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Getting ready to start a new build, have all the parts. Have built a couple machines before, and there are always things that I forget- like to put the CPU heat sink on BEFORE I attach the motherboard.

Just curious, but is there a standard order for installing stuff? Like PSU first, then drives, then mobo etc? Or is it just a go for it kind of thing.

Also I want to make sure I get the airflow right on this one- what is the recommended airflow for an antec mini p180?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8
normally I do it in this order.

Install cpu, and heatsink.
install ram.
install PSU into the case.
install the hard drive into the case.
install the motherboard into the case, route all cables and use zip ties.
hookup any remaining parts.
post #3 of 8
There is no standard building order, it really depends on what parts you are using. Generally what I do is
-install CPU, heatsink, and RAM onto the motherboard
-install all the drives
-install motherboard
-install PSU, route power cables
-route SATA data cables
-install GPU and fans, finish cable management

Always double and triple check all power and data cable connections. Also with brand new hardware I would test to make sure the system POSTs before doing final cable management.

As for the P180 I believe most people have the front fans as intake and rear and top fans as exhaust.
     
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I don't think there is a standard order for installation. I usually put the PSU in first, then open the motherboard box and install CPU and the heatsink's brackets. Then I put the mobo in, followed by securing the heatsink to the brackets. Then I put a stick of RAM in to see if it posts.

The rest of the stuff I sort of toss in randomly.

My least favorite parts are the 24 pin power cable, putting the board on the standoffs, and closing the "back" side of the case (where the cables are hidden.)
    
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Also, make sure you only install the needed standoffs.
Those are the little extensions you screw into the case to mount the motherboard.

Make sure you only install the ones needed to match up with the holes in the MB.
Sometimes there is an extra unneeded standoff at the back of the case that is not needed and it can cause a short to ground.
    
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depending on the chassis you are installing everything... your order will differ.

eg..

the elite 335 chassis i had to install the psu then. cpu in mobo. cooler. then mobo into chassis. then hdd.s, then ram.. then gpu and then cables from there onwards.

the 932... what ever order i want and doing cable managment as i go..... that thing is so big it does not matter. (is a pain in the ass if i do lan partys).
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I'd first recommend doing a little lite reading of every components manual (case included) just to make sure nothing unusual is noted, also checkout the threads for each component for any issues others may have encountered.

Verify all items come complete, i'd suck to be mid build and findout that your PSU is missing a cable you need (i actual saw this in a thread)

Pick a day to assemble when no one is around and give yourself plenty of time to assemble it or plan to do it over the course of a few days if needed.

Make sure you have room to work and have any tools needed.

DO NOT bring ANY FOODs OR DRINKS around the build area. Eat and drink elsewhere, the system will still be there when you return.

Not trying to be insulting or question anyones common sense but its called an "accident" for a reason.


For installation, I'd recommend connecting any cables to the motherboard right after you install it, this will make connecting wires much easier, even a PSU, either top or bottom mount, could make it harded to connect wires along the edge of the MB.

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It's what makes sense to you really. I just built my system in this order:

Painted interior of case
Attach mounting plate for H70 on MB
Install PSU
removed rear fan
Install Memory
Install MB risers into case
Install MB
Install H70 Fan/Rad assembly
Install C300's
Install HD (But didn't run cables yet)
Installed 1/2 GPU
Raid 0 the 2 C300's (Windows automatically aligned and formated before install)
Installed Windows 7 and then SP1 immediately after
Installed drivers from MD disk
Ran Windows update
Installed 2 HD's Raid 0 (Formated in Windows)
Flashed 1st GPU from 6950 to 6970
Uninstalled 1st GPU, installed 2nd GPU and flashed it
Reinstalled 2nd GPU and crossfired
Made windows tweeks

Ready to OC now...kinda nervous about that to be honest.

Good luck and hope this helps.

*Note: and as Lorderl says above....I read, read, and read some more before I even started. I had already downloaded some stuff I knew I would need and organized a plan. I'm glad I did.
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