL, FPGAs and all that "fun" stuff.

And even if you go that way, the odds of working for Intel/AMD/nvidia on mainstream hardware are just about nil. There's very few jobs like this, and you have to be more than "just good" at it (and they're often in foreign countries). I've seen plenty of people who studied that stuff, but none who ever made it to such a position (last one went to work for ON Semi on stuff that would most likely bore you to death).

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An electronics engineering degree from an accredited University (4 year) would be the very minimum,

just to get started.

The guys designing IC's and other hardware, today, are not kids right out of school.

They have years and years of hands-on lab experience, maybe even serving several years as an

apprentice. And most of those guys have multiple doctorates.

You'll make more money, quicker, with less schooling, by becoming a PC Service tech, or IT specialist.

But, to be a good tech, you must be very 'detail oriented'.

As with most electronics, "the devil is in the details".

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Andromeda B)

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