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Changing motherboard/CPU/RAM for the first time - Some questions

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August 7, 2013 7:39:57 AM

I have recently ordered an Intel Core i5 4570, a Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H LGA1150 mATX Motherboard, and 8gb of 1666MhZ RAM.

I am upgrading from a Asus P7H55-M mATX Motherboard (LGA1156), Intel Core i3 540, and 4gb of 1333MhZ of RAM.

The case I have can fit my current mobo, which is the same dimensions as the one I bought. Although, since I'm worried that this will be the hardest step of my build, I have a question about mounting the motherboard into my case.

Should I need any special tools? I only have a couple of screwdrivers. And since my case is pretty old, (I'm not sure what its called) will the mounting spots be compatible with my new 1150 mobo, I'm worried that they wont line up/fit.

Next thing, luckily, I have a laptop, so I can watch installation videos while doing it. Regarding the hardware I'm getting, could you link me a video of what you think is the best guide for building/upgrading a new computer for beginners? Preferably with the same LGA socket and stuff.


Lastly, would you recommend anything for a beginner like me, while I build, having something handy, like a manual, video, tool etc, and maybe some do and donts? that'd be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
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August 7, 2013 7:52:55 AM

you might need a pair of pliers. may have to move some of the risers or eliminate some. It's not hard and pretty straight forward installation. Just don't force anything. Make sure you ground yourself by touching the metal case first to discharge any static built up in you or wear an anti static wrist strap.
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August 7, 2013 7:56:40 AM

mATX should be universal so shouldn't need to move/add standoffs.

No special tools required and I don't have any advice on videos.

Something to consider tho is the OS. Windows XP and 7 will fail if the HDD is moved to a new mobo (hardware differences) and the license is tied to the first mobo installed on (so will fail when it eventually tries to activate). Windows 8 license can be moved.

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