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I've never fully assembled a PC on my own, so I don't know how hard it is. I want to move all my stuff from my NZXT Apollo to my 690II Advanced.

Is there a guide anywhere on how to do this? I'm terrible with PC's, so I don't want to mess anything up (This is coming from the guy who tried to force a stick of RAM into a PCI slot when he was 10)
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+1 for forcing ram into a PCI slot.... Anyways, if you were to find guides they would be not be that clear enough for you. I suggest finding someone that knows how to do that, and have them do it for you.... You might be able to take it to a computer tech store and they MIGHT be able to help you. Good Luck though.
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+1 for forcing ram into a PCI slot.... Anyways, if you were to find guides they would be that clear enough for you. I suggest finding someone that knows how to do that, and have them do it for you.... You might be able to take it to a computer tech store and they MIGHT be able to help you. Good Luck though.
I would rather not do that, since I have other things to spend money on these days. However, I can do the basic things like removing a heatsink, changing RAM/CPU/CPU, etc. I'm just not entirely sure I can move all the hardware to a new PC.

How long would it take an experienced person to do this anyway, and what safety precautions should I take?
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Ok make sure you have PC tools..like the smaller screw drivers and all, along with a pair of anti static gloves. It is not hard to build a PC but you just need to make sure you have your procedures right.

Check out this basic PC build step by step procedure before you go abouts transfering your components.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/13671

Ask more questions here on OCN if you're stuck...dont force anything.
    
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Ok make sure you have PC tools..like the smaller screw drivers and all, along with a pair of anti static gloves. It is not hard to build a PC but you just need to make sure you have your procedures right.

Check out this basic PC build step by step procedure before you go abouts transfering your components.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/13671

Ask more questions here on OCN if you're stuck...dont force anything.
Antistatic gloves? I have one of those wristbands if that is what you mean. I usually just hook it to the metal part of my bedframe when I want to fiddle with components.
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This is also a good video to watch to get your preperation down before you take on this project.

    
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This is coming from the guy who tried to force a stick of RAM into a PCI slot
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Antistatic gloves? I have one of those wristbands if that is what you mean. I usually just hook it to the metal part of my bedframe when I want to fiddle with components.
I guess that could work. But I was referring to something like this.

    
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It should be fairly easy mate, just take your time. Everything will only fit into one slot, if you feel like you're having to force anything too hard then you probably are and it's not meant to be there.

Take a good picture of the components in your current case, so that you can see everything - You'll be able to refer to this later if you get stuck. Dissasemble and remove the components from the current case and start carefully installing them into the new case.

I find it's easier to start by throwing in the optical and hard drives, followed by the PSU (Power Supply Unit) and then the motherboard. All the power connections will only fit where they are meant to, sometimes they can need a tiny amount of force to go, but not alot. You should be able to look and see if the connection will or will not fit.

You can leave the RAM, CPU and CPU cooler all installed on the motherboard when removing and installing it to save hassle and time, the only thing you'll need to connect back to the mobo is your GPU (again, will only fit in the right slot), SATA/IDE cables (these should be very easy) and power connections.

You can only learn by doing and if you take care there's not alot that can go wrong really. Good luck, have fun

EDIT: Takes me a couple of hours with advanced cable management, if I wasn't so fussy about that then I could knock them off in an hour easily.
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lol...don't trash his pc building confidence. You can do it...just get your game plan and prep right. You'll learn a lot.
    
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