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

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August 8, 2013 6:57:15 PM

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 8, 2013 7:03:48 PM

This is what I used to build my pc. As for installing it is very easy to do, the only tool you need is a single screwdriver, and the board should by all means line up with the current slots, as it is an ATX board, they all have standard slots. While you are assembling try to stay off carpet at all costs, only build on non carpeted areas on a non conductive surface, such as a wood table. Periodically through the process touch something grounded, like the case, to keep static at bay.
August 8, 2013 7:09:02 PM

dont worry about the motherboard you just screw the thing in place.
1 take pictures in case you get confused and have to put the old stuff back in
2 ground yourself
3 do not put components on the outside of the anti static bags only inside
4 read the manual if you do not know what your doing
5 if you feel that youre giving too much force you are
6 watch videos
7 unplug the psu
*sorry i cant check if your mobo, ram, and cpu are compatible, im on vacation and internet sucks so i can only answer
August 8, 2013 8:12:06 PM

Small phillips (+ ending) screwdriver is all you would need.

You will not encounter much problems mounting board, if you are careful to be gentle, while not bending it.

There would be more work involved adjusting cooler on CPU and making sure RAM is seated well, without falling out of socket.

Also, when you are ready to put motherboard into case, make sure you know where to connect all peripheral devices likes power button circuit, reset button, leds... these might be a bit hard to locate and connect once board is seated and screwed in place.

Also, remember, you're dealing with chips, boards and wires. Don't go hard on screwing things down, but make sure screws are in and holding your board and power supply.