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How To Build a Computer

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Randy Cragg

on 7 May 2010

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How To Build a Computer
By: Randy Cragg Setting Up Workstation Place the computer case on an antistatic pad, and place an antistatic wrist rap to your wrist. Make sure to ground the wrist strap to the case.
Motherboard Place the motherboard on the antistatic pad.
CPU Open the CPU slot.
This may require the use of needle nose pliers, or other similar tools to release the lever to the CPU slot.
CPU Place the CPU in the slot.
Make sure that the corner of the CPU with the triangle, is placed in the correct corner, otherwise it will not work, and could result in damage to the CPU.
The correct corner will be shown on the slot.
The CPU will also be keyed so you can also use that as a reference.
Make sure to apply a thermal compound to the CPU
CPU Make sure to lock the latch back down.
This may also require the use of needle nose pliers or a similar tool.
RAM Ensure that slots to the RAM are unlocked and are ready for the placement of the RAM.
RAM Place the RAM sticks in the slot and push down.
Make sure they are in the correct way, each stick and slot is keyed so that it goes in the correct way.
Make sure to lock down the latches, to ensure that it works properly.
Power Supply This is where the power supply goes.
Remove anything that may be in the way of placing the power supply in the computers case.
Place the power supply in the case.
Ensure that it is turned the right direction so that the power connector is completely shown on the outside of the case.
Power Supply Power Supply Fasten the power supply
into place with the
screws and a screwdriver. Standoffs Gather the standoffs.
These will be used to keep the motherboard raised off the case.

Standoffs Use the motherboard to determine where the standoffs will be placed.
Fasten them down with your hands.
Placing The Motherboard Place the motherboard in the case.
Make sure that the external slots are aligned with the holes.
Screw the motherboard into Place
CPU Fan Place the CPU fan on top of the CPU.
Fasten down the locks, to ensure that it does not move.
Plug the in the cable into the appropriate slot.
Make sure that all wires are not in the way of the fans blades.
Sata Hard Drive Place the hard drive, in the drive bay
Fasten it down by using screws.
SATA Hard Drive Make sure that all the SATA connectors are connected properly from the motherboard to the hard drive, and from the hard drive to the power supply.
CD Drive Place the CD drive into its drive bay.
Make sure that it is screwed into the bay.
Connect the ribbon cable from the CD drive to the motherboard.
Connect the power connector from the power supply to the CD drive.
Front Panel Connectors These connectors are used for powering
Speakers, HDD LED,
Reset Switch, Power LED, and the On/Off Switch
to the front of the computer case.
Make sure that all cables are
connected to the correct spot
Use the motherboard
manual as a reference.
Checking Cables After you have completed all these steps
make sure that all cables are properly
connected to the motherboard and there devices.
Putting Case Back Together Make sure to put all screws
back into the case to make sure
that the sides stay on it.
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