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It's been a fun ride but assembly time is nearly upon me! I've been slowly building a list/acquiring parts for a new gaming computer (see my sig rig) for about 2 months now. I've got my case, motherboard, power supply, RAM, a few cables, some fans, etc. and I've done some minor installation as well as a little modding to my case (added 2 fans in the front drive bays for some extra air intake).

I just ordered my hard drive, CPU, and the rest of my cables (I need a fair few extension cables as the HAF X is a large case) and when all of that arrives I'll be ready to seat the CPU/cooler onto the motherboard, install the board/hard drive, and get everything hooked up in preparation for the arrival of my graphics card.

The point of this post is to see if any of you guys have some final words of wisdom for me? I've done quite a bit of research and I'm fairly well versed on the "rice grain" method for applying TIM, watching out for static buildup, etc. but I just wondered if anyone might have some helpful advice, tips, or things to watch out for as this is the first time I've done a build from scratch by myself? Thanks a lot in advance and hopefully I'll see many of you in BF3 in a few weeks
Edited by Quigleyman73 - 10/3/11 at 8:21pm
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As a builder myself, and being quite good at it, let me give you some pointers:

NO wool socks! Actually, I would recommend going barefoot and doing it in the kitchen or wherever there is a tile floor (whatever they call that type of floor). I also would touch the psu (or at least the metal on the PSU, before attempting to build, just to be sure).

DON'T forget the CPU power pin.... the computer will not turn on if its not plugged in.

Read the manual carefully!!!

The F_Panel is tricky to plug in, and can be frustrating. Just take your time.

As with any builder, patience is the key. DON'T force anything... other than to lock the CPU in place.

HAVE FUN DOING IT!
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Yeah, the one thing I ALWAYS get warnings on is static electricity. I have both an anti-static wrist strap and an anti-static mat for when I have the case open with parts out of the bag during installation. I'll be going hobbit style (barefoot) while building as that's normally how I roll anyway plus I have hard wood floors in my apartment so it's all good.
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