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Personally i do the PSU, HDD, and CDROM First, then put in the steds for the Mobo, secure it down install the cpu/ram/Gpu. Then install all of the extra things like fans, ETC
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meh, what do i know. do as you see fit.
     
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Originally Posted by Sircles View Post
i think this may be personal preference of me, but its easier to do it all outside the case i.e. cpu + cooler then its easier to move aroudn and get to bits the back plate wont drop out of postion etc, and it can be horrible to tr and screw in a cpu heatsink when theres fan cables etc knocking around. it just means you have easier access to everything.

so, prep the case
1.add hdds + odds and move the front panel plugs behind the mobo tray or just out the way. + put stand offs in etc.
2. do the motherboard stuff, cpu - heatsink - ram or ram then heat sink depending on clearance.
3. chuck the mobo in, (well, dont chuck it) screw it all in.
4.put the PSU in and then route cables, plug them in, then cable tie. and then sata /IDE
5. last put in expansion cards/gpus. plug in, done.
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Yeah, I said I install CPU/RAM/CPU cooler outside of the case.
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meh, what do i know. do as you see fit.
Its totally up for grabs at this point... simply my advice on my most recent cases.

I had an antec 900 a while back where the tuniq tower would block the motherboard screw holes and literally end up less than 1/4 inch from a fan and the top of the case. Not to mention it wouldnt drop straight in unless everything else was removed.

On the other hand, my Lian Li has an easily removable top of the case and plenty of space, so I can literally take any piece in or out whenever I want... It was easier to leaktest my CPU block totally out of the case and then just put the entire loop into the case already assembled.

I changed my post in saying the PSU first simple because things arent all equal. If your upgrading obviously you PSU may already be routed in well and may not be modular. on the flip side, starting from scratch you can put the PSU in dead last if you really wanted to.

This order of operations business only really applies to small mid-towers and similar. On larger full towers, you have the freedom to do what you want.
    
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post #24 of 25
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This order of operations business only really applies to small mid-towers and similar. On larger full towers, you have the freedom to do what you want.
to true *hear hear*
     
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post #25 of 25
Well......all the advice given here is damn good so let me sum it up:
1) Place CPU in mobo
2)Place mobo in case (only if installing RAM first) and be sure to put as many standoffs as you can, and if there are holes left make sure to re-arrange stoffs to minimize damage or bending to your board
3)Depending on the clearence of your mobo decide whether or not to install RAM or HSF first
4)If installing HSF first locate the backplate and place it on BEFORE putting the heatsink on, back when i was doing my first build i had the entire computer set up and saved the HSF for last as a finishing touch, didnt know i had to put the backplate in and had to take EVERYTHING out
5)If installing ram first make sure to install in opposite DIMM or TIMM? slots, i.e. 1 and 3 or 2 and 4 or 1 3 5 or 2 4 6 some mobos are tempermental where you place em so a safe bet is to start with the evens
6)Place HDD's and DVD's in case
7)If using an aftermarket GPU place that in there last to make sure there is room enough for the power cables (if you need any) and the HDD/DVD drive cables'
8)Place in PSU and wire it all up, if she posts pat yourself on the back and move onto fine tuning, fan placements, cable managment, airflow managment, other little tweaks that you might find out.
Hope this helps, and im still new too, my first build was over the summer in june, but i didnt know about this site then so i flew that one solo, luckily i didnt make any mistakes that damaged my hardware, i also flew my first OC solo without any websites. Ive only built 2 computers in my life this one and one for my friend and it only gets easier, but remember if somthing doesnt work try troublshooting for yourself first before coming here for questions thats what i did when i had trouble with my freinds rig i find that when i answer my own question i actually learn why and how somthing works rather then just how to stop it from being dumb.
Edited by Smoblikat - 2/7/11 at 5:14pm
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