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1st time builder - Its assembled - Now what?

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October 22, 2007 7:59:23 PM

Hi, I just joined this website because I need help. I have never built a computer before, and I somehow managed to follow directions and get everything assembled. Here are my components:

ASUS P5N-E Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131142
XFX GeForce 8800gts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150171
4gb Corsair XMS 2 Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115014
Lite-On 20x LH-20A1L Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250gb Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701
OCZ GamXStream 700w Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002
Aerocool Aeroengine Plus Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811196025
Windows Vista Ultimate

I think I have everything assembled properly.
-What do I do when everything is assembled?
-Before I ordered all of my parts I was told by people that all it is is putting the Windows disc into the drive and installing and then updating the drivers, but now I am being told about BIOS??
-Can I do that without the Windows disc?
-Is there some reason my PCI slots don't line up with the openings in the back? I got my graphics card to fit, but I can't fit a soundcard.
What do I have to do?

I will monitor this thread as much as possible to give you any answers you might need from me. Thanks very much!!
October 22, 2007 8:00:31 PM

To simplify: The computer is put together, now what do it I do?
October 22, 2007 8:05:27 PM

Sorry to be blunt but if you're having problems lining up the expansion slots with the openings and you're not sure what to do next, I highly recommend hiring a tech.
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October 22, 2007 8:12:14 PM

Tactical76 said:
Sorry to be blunt but if you're having problems lining up the expansion slots with the openings and you're not sure what to do next, I highly recommend hiring a tech.


I am not having problems lining up the mobo with the expansion slots, the motherboard doesn't line up with the expansion slots period.
October 22, 2007 8:15:36 PM

first its so hard to fix computer problems without seeing the pc.

can you post pics of what you have done so far? more so, ones about the "PCI slots don't line up with the openings in the back?"

do you HAVE THE RIGHT panel on the back of your case on, the little steel thing
that comes with the mother board
October 22, 2007 8:18:09 PM

sirkillalot said:
first its so hard to fix computer problems without seeing the pc.

can you post pics of what you have done so far? more so, ones about the "PCI slots don't line up with the openings in the back?"


Honestly, the computer is assembled, so no help needed there really atm. I need to know what to do now in terms of can I install Windows now or do I need to mess with the BIOS first? :pt1cable: 
October 22, 2007 8:19:26 PM

just install windows thats it
maybe you need to go to bios to set up raid(if u have 2 hd) or boot from cd rom etc
load windows -update
then install drivers
then play
October 22, 2007 8:25:59 PM

sirkillalot said:
just install windows thats it
maybe you need to go to bios to set up raid(if u have 2 hd) or boot from cd rom etc
load windows -update
then install drivers
then play


Okay that is what a few people have told me, I guess I will just go ahead then. Thanks :) 
October 22, 2007 8:37:48 PM

yup, no tricks to it... just put in your windows disk and install. the BIOS can be set up later (if you want to overclock, disable speedstep.. etc)
October 23, 2007 1:52:51 PM

Just thought of something else. Is it possible that you have a ATX motherboard and a BTX case or the other way around?
October 23, 2007 2:20:05 PM

Tactical76 said:
Just thought of something else. Is it possible that you have a ATX motherboard and a BTX case or the other way around?


If you check the names of the items on the links I sent you, and I had to double check myself cause I never even heard of BTX, but they both have ATX in their names.
October 23, 2007 2:30:39 PM

Should have checked that myself, sorry. You're right they're both ATX. Its just really strange that the slots don't line up. Whats the sound card you're using?
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