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Okay so Im making this post as a backup plan really. I mean I think I can do it but you never know. Im famous for running into snags.
Case: Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black
CPU: AMD Phenom X6 1090 Thurban
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula (possible NB overheating)
GPU: Sapphire HD 6950
RAM: 4 gigs
Hard Drive: 2.5" SATA (to save some money)
Diskdrive: Cheap one
PSU: 650w Corsair

Okay so is there anything I should know before starting? I know about static damage. Ive looked on how to apply the cpu thermal paste and heatsink. What else do I need to be prepared for? Do I just install all the parts and cut the computer on and install operating system and go from there?
I plan on checking the temps and everything then overclocking afterwards even though I have no experience. This is for my senior experience project.
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static damage is hogwash. like you said after you install parts turn it on and go into bios and set cd drive a boot device then put in windows cd and instal,l once you are done turn boot device back to hard drive and there ya go!
    
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Make sure you install the stand-offs. Everything else is straight forward.
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Nice build! Installation is all pretty straight-forward. As mrwalker said, remember your motherboard standoffs!

And unless you've been moonwalking on thick carpet all day while wearing wool socks I wouldn't worry too much about ESD.
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Okay thanks, everyone has been confusing me with talk of flashing bios and booting bios from a usb and all kinds of other things. I didnt want to start with absolutely no idea of the obstacles I might have to overcome.
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no worries about flashing the bios just yet. Once you are more comfortable with everything and IF you see a need to flash the bios we can figure that out then.
    
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Force GT(os) M4 64gb(games) f3 1tb(other) Samsung Windows 7 64bit Samsung BX2450 
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Originally Posted by microman View Post
static damage is hogwash. like you said after you install parts turn it on and go into bios and set cd drive a boot device then put in windows cd and instal,l once you are done turn boot device back to hard drive and there ya go!
Laf!

I have seen A-Plenty of rather expensive avionics get bricked from ESD. Always ground yourself to your working parts, a little copper wire is plenty enough... especially if your slapping this thing together on the living room carpet.
 
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
B2230 Logitech G15 w/ LCD TPX-775M NZXT Phantom White 
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Where would I go to find info on overclocking and benchmark testing. I know nothing about either one. I mean I've seen some videos for overclocking and Im sure it wont be to hard but is there a guide for my specific parts? I know my board has an auto overclock button but I want to get the most out of it and learn more about it.
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