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first time build... what order to assemble?

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January 15, 2008 11:51:35 PM

So this is going to be my first build with a e8400 or 6750, whichever i get a better deal on in a couple weeks with: a gigabyte p35-ds3l, 8800gts, antec 900 case, 2x1gb pc6400ram, 250gb sata hd, dvd-rw from my dell, and 500watt antec psu. What is the best way to assemble this? start with mobo on static bag, install processor/heatsink and then ram before i put it in the case?

also, is the heatsink really hard to install?
January 16, 2008 12:01:17 AM

Install the processor before mounting in the case (as you guessed). It's a lot easier this way.

Some people like to assemble the machine outside the case and power it up and make sure it will post. This will help narrow down problems if you have trouble when the rig is completely assembled (in the case).

I'm sure Intel has detailed instructions on their site for properly installing the CPU. They are really pretty easy. Did you buy a retail CPU or OEM?
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January 16, 2008 1:15:14 PM

I have put together upwards of 15-20, and outside of putting the processor in first, there are a lot of orders you can attach things. Just take your time and think about what you are doing.

As for heatsinks... you will feel like your going to brake your motherboard you have to press so hard with some.
January 16, 2008 2:27:45 PM

I do the processor/heatsink/ram outside the case....
slap that baby in there on the risers and then load everything else in.
Have fun, no spilling your drinks inside.


***edit
Also i like to put the drives in the bays and the PSU in the case befor adding the Motherboard.
January 16, 2008 2:39:50 PM

I like to put the motherboard in the case before installing the heatsink, some motherboard screws are hard to get to with the heatsink installed first. I go PSU, Motherboard, HSF, Drives, RAM & expansion cards but it's really whatever works best for you.
January 16, 2008 3:01:27 PM

I don't like the idea of pushing down on the heatsink while the motherboard is on the riser screws in the case -- always afraid I'll hear something crack. Same with the RAM. So I put everything on the motherboard first (cpu, heatsink, soundcard, graphics card, RAM) before I put the motherboard into the case (if the case allows for that).

One tool that will save you a lot of frustration is a magnetized screwdriver. Just put the screw on the end of the screwdriver and lower it into the hole -- what genius came up with that idea?!

It is also easier to get the extra stuff into place (hard disks, dvd drive, power supply, fans, etc.) before putting the motherboard in. Then just connect the cables, double-check everything, plug it in (don't bother putting the case covers on yet), hit the power button and see what happens!
January 16, 2008 4:43:15 PM

wow Capaill... you put the vid/sound cards in before installing the MB? how do you get the mounting screews in --> tiny hands?
January 16, 2008 4:46:23 PM

1) build case..
2) put drives/extra fans in case
3) PSU in case
4) open motherboard add processor and heatsink (sometimes heatsink has to be done with MB not installed yet)
5) mount MotherBoard
6) install ram/ all cards
7) connect the stuffs
8) pray it works first shot.
January 16, 2008 5:05:27 PM

There is some video you can look at, you can find it on youtube. Basically it's the order describe by GRIEVE. But sometimes more then opinion is fun and if you can see it it's almost better.
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