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1 Build Your Own Computer Ed Evans Information in this presentation Copyright 2005 PC Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from

2 Steps In Building Your Own PC 1.Purchase/Collect The Components 2.Case Preparation 3.Configure Your Motherboard 4.Install the CPU 5.Install Memory 6.Install the Motherboard 7.Configure the Hard Drive & CD-ROM 8.Mount Hard Drive 9.Install the Floppy & CD- ROM 10.Connect the Floppy Drive 11.Connect the Hard Drive & CD-ROM 12.Install The Video Card

3 Purchase/Collect The Components Case  considerations: AT vs. ATX, where will it be stored, power supply Motherboard Processor  considerations: speed, fan Memory Video Card

4 Purchase/Collect The Components Removable Storage Hard drive Sound card CD-ROM/DVD Keyboard/Mouse Drive cables Audio cable

5 Purchase/Collect The Components Screws System Disk

6 Case Preparation Review Screw Supply  Chassis screws  Smaller screws  Standoffs  Washers

7 Case Preparation Clean Case Inspect the Power Supply Inspect Power Switch Install Feet Install Case Fan Configure the LED Free Up the Drive Bays

8 Configure Your Motherboard Read the Manual Set the voltage settings Set the processor speed

9 Install the CPU

10 Install the RAM Decide which slots you are going to use and orient the memory module over it. Install the Module. Lock the module in place.

11 Install the Motherboard Locate the holes on the motherboard and the holes on the case or motherboard mounting plate. Gather spacers and screw them into the motherboard holes that will be used. Slide the motherboard into the case. Inspect the screws you will use to tighten the board down. If the head of the screws are too wide, and you think they might contact any circuitry on the motherboard, place a plastic washer over each hole.

12 Install the Motherboard Inspect the screws you will use to tighten the board down. If the head of the screws are too wide, and you think they might contact any circuitry on the motherboard, place a plastic washer over each hole. Tighten the board down.

13 Hook the Motherboard to the Case Connect the power to the motherboard. Connect the CPU fan to the power. Match case connectors on the motherboard with case connector wires. Connect the power switch. Connect the reset switch. Connect Power LED Connect the hard drive activity LED. Connect the PC speaker.

14 Configure the Hard Drive & CD-ROM The motherboard has 2 IDE channels that each support 2 devices. If you put 2 devices on the first IDE channel, the first device (the one with your operating system) will be the “master.” The 2 nd device will be the slave. The same goes for the 2 nd IDE channel. Generally, it is a good idea to put hard drives on 1 IDE channel and CD-ROMs on the 2 nd IDE channel.

15 Mount Hard Drive A power supply is like a magnet, and magnets and your data do not go together. Don't install a hard drive anywhere near the power supply. Keep your hard drive near the front of the case. Slide the hard drive into an available drive rail of the case. Screw the drive into place. Remember, power connectors face the back.

16 Install the Floppy and CD-ROM Remove the drive bay cover. Slide the drive in from the front. Screw the drive into place. Make sure the front of the drive is flush with the case.

17 Connect the Floppy Drive Connect the power supply to the floppy drive. Attach the Ribbon Cable. Floppy cables have a twist in the cable. A: drive goes after the twist. If you have a second B: drive, this goes before the twist. You do not need to mess with master/slave jumpers.

18 Connect the Hard Drive & CD-ROM Attach the power cables. Attach the ribbon cable to the hard drive. The ribbon cable goes from the primary IDE controller of the motherboard to the drive. Make sure the red edge of the ribbon cable is in line with Pin 1 on the drive. If you can’t see Pin 1 marked, then it is the pin closest to the power connector. Attach the audio cable to the CD-ROM.

19 Install the Video Card Find an expansion slot ideal for your video card. Remove the case insert that corresponds to the slot on the motherboard. Insert the video card in the slot. Screw the card into place.

20 Other Information Places to Buy PC Components   Component or Computer Reviews  Tom’s Hardware –  PC Magazine –  PC Mechanic –


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