Are you a PC building virgin?
Don't worry we all had our first time and it really
isn't the black art you might think it is. Today
Driver Heaven shows you how to pop your electronic
cherry and by following our step by step guide
you will no longer be a slave to overpriced OEM
PC systems. Combine this with the ultimate satisfaction
you can get from building your own machine and
it is a guide well worth reading!
Before assembling a PC you’ll
obviously need all the PC components. To build
a basic system you’re going to need the
- a computer case,
- a motherboard,
- memory sticks,
- a CPU and a CPU cooler,
- a hard drive,
- an optical drive (CD/DVD-Rom) and
- a Power Supply Unit.
You’ll also need screwdrivers.
Usually a Philips type screwdriver is all that
is needed to get the job done. Having some cable
ties ready will also come in handy towards the
end of the building process. We would also recommend
having some thermal grease ready, though you can
avoid using it when building a PC with a brand
new CPU and CPU fan.
Before building your new PC you
might want to get acquainted with the motherboard
first, especially if this is your first attempt
at building your own rig.
2- PCI-E slot
3- PCI slots
4- Floppy drive connector
5- SATA connectors
6- System panel connector
7- IDE connector
8- 24 pin power connector
9- DIMM slots
10 -12V power connector
can get more information about what the rest of
the connectors on your motherboard are in the
manual you received with it, but the list above
should cover all the basics. Once you are familiar
with what is what on the board it is time to get
the show on the road.
you can start installing the various PC components
into the case, it is usually a good idea to make
some preparations. The first step you should take
here is to dismantle the case so you’ll
have access to everything. Removing the side covers
is a must and you should also remove the front
cover if possible. The case we will be using in
this guide has a removable front cover, which
will be important later when installing the optical
above pictures show our case with every possible
cover removed. The cables that can be seen in
the first and third picture are the front panel
connectors, the case fan cables and the front
USB and audio jack cables. Most if not all newer
computer cases come with at least one case fan
as part of the package (installing these fans
takes only a few seconds). Depending on the layout
of your case you might want to install the fans
before you insert anything else into the case,
avoiding the risk of damaging something during
the fan installation. On the other hand you might
have an easier time installing the motherboard
if the back fan isn’t in place, as you will
have more room to position the board.
your case is ready it is time to install the copper
mounting screws. They are an integral part of
the whole setup, as they are the only thing that
separates your brand new motherboard from the
cold metallic embrace of the case. Failing to
install the mounting screws correctly will ensure
that your motherboard will get fried
the moment you start up your system.
how to decide how many screws to use and where
to put them? Have a look at your motherboard.
You should see 6 to 9 holes positioned around
the motherboard, usually 3 in a line from one
side of the board to the other. As always, reading
the manual to find the exact number and location
of these holes is recommended. Once you know how
many screws you will need and where to put them
it’s time to get to work.
help you figure out which holes in the case you
should use for the screws (sometimes there are
as many as 20 holes available) you should put
the motherboard in its place, holding it an inch
or so above the case. Make a mental image of which
holes in the case match the holes in the board
and put the motherboard back into a safe place.
Using the mental image you just made, screw in
all the mounting screws into the appropriate spots.
Once done you should once again place the motherboard
into the case and double check that all of the
mounting screws match the board holes. You have
to be very careful here, as just one screw in
the wrong place can lead to an untimely death
of your motherboard. That said, don’t panic,
just take it slowly, this isn’t a speed