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How-to Build your PC Guide

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Putting together a computer is the most intimidating thing most people go through when building their PC. This how-to build your PC guide will help you get started; you will notice that these PC components are designed to fit each other very quickly. You only need to know everything is compatible, and you are ready to go.

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Computer Components

RAM Installation

Memory is the simplest PC components to install in a PC. You only have to open the two tabs on both sides of the RAM slot on the computer’s motherboard. Confirm from to the memory guide to inspect that you are indeed setting up the correct orientation.

Make sure the RAM module lines up with the corresponding slot. Then, push the RAM down till it produces a clicking sound, and make sure you close all the tabs. For additional memory installation, repeat all the above steps. This how-to build your PC guide finds it suitable for installing the RAM before you install the motherboard into the case.

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CPU Installation

As all connector pins are currently located on the motherboard, this leaves most CPUs to pin-less. It is better, as buying a motherboard is a long way cheaper than purchasing a CPU. Although the CPU installation process varies slightly depending on the CPU and motherboard, its installation follows the same pattern.

Start by opening the CPU bar plus the door, then place your CPU in the right direction. When you confirm it’s on the right place, close the door and lock the bar down. Your hardware should determine the type of heat sink to mount. Most of them usually connect through the four holes closest. It is done through locking plastic pins to the CPU socket. When mounting the heat sink, always remember to use a sensible thermal paste portion, roughly the size of a pea.

Make sure you plug the CPU cooler into the motherboard so that it can have enough power. You can find its installation procedure clearly articulated in the instructions that come the cooler. This how-to build your PC guide finds it useful installing the CPU and CPU cooler is before placing the motherboard in the case.

Preparing Your Case

The first step to getting your motherboard to your case is putting in standoffs. Standoffs are small brass spacers that fit up with the screw holes to your motherboard and paintings. It holds the motherboard from touching the metallic part of your case. Make sure you put them where the screw holes are lock with the inside of the casing. Also, seek advice from a case guide when you are not sure where the holes are located. The motherboard has a cowl referred to as an I/O shield. The cowl needs to be positioned outside the connections, which can be seen from the outdoor of the case. Make sure you line it up well and snap it on.

Installing the Motherboard

A motherboard is a giant circuit board; this is very delicate. It’s vital to be cautious as you line up the holes and upload screws to all the standoffs you position in the inner casing. For it to be, never leave it loose, make it stable and never over-tighten the screws. If the board is bending, know that you have over-tightened. Also, you can push the motherboard in the direction of the enlargement slot cowl before screwing it in. However, as long as you line up all of the screws perfectly, then you are good to go.

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Motherboard

Install Everything Else

Once you mount the motherboard, everything else is relatively simple. Your GPU should be in the PCIe slot. Remove any expansions in the coverings, and be sure it fits perfectly in place. Use screws to tighten its security after you install.

In case you may be having an M.2 drive, fit it carefully in the correct slot on the motherboard, and secure it with a small screw. Remember not over-tighten.

When installing components, it is recommendable you use a little force. Double-check if it’s in the right place whenever you feel like something isn’t fitting. All PC components are built to fit well when installed in the right place; thereby, you don’t have to push too hard. The motherboard, video card, and storage devices all get power from the power supply.

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Appropriate cables should be part of your PSU and if that’s not the case in your PC, use the adapter that comes with the video card box. Be keen to supply the hard drive or SSD with enough power, together with as a SATA or a data cable. All of these cables come with the PC. Make sure you correctly match the plug to the connections on the component needs. Recheck in your manuals to be sure that you have done it appropriately,

Your cooling set up should determine if you can install the fans. To do this, match the cable appropriately to the input on the motherboard, and confirm from your manual in case you encounter any issues.

Proper Power Supply

Once you connect everything appropriately plug in the power supply and hit the power button before turning on your new PC. When everything is well connected, you will see the motherboard’s BIOS screen. Lastly, you will have to install your preferred operating system of choice and begin using the new PC.

What to do in case of Error Messages

If everything doesn’t come together as you expect on your first try, never panic as this happens most of the times. It is always easy to fix.

Luckily, the PC will alert you what needs some fixing, whether it is the BIOS menu, or through an error message from your motherboard. To fix this, carry out appropriate research till you get a solution. Any error you may be running someone else has in one time encountered the issue and resolved it as well.

Whether this is your first or fourth PC, I am sure you have learnt a lot from this how to build your PC guide. Congrats on taking the time to learn how to put a PC together.

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4 Comments

  1. As someone who is a pc enthusiast, I can fairly say that I loved this article for being so articulated. Well, for instance I really love checking and staying up to date as to what is the latest CPU out there. I usually paired it with a good amount of ram to support it and avoid bottlenecking. Overall, this pc guide is really good. Might visit this again once I have plans to upgrade my pc!

    1. Sure definitely visit as I will be updating with more articles on it with the latest informations. Thanks!

  2. Your article was inspirational to me this first day of the new year.  Many years ago, I built a HI-FI sound system from scratch with radio shack components.  (I know that sure dates me.). I have been thinking that this kind of a project in the new year would be fun and practical.  With a bit more research, I am going to figure out what I need in terms of future computing and gaming, figure out the appropriate components and build a unit.  I am kind of thinking that if someone else can do it, so can I.  Thanks so much for the post.  

    1. Yes, surely you can! Good Luck 🙂

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