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Hello everyone, after a talk with my dad, he says that I messed up my last build and he wants to pay some guy at a local computer shop $80.00 so I can build it with him. I could get a much needed SSD with $80.00, and he's opting to have some guy build me a computer and he'd probably drop the processor anyway. So, I responded, "I'll post a thread, and I'll list every step I take when I build the computer. If I am doing it right, then you owe me $80.00."

Now, I know how my board died, I am pretty sure it as I did not install standoffs (HERPA DERP) below my board but this time I am determined to do everything right. Here it goes:

1. I take my empty case and remove both side panels.
2. I install my DVD drive and my hard drives, spacing the hard drives so they get enough airflow.
3. I screw in the DVD drive.
4. I install case fans, screw them in.
5. *new* I install all motherboard standoffs except 2. For one of the slots where there is no standoff, I have a little rubber thing. For the other, I have nothing(is this bad?) and the slot is just there with nothing in it.
6. I install the power supply. I take a look at the cables I will be needing and plug them in.
7. I route power button, reset button, HDD LEDs, fan connections, and other small wires through the back of the case.
8. I route power supply wires through the back of the case, but only the 24 pin and SATA power connectors. SATA.
8. All fans powered by 4 pin Molexes are plugged in now. SATA hard drives and my DVD drive are plugged in also(power wise).
9. I unbox my motherboard with great care. I install RAM, the CPU, and the CPU cooler while the board is in the box. I then install the motherboard. All but 2 slots on the motherboard for screws are screwed into the standoffs. One slot that has not been screwed in has a rubber thing which will touch the motherboard(is this bad?). The other is bare with nothing in it(is this bad?)
10. I install the graphics card. I make sure both of the screws are screwed in tight and that the card is fully emerged into the PCI-E X16 slot.
11. I plug in the EPS12V and 24 pin into the motherboard.
12. I plug in the power button connector and HDD LED into the motherboard.
13. I connect SATA devices into the SATA 6GBPS ports via the supplied SATA cables.
14. I plug in all fans needing motherboard connection, making sure the connector does not bend the fan pins on the board.
15. I put on the side panels.
16. I make sure there are no paperclips or any sort of metal on my case.
17. I plug in the power supply and change the switch to the "I" position. I make sure I am using a surge protector.
18. I press the power button.

Is there anything I am doing wrong? Thanks!
    
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post #2 of 25
From a quick scan, put in your PSU first, route your cables, then put in your motherboard, dvd drives, hard drives should go last as they are really least important to cable management.
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sounds good lol basicly its common sense if it looks wrong or doesnt fit right(ie you have to force it in) your doing it wrong..... and you should use the supplied standoffs in every hole your motherboard has for them...
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
From a quick scan, put in your PSU first, route your cables, then put in your motherboard, dvd drives, hard drives should go last as they are really least important to cable management.
Once I see the system powers on, I shut it of and start cable management.
    
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sounds good lol basicly its common sense if it looks wrong or doesnt fit right(ie you have to force it in) your doing it wrong..... and you should use the supplied standoffs in every hole your motherboard has for them...
Yeah I lost a couple... Like I said, I have one rubber thing and I can probably find another. Rubber touching to board while it's on wont hurt, right?
    
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post #6 of 25
It appears to me from the wording of item 5 you might be installing standoffs in more holes then needed, most cases are marked for where to put standoffs for what version of atx board you are using. Just throwing it out there and you might already know but do not put standoffs where your mobo does not have a corresponding hole. Doing so could cause a short and ruin the board.
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post #7 of 25
To respond to step five, move the stand-offs around so that the empty holes are in the places with the least pressure, places where you wont be plugging things in or putting things on to preent snapping of your board.
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post #8 of 25
I'd say your dad is being a little harsh with you. Sounds like you've got it all pretty nailed, mate. It's really hard to mess up building a computer (missing the stand off screws is a common first timer mistake! Nothing to be ashamed of!).

A good piece of advice I can give you is definately read the quick install instructions for most peices of hardware if you're totally unsure.

Also, build up the computer on a cardboard box. As in, build it up outside of the case to make sure it all works first. Then pop it in the case bit by bit.
    
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post #9 of 25
your right however you dont need them. just make sure that non of the board touces anything on the case or metal. It will short and your dad would get pissed lol
post #10 of 25
Looks fine to me, even though I personally don't use DVD drives
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