Building a Computer

Introduction: Building a Computer

In this instructable I will be assembling a computer from the parts that were available. The parts as well as the tools and work place were provided by the Chandler Tech Shop. To find out more go to

Step 1: Placing the Power Supply

Put the case on its side and in this example place the power supply on the top portion of the case. Position the power supply in such a way that all four screw holes are aligned. Once that is done grab one screw and screw one of them in but keep it loose until all 4 are in place and then tighten all of the screws.

Step 2: Inserting RAM on the Mother Board

Push down the clips for the ram slot that you intend to use. In this instructable I have chosen the yellow slots and I had used both of them. The notch in the ram sticks is not centered so make sure you align the notch with the one in the mother board. Once you align the stick of ram to the slot push it down until you hear a clicking sound and the white tabs go up and into the stick of ram. Do this to other stick of ram.

Step 3: Placing the Mother Board

This case features a mother board tray. Other cases may not feature one but usually there are raised objects with screw holes. These a called risers. This motherboard tray features risers as well. Place the mother board on the tray and make sure that the holes match up to the risers. and screw the mother board in. Place the mother board tray back into the case.

Step 4: Connecting the Front Panel Wires

Since each mother board is different each manufacturer prints out which pins connect to which cables. Follow these as you are connecting. Since the case most likely uses LED's you have to connect the correct polarity which is labeld on the cables as well as the motherboard.

Step 5: Place the Optical Drive in the Case

Place the optical drive in one of the slots in front of the case. Make sure that you can see the screw holes on the side of the case.and secure the drive with screws.

Step 6: Connect the Cables for the Drives and the The Power

Connect the cables to each of the components. from the power to the data cables. For the optical drive the ribbon cable (IDE) has a notch on top of each of the connectors. If you do notice as well is that each of the connectors on the drive and the mother board has a missing section and that is where you put the notch through. The ribbon cable has 3 connectos on it. The side where there are 2 closest together goes to the drive and the other goes to the mother board.

From here connect the power supply. You do not have to worry much about getting the orientation of the cables wrong.since each pin is in a different shape. Keep in mind the notches for the mother board pins and make sure that the clip matches that side. and insert each one until you hear a click sound. There are two of these a 4 pin and a 24 pin one.

With all the cables connected your machine should be complete.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    FYI, this is posted under "Bacon" in the Food category. :-)


    9 years ago

    I would recommend a grounding wrist strap or plug in the power supply after installed to prevent static issues. Always touch something grounded before handling the mobo, memory, cpu, video card, ect to discharge static. Good instructable!