Assembling the PC; Could use some advice on how to properly do it

Hello everyone.

I've already bought some parts for my new PC and missing ones are on the way, so I'll probably start putting everything together tomorrow evening. I've watched Newegg's videos on YouTube about assembling a PC. This is going to be my first build, but I'm pretty confident.

However, I have some doubts on how to put a cooler in a case - which directions should fans face?

Also, could you give me any advice on cable management and how to properly arrange all those cables? The case is big enough, though...

Here's my RIG:
CPU: Intel i5-4670K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim (Dual Fan)
MOBO: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Ed.
VGA: MSI GTX760 Gaming Ed.
RAM: Kingston HyperX, 2x4GB (KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB (ST1000DM003)
OD: Samsung DVD+/-RW
Case: Cooler Master HAF932 Advanced
PSU: Seasonic SS-750AM

I hopefully left some room for future upgrades - possibly an SSD and another 760 for SLI. While at it, is this PSU enough for GTX760 SLI?

Thank you in advance and I apologize for so many questions thrown at you at once. It's just that I'm really excited to try this new machine since I'm coming from an AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ and Asus EAH4650.
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  1. PSU should be fine, however you orient the cooler the fans should either blow towards the rear of the case or to the top. Use lots of zip ties and combine like cables together, plan it out before you install your MOBO. I know it was extremely difficult for me to install my supplemental CPU power in my case after fully installing the motherboard, I would have attached it and then installed the MOBO if I could do it again.
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    First of all, best of luck and hope you enjoy building your PC.

    The fans should send the air into one of the exhaust fans in order for the hot air to leave the case the fastest.

    You should build the computer starting by screwing in the PSU and then the mobo. After you've screwed in the PSU it's time to start cable management. Put as many cables as you can on the back of the panel (there should be some holes to put cables through and organize them by cable type, but don't use zip ties yet.

    What you'll want is to keep as many cables as possible going through the back, because it means airflow will be unobstructed where it matters. Sort cables by type, and make sure you can move cables around easily.

    Then put in the OD and HDDs, followed by the CPU and CPU Cooler. Last, the GPU. Only plug in the RAM when you're ready to boot up your computer (no need to have it there earlier).

    Try to organize the cables in the back, and only send the required cables to the front and if possible make them go through the back (so that they only go to the front when they're in the right place). The cables that will stay in the back feel free to organize them as well as you can, sorting them by type and zip tying them.

    The PSU *should* handle SLI, but I'm not entirely sure.
  3. First of all, read your motherboard and case manuals cpmpletely.
    I like to test things out before putting things into the case.
    Install the ram first. Just leave the motherboard out on a table.
    Install the cpu and cooler next.
    Attach the psu.
    Attach the monitor to either the motherboard or graphics card.
    Have a memtest86+ on a usb stick or a cd and do your first boot from that.
    If your motherboard does not have a power button, use a screwdriver to touch the front panel pwr pins.
    That will exercise the cpu and ram so you know that the basic parts are ok.

    Then install in the case. I find that a magnetic tip #2 Phillips screwdriver is most useful to hold the screws.

    I don't worry too much about cable management. Just try to keep them mostly out of the main airflow.
    Only then
  4. Thank you for your replies. I'll do my best.

    One thing I forgot to mention earlier is a thermal paste. I have no other but the one that came with CM Hyper 412S. Is it good enough? I don't plan on overclocking this system just yet.
  5. Yes it's probably good enough. Just apply a small bit in the center, just a bit bigger than a grain of rice, and then screw the cooler in an X pattern.

    A ---- B
    C ---- D

    Screw A a bit, then D, then B, then C, then screw A a bit more, then D a bit more, and so on so on until it's fully screwed.
  6. Had to pick one solution, but regardless I'd like to thank everyone for giving me a hand here.

    I'm starting tomorrow evening, but I'll make a new thread if I happen to run into a problem.

    Once again, thanks everyone.
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