Introduction: How to Put Together a Computer

Putting together a computer can be fun and easy!

all you need is:

  1. Anti-static mat
  2. Anti-static wrist strap
  3. Motherboard
  4. Heat sink
  5. Power Supply
  6. Graphics card
  7. Case
  8. Hard drive
  9. RAM

Step 1: Safety First

Place down anti-static pad and put on your anti-static wrist strap

Step 2: Open Your Supplies

Open all boxes and check to make sure you have everything you need:

  1. Motherboard
  2. Heat sink
  3. Power Supply
  4. Graphics card
  5. Case
  6. Hard drive
  7. RAM

Step 3: Putting in the Processor

  1. Lift up handle on the left side of the processor slot
  2. Put in the processor by lining up the triangles
  3. Put down the handle

Step 4: Put in the Heat Sink

  1. Put thermal paste on on bottom of the heat sink if needed
  2. Place the heat sink on top of the processor
  3. Lock down the handle and make sure it is secure
  4. Plug in the 4-pin connector into the motherboard

Step 5: Put in the RAM

  1. Take your RAM and push it in the DIMM slot until you hear a click

Step 6: Put in Graphics Card

  1. Push in your graphics card into the PCI slot

Step 7: Plug in the Power Supply

  1. Take the powersupply
  2. Plug the 4 and 6 pin connector into the motherboard

Step 8: Testing Your Components

  1. Plug in your power supply
  2. Plug in your VGA cable to your graphics card
  3. Turn on your monitor and turn on your power supply
  4. Touch the two pins nest to where it says pw in really small letters to turn the power on (if it doesn't work: Go back and troubleshoot what components are not working)
  5. Your monitor should come up with a boot menu

Step 9: Time to Put Your Components in a Case

Now that we know your components are all working, it is time to put them all into the case.

  1. Turn off your monitor as well as unplug your power supply from the motherboard
  2. Unscrew one side of the case
  3. Place motherboard in and screw it down
  4. Place your power supply in the corner and screw it down as well
    1. Plug the 4 and 6 pin connectors back into the motherboard
  5. Plug in the cables that go with your USB drives and power button
  6. Plug in your speaker that allows you to hear a beep when something is wrong with your computer
  7. Take your hard drive and undo a big red twisty button
    1. Put your hard drive in
    2. Screw it in
  8. Place the case cover back on
  9. Flip your case over
  10. Unscrew that side of the case
  11. Finish screwing in your hard drive