Build Your Own Computer
Before you begin make sure you have all the tools you need and a clean space to work.
Make sure you have all required tools and materials. Unpack the materials once package
at a time and inspect them to make sure they are not broke or defective. Keep all
receipts to insure proper returns if needed. Keep all parts inside their anti-static
bags and gather all support manuals that came with the materials.
• Phillips-head screw driver
• Needlenose pliers
• Anti-Static wrist strap (or ground yourself to metal)
• Large work area
• Electrical tape
• Compressed air
Go to a room with plenty of light and if at all possible... no carpet. Carpet attachs
static electricity and could cause damage to your parts and void warranties. If you have
an extra PC or notebook computer available I suggest leaving them on to find out any
diagrams or manufacturer's notes online.
Step 1: The Case
After you have receive the case you bought, inspect it for damage. Make sure you have
a working power supply and case fans (if applicable). If you did not buy your power supply
with the case then you can see how to install it in the next step.
To access the inside of the case simply unscrew the bindings from the back or unlock
the side door with your key, this all depends on your computer case. Once inside check
and make sure that the drive bays are clear and you can easily access them. Also check
the I/O Shield located on the back of the computer.
The I/O Shield is what you will eventually connect the monitor, USB, mouse / keyboard,
and networking. You may need to switch this out with the I/O Shield that came with your
motherboard if it will not fit properly, but we will discuss this later in the topic.
Step 2: The Power Supply (if already installed skip to step 3)
The power supply is the part that connects your computer to the power outlet in the
wall. NEVER take the power supply apart as it will most likely void the warranty. Inspect
the power supply to make sure the ends are not missing or broke and the red switch is
flipped to 115V (US). You can usually find this switch on the top of the power supply.
It may already be flipped up, if it is then continue on without doing this.
You need to install the power supply from inside the computer. Bundle all the cords
coming from the right of the power supply to keep them out of the way. Insert the power
supply with the 3 prong male power connection facing out (OUTLET <-------- =|[PS}-------->CASE).
Screw the power supply into place using the philips screw driver. Make it snug, not too
tight. Look at the final result and make sure you have all the connetions open and not
being blocked by any part of the case.
Looking to have dual video cards...if you MAKE SURE the power supply says "Supports SLI"
somewhere in the description.