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Bout to start building within the next 2 hours so I have some questions.

1) Is it okay for me to use a magnetic screw driver?
2) What should I lay my motherboard on? (My speakers were laying on my motherboard box, a cardboard box. I also touched the top of the motherboard box with dirty fingers for some reason.) I will be building on a wooden table.
3) When installing the megahalems, do I let the screws do all the tightening, or do I have to put some pressure on it too?
4) So I need a lint free cloth and rubbing alcohol for cleaning the cpu and bottom of the heatsink. My mom has a lens cleaner cloth and bought me generic brand of rubbing alcohol. Should this do?
5) Is there anything else that you guys think I should know?
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post #2 of 19
Magnetic screw driver shouldn't mess anything up, just don't have any floppy disks you need laying around near it =P.

If you flip the static-free bag it came in inside out and set it on top of it you should be good to go, a piece of foam under that usually works well also.

You don't need a lint free cloth, paper towel works fine, plus you wouldn't want to ruin your moms lens cleaning cloth. 91% alcohol is what you want, not the dilute stuff. The 91% leaves less water/minerals when it evaporates.

As for the screws, handtight is pretty much the rule for almost everything.
 
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post #3 of 19
1. I woudn't, protip: regular screw driver, and some windsheild sealant( its black gooey stuff) professional electricians use this on the end of their screwdrives so the screws dont fall off and disappear into somthing like ur PSU. Ive had that happen before, what a mess!

2. Motherboard Box + the Anti Static bag it came in.

3. apply TIM, press it on while shifting it around a little to get it to spread, then screw down using opposite corners, dont fully tighten one side before the others. let the screws do the work.

4. I have used lens cleaning cloths before, they work very well, if the surface is flat.

good luck
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Magnetic screw driver shouldn't mess anything up, just don't have any floppy disks you need laying around near it =P.

If you flip the static-free bag it came in inside out and set it on top of it you should be good to go, a piece of foam under that usually works well also.

You don't need a lint free cloth, paper towel works fine, plus you wouldn't want to ruin your moms lens cleaning cloth. 91% alcohol is what you want, not the dilute stuff. The 91% leaves less water/minerals when it evaporates.

As for the screws, handtight is pretty much the rule for almost everything.
The rubbing alcohol I have is 70% alcohol. Should this be fine? Or do I absolutely need 91%?
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post #5 of 19
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How should I ground myself? I have a static wristband. I heard I can install my psu in my case, but do I turn my psu on, or leave it off?
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post #6 of 19
To answer your questions,

1) I wouldn't use a magnetic screwdriver just to be on the safe side. It shouldn't mess anything up but you never know. Plus, in my experience building computers you don't really need that extra grip that a magnetic screwdriver will give you.

2) You should lay your motherboard on the anti-static pad that it came shipped in. At least until you get it into your case and onto the standins. Dirty fingers won't kill anything but it is still best not to have any oil residue on the mobo, best to touch it by the edges only.

3) When installing the heatsink the only pressure you need is from the screws. Make sure to align everything correctly then screw it down alternating diagonal corners. This will ensure it is even and keeps everything straight.

4) 90% alcohol is preferable but 70% should work. I don't even use a lint free cloth I use a q-tip... just have to be careful about left over strands of cotton. It isn't that dire.

5) Other things you should know... if it is your first build, plan ahead! As in don't put your heatsink on last if it is already screwed into your case and you need to attach a backplate. A bit of planning will save you tons of time.

As for grounding yourself all you have to do is touch a piece of metal that is grounded to the floor. Such as, your computer case or a file cabinet.
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post #7 of 19
your power has to be connected for your pc to be grounded
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post #8 of 19
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your power has to be connected for your pc to be grounded
yes, but do I turn the psu on or leave it off?
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post #9 of 19
afaik doesn't matter the earth is still connected

edit: all the best btw
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yes, but do I turn the psu on or leave it off?
leave it plugged in, but with the PSU switch set to off.
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