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Title: How To Build a Desktop PC
Post by: never on March 16, 2016, 05:26:00 pm
Hello, since there is no tutorial on anything related to building a computer on this forum, i have decided to help out and make one. Bear in mind that this is the most basic build and it does not include extras such as Wi-Fi or CD/DVD Player.

BEFORE STARTING

Besides a screwdriver, you will need several components to have before beginning the build:

-Motherboard
-CPU
-Power Supply Unit
-RAM Card
-GPU Card
-HDD or SSD.
-A suitable Desktop box (case) that will fit the components.
-Connector cables (Sata, etc.)
-CPU Cooler
-Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse with connecting cables.

IMPORTANT:
MAKE SURE ALL OF THE COMPONENTS YOU HAVE CHOSEN ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE MOTHERBOARD.
MAKE SURE THE COMPONENTS ARE COMPATIBLE BETWEEN ONE ANOTHER(FOR EXAMPLE IF YOUR POWER SUPPLY UNIT IS 200W AND YOUR GPU USES 150W THERE WILL BE NO POWER FOR OTHER COMPONENTS TO RUN. FOR SOLUTION CHECK THE RECCOMENDATIONS ON YOUR COMPONENTS' MANUALS)


Step 0 - Insert the motherboard onto the Desktop Box

Since the desktop box has to contain the motherboard first, you should unscrew it and place the motherboard onto the motherboard slot. You will recognize the slot by attaching the slot's plate in the rectangular hole at the back of the box. After fitting the plate fit in the motherboard. Make sure all your ports fit in the plate and then screw the motherboard onto the box where able.

Step 1 - Insert the CPU into the motherboard Socket.

Try to be very gentle while adding the CPU to the main motherboard, do not use force and make sure there is no dust and the socket is dry. Disable the socket locking mechanism, insert the CPU and then lock it again.

Step 2 - Insert the CPU cooler in its place.

Usually, coolers come together with processors and they usually come standard with thermal paste. If not, you should look forward to picking up such and insert very little amount on the top of the CPU.

Most coolers have either a lever that fits them into place or custom made mechanisms (See the instructions of your cooler for more info). In case you have a lever, fit the cooler and then slowly rotate the lever to fix it onto the motherboard.

Step 3 - Insert the RAM card onto the motherboard

The motherboard should either have 2 or more slots. You may recognize them from the side levers they have for fixing the RAM in place. To fix the RAM in place pull the levers down, insert the RAM card in the slot accordingly and then pull the levers up.

Step 4 - Isert the GPU (Video Card) into the motherboard

Find the PCI slot on your motherboard. it is an expansion slot which looks similar to the RAM slot. Then you need to unscrew the slot plate to reveal an opening on the back of the box of your PC to make room for the ports of the GPU. After this, it is important to line up the video card carefull onto the PCI slot and then it will automatically fit in the back opening of the box. It should also have a place to be screwed into place with your screwdriver.

Step 5 - Install the HDD or SSD onto the motherboard.

Most cases have drive slots in what is known as their front upper side. They also have screws on them and along with those instructions on how to put the hard drive onto the case in place and fix it via the screws. Insert the hard drive or solid state drive, screw it in and then use a SATA Cable(also comes with the drive itself)  to connect the drive with the motherboard. You should be able to find the SATA slot on your motherboard fairly easy.

Step 6 - Connect the power supply

In case your Desktop box does not come with its own power supply, you should mount one in. Its slot is usually located in the back of the box and on its top. There are also some power supplies located on the bottom. Fit the box so that its power slot and off and on button are exposed and screw it in the Desktop box.

Step 7 - Connect everything into place

Take the cables of your Power Supply unit and connect them as follows:

-The 24-pin power cord to the motherboard.
-Skinny power plugs with no visible pins to the hard drive or the solid drive.
-Molex cables (ones with cylindrical ends) to the CPU cooler plugs.
-Plug the USB cables (black, small with 4 pins) to the motherboard's audio header and so on.
-The smallest cables are for the led lights and other functions. For the header(slot) of those you should have a look at your motherboard's manual.

Now connect the keyboard, mouse and Monitor and the power supply cable to the electricity and you are ALL SET! And do not forget to RTFM OF THE COMPONENTS!

Best Regards,
Never
Title: Re: How To Build a Desktop PC
Post by: Gabriel9999 on May 21, 2019, 11:16:22 am
Thanks for sharing, it worked just fine