Have you ever wanted to know what exactly is involved in a computer build? Well, look no further. This instructable highlights what actions are needed to carry out a successful computer build.
You will need:
- Thermal Paste
- Non-magnetic crosshead and flathead screwdrivers.
- Motherboard (We will be
- Processor Compatible with motherboard ( We will be using an AMD A6 7400K Radeon R5 and compatible motherboard)
- Processor heatsink and fan
- Compatible power supply (We will be using 24-pin ATX)
- Ground Strap
- (Optional) Insulated Place mat
- Hard disk
- Installation Media for OS of your choice
- Peripherals such as Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor.
- Various Cables (SATA, VGA/DVI/HDMI)
- RAM compatible with motherboard and processor
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Step 1: Ground Yourself!
Grounding is extremely advised, as without doing so, you will damage components susceptible to ESD (Electrostatic Discharge). Please be careful.
ALWAYS make sure that the grounding strap metal is in contact with your skin, and attached to an unpainted metal surface using the alligator clip.
Step 2: Get Your Motherboard and Processor Working.
The motherboard above is what will be picture through the rest of the instructable.
We will be inserting the processor in the next step.
Step 3: Seat the Processor.
lift the small lever on the processor socket, so we can lock the processor in.
Making sure not to bend any pins, align the little arrow on the processor with the little arrow on the socket.
The processor should just drop in.
At which point you can push and lock the lever in it's original position.
Add a very small bit of thermal paste to the processor, then attach the heat sink and fan
Don't forget connect the CPU fan to the marked connector.
Step 4: Attach the Speaker, If Any, and the Graphics Card.
With most computers with on-board speakers, external speakers aren't usually included. But you would want the speaker to be on the pins marked with 'speaker', and make sure the power leads are in the needed position.
The graphics card should be inserted with a slot like in the picture above, and seated completely. It may jut out a little bit while not in the case, but it shouldn't be a problem for the moment.
Step 5: Attach RAM in Corresponding Slots.
These should be marked on the motherboard. Make sure the notch in the RAM stick itself lines up with the raised notch in the slot. Make sure the RAM is completely locked in.
Step 6: Power Supply.
The power supply cables and slots are keyed, so it is highly unlikely that we could put the connectors in backwards.
Connect the 24 pin connector to the corresponding slot, and connect the 4 pin to the corresponding slot, as well.
Step 7: What It Should Look Like Now, and How to Test.
For the moment, it should look like the board in the picture or similar. With a power supply plugged in.
On the motherboard, find two pins with the markings of [+ pwr -], and connect a flat head screwdriver to the both of them until the fans start up. You should see the splash screen of the BIOS show up, and the speaker should beep twice. This is called POST.
NOTE: Not all computers post beep. Don't panic if yours doesn't.
Step 8: The Case, and the SATA Cables.
The case should come with screws and mounts, so the motherboard doesn't short out or bounce around in the case.
Using crosshead screwdriver, mount the motherboard and power supply so that the peripheral connectors correspond with the case.
Don't forget to plug in the front sound, power button, and front USB ports via the connectors in the case.
Connect SATA power from the power supply to the hard disk, and the smaller SATA cable to the motherboard and the hard disk. These should both lock in.
Step 9: Test Your PC Once More.
Make sure it turns on with the power button, POSTs, and responds with the keyboard and mouse. Install your OS, and enjoy your computer!
I hope you found this to be remotely useful.