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