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Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC

Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC - PCSTATS
Abstract: Computers are a perfect fit for the entertainment room, and building a home theatre PC is not more difficult than assembling a standard system - as long as you have the right components for the task.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jan 20 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Installing the CPU - Continued

Holding the processor by its sides, orient it so that the two socket extensions will fit into the two notches on the processor. Lower the processor gently and vertically down into the socket, ensuring that it is lowered straight and sits evenly. There are two gaps in the plastic wall of the socket that provide space for your fingers as you lower the chip, so use them.

Once the chip is correctly seated in its socket, apply a small blob of thermal paste to the middle of the processor and spread it out with the edge of a credit card or other flat tool so that it forms an even, thin layer on the surface of the chip.

Now remove the protective plastic cover and close the metal load plate. It will not close completely, as you can see below.

Press one finger down gently on the load plate where it is not completely closed, then rotate the metal lever down towards the closed position with your other hand. Push it down and away from the socket until you can fit it under its retention clip. Securing the lever under the retention clip will fasten the load plate correctly and should cause the plastic protective cover to come loose if you haven't already removed it.

If the plastic cover does not come loose, you can safely remove it now by prising it away from the load plate with your finger. In either case, remove and save the plastic protective cover for later. The processor is now properly installed and ready for the heatsink to be seated.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS DIY Guide
 Pg 1.  Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
 Pg 2.  Ingredients for a Good HTPC
 Pg 3.  Choosing The Video Card
 Pg 4.  Installing the processor
 Pg 5.  — Installing the CPU - Continued
 Pg 6.  Installing the heatsink
 Pg 7.  Installing the DDR Memory
 Pg 8.  Installing hard drives and optical drives
 Pg 9.  Connecting data cables
 Pg 10.  Installing the video card and tv tuner
 Pg 11.  Identifying and connecting the rear ports
 Pg 12.  Connecting the computer to the TV
 Pg 13.  Connecting the Television signal to the TV-tuner
 Pg 14.  Tweaking Windows XP for TV display

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