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post #11 of 17
I do powersupply after because its easier to put the mobo in first. The PSU takes up lots of space, and I find it easier to fit the mobo in and make any adjustments without the PSU. Its personal preference really.
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post #12 of 17
On some cases, you HAVE to put the PSU in before the MoBo. Like the Thermaltake Tsunami Dream.
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post #13 of 17
It is important that you not install the heatsink until the motherboard is in the case! The motherboards is designed to take stress at the ATX screw-in pins. If you install it when the pressure is not on these pins, you can damage the motherboard!

Order of installation:
  1. Clear Out case, remove everything you can.
  2. Install the processor into the motherboard.
  3. Install the motherboard.
  4. Install the heatsink/fan
  5. Install the DVD Drive and HDDs
  6. Install the PSU
  7. Install the video card
  8. Plug everything in
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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by pyr0m1 View Post
On some cases, you HAVE to put the PSU in before the MoBo. Like the Thermaltake Tsunami Dream.

that is the same case i have.
and that is why i put the power supply as top priority. haha
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post #15 of 17
make sure all mobo mounting slugs are installed on the mobo plate in your case.

install all fans in your case.

put your ram. cpu and hsf on your mobo.

then install your mob in the case (make sure to not tighten your screws to tight just make sure there snug cause you may have to remove your mobo for a upgrade or replace cause it went bad)

put your video card in.

now install your hard drive or drives and Optical Drive or drives.

last but not least install your power supply.

notice: if you are installing a water cooling system instead of hsf for cpu or any other components put the sysytem together first before you put it in you your case to stress test and leak test it. after dooing that for 6 or more hours if any leaks happen fix them. then test it a little longer to see if it works after having no problems install it in case before the power supply. you usually install that last it makes it easier to put that in last.

after all that is down boot the system go into bois make sure everything is right then reboot and load windows and your ready to rock and roll in games or what ever you do on your pc.
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post #16 of 17
Here is my method of madness when building a rig.

1. Inspect all hardware for physical damage that could be potential problem
2. Since all the cases I've worked are pretty small, I had to install power supply first
3. Install front intake case fans.
4. Install Ram on motherboard
5. Install CPU with AS5 and HSF
6. Put motherboard in case and connect the 24pin cable, 4pin cable, pwr, reset, led cables, usb cable, etc.
7. Install hard drives and cables
8. Install Optical Drives and cables
9. Install Card Periphirals (Video, Sound, Wireless, etc).
10. Finish off with Exhaust fan in the rear and make sure all cables are securely connected.

The moment of truth is when you hit that power button. Pray that it turns on and posts. Good Luck!
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post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
It is important that you not install the heatsink until the motherboard is in the case! The motherboards is designed to take stress at the ATX screw-in pins. If you install it when the pressure is not on these pins, you can damage the motherboard!
If the HSF has a backing plate, you have to put that on first. Make sure it will stay put so you don't drop it and have to get it again. Thats annoying.
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