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Well, it's almost complete. Over the last week, I've received most of my computer's components (waiting on my motherboard still). Anyways, I'm going to be building my own computer for the first time.

The reason I'm making this thread, is to ask for some suggestions/help. Being that I've never built my own computer before.. I don't have a clue what I would need. I've heard about antistatic gloves/wristbands and mats. Should I buy any of them? Maybe buy some kind of rubber mat?

If you have any suggestions or information you would like to give me before I build my pc... It would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Make sure to use the brass standoffs between your case and motherboard. I personally don't use any antistatic, but make sure not to rub any wool sweaters, carpet, or cats before I work. I just plug in my power supply and touch the case to discharge myself if I am worried about it. I suggest a flashlight, too. It is no fun trying to plug in the LED/Power cables. Good luck! Once you build, you won't go back.
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post #3 of 17

I was on the same boat a month ago. what helped me out a lot before i did my first build, was grabbing my old desktop taking it apart and putting it back to together and making sure it worked.

If you are as clueless as I was when I started this will this guy will help you out a lot.


there's 1-22 parts

he talks about how to ground yourself properly when you get into the before the build starts part.
Edited by Hawk-M1 - 1/13/11 at 3:54pm
post #4 of 17
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Make sure to use the brass standoffs between your case and motherboard.
I really can't stress this one enough. Every time I see someone come here who has never built before and the subject is "help! Turned computer on and saw spark and smell burning!!" I cringe. I want you to dream about those tiny little standoffs from now until you build.
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I really can't stress this one enough. Every time I see someone come here who has never built before and the subject is "help! Turned computer on and saw spark and smell burning!!" I cringe. I want you to dream about those tiny little standoffs from now until you build.
Don't all cases nowa days come with these as standard? if not there mad!!

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I was on the same boat a month ago. what helped me out a lot before i did my first build, was grabbing my old desktop taking it apart and putting it back to together and making sure it worked.
This is always the best way to learn! Take one part apart each time and mark down/familiarise yourself with everything. Then try and re-build everything.

Start with putting everything together outside the case to make sure everything powers up and works. Then re-build it in the case.
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Don't all cases nowa days come with these as standard? if not there mad!!
Of course they all come with them. They don't have them screwed in already, though. Most people who don't know what they're doing see a picture of the inside of a computer somewhere and just assume that you screw the mobo directly onto the backplate of the case.
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Of course they all come with them. They don't have them screwed in already, though. Most people who don't know what they're doing see a picture of the inside of a computer somewhere and just assume that you screw the mobo directly onto the backplate of the case.
Guilty as charged. Took me an hour to figure out what I had done wrong and why it was shorting out lol.

I'm surprised my p35 worked after that
Edited by justarealguy - 1/14/11 at 1:22pm
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Remember to oooo and aaahhh over all the shiny parts when you pull them out of the box! It is my favorite part.

And Go slow, nothing every needs to be forced, despite how inconceivably difficult it might at first seem.
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Yeah and also try to align the holes in your mobo with the proper standoff hoes since all mobos are not the same. You don't want a brass standoff without a matching hole or it will likely cause a short. In most Tech circles it is not commonly considered routine maintenance "to let the smoke out"
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post #10 of 17
Even though RAM needs some pressure to click it in, be careful. Using too much force might result in you punching your motherboard.
I don't think it's too wise to put any of the parts on a bed, floor, etc.. Use a desk if you can. And if the parts are out of your system, place them on their antistatic packaging. Hold the CPU from the edges, not from above/below. Avoid hitting the pins on the cpu.
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