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Beginners Guides: Assembling Your Own PC

Beginners Guides: Assembling Your Own PC - PCSTATS
Abstract: Assembling your own PC is not hard. Modern computer systems are designed to be easy to fit together, and they are.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jul 28 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Building the computer, first steps

Step 1: Preparing the case.

Remove the empty computer case from its packaging. Unscrew and remove both side panels, and take out any items that may be inside. Lay the case down flat on your workspace, so that the mounting space for the motherboard is facing up (see pic 1).

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Step 2: Installing motherboard risers.

You need to determine if the case has the appropriate risers installed. Risers, or spacers, keep the motherboard from touching the metal surfaces of the case after it is installed, avoiding a short-circuit and a wrecked computer.

Risers are your friends. Any new case will include some form of riser, metal or plastic. See the picture below for typical examples. They may or may not be pre-installed into the case.

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Remove your motherboard from its packaging and lower it into the case.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Assembling Your Own PC
 Pg 2.  Where to begin, and ESD worries
 Pg 3.  Handling Components Correctly
 Pg 4.  — Building the computer, first steps
 Pg 5.  Installing the Motherboard, CPU
 Pg 6.  Attaching the Heatsink
 Pg 7.  Installing RAM Memory
 Pg 8.  Mounting the Motherboard
 Pg 9.  Installing a Floppy Drive
 Pg 10.  Adding a Hard Drive
 Pg 11.  Hard Drives and Cables
 Pg 12.  Adding a CDROM
 Pg 13.  Getting Sound from a CDROM
 Pg 14.  Adding an Expansion Card
 Pg 15.  Troubleshooting

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