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post #1 of 21
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i see faqs all the time about why to build one yourself but not any on how to do it. can someone please tell me how or direct me to somewhere? i just bought a amd athlon 64 3200+ venice, a asrock 939 dual sata, a stick of 512mb of ram, a new case, a new powers supply 450w. so help please!
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post #2 of 21
Did they come with manuals? It really not that hard, just read the directions.
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post #3 of 21
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i am trying to amass some information today as the parts will be here tomorrow and this will be my first build, but as you said the manuals will explain everything basically?
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post #4 of 21
I got a Computer Shopper issue a while back that talked about this. Unfortunately I threw it out to clean up my room, so here's my short FAQ on how to do it:

1. Unpack your case and install the PSU in it.
2a. (If there's a tray) Take out the case tray and install motherboard.
2. Install CPU in motherboard ZIF socket (raise the little arm to do so).
3. Install the heatsink/fan. You might have to remove the fan for bigger heatsinks.
4a. (If no tray) Install the motherboard into your case (be careful now).
4b. (If tray) Install tray into case.
5. Insert RAM chips into their proper slots.
6. Install hard drives and optical drives.
7. Install expansion cards.
8. Wire everything up. ATX connector to the motherboard. molex to the hard drive and optical and floppy. SATA to SATA drives. etc. just match all the cables up.
9. Double check to make sure everything is plugged in correctly.
10. Check again.
11. Have a nice cold drink. (Milk or juice so as not to get drunk and put a screwdriver through your motherboard.)
12. Turn on the computer and boot into the BIOS.
13. Tell the BIOS to load optimal values (for now, just to make sure everything is working.).
14. Change options in BIOS to match your config.
15. Install your operating system.
16. Make sure all of your security software is good (this is one step that if you forget to do, you can say hello to the BSOD!!)
17. Install your benchmarks and stuff to check stock performance and stability.
18. Start OCing!

Note: make sure you read all of the manuals. You may be a guy, but you can still use directions.
post #5 of 21
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lol thx ill print that out. reps 4 u
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post #6 of 21
It's not a difficult process, just some things to remember: ground yourself before touching any parts (grab a door knob or the metal exterior of your case), don't force anything that isn't fitting, make sure it's aligned properly and is supposed to go where your putting it, especially with processors. I find it easier to work on the floor with the case on its side as opposed to at a desk or with the case upright. And yes, read the manuals, lots of useful information for the new user in there.
    
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post #7 of 21
Throw all the parts in the case, and shake well.
Just Kidding!! Good luck
post #8 of 21
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lol
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post #9 of 21
if the case comes with spacers (lil gold things) match those up with the holes on the motherbard, place the motherboard on top of those, then screw it in, not too tight as to cause damage though.

when installing the CPU, make sure the lil gold arrow matches up with the socket too, if you have to force it in, youre doing it wrong, it will just "plop" in there and you press the ZIF (zero insertion force) arm down to lock it in place.

same goes for ram.
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post #10 of 21
my first build too.... to bad my psu is on fire... so i need a new one
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