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Building for the first time, need some help. . .

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June 4, 2008 7:28:28 AM

Okay so I finally purchased the parts off newegg and got them in the mail today. I must say I fear I bit off more than I can chew. I really have no idea what I'm doing, just kinda reading instruction manuals and going off some youtube videos. This is what I'm working with:

DFI INFINITY P965-S LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SeaSonic S12 II SS-500GB ATX12V / EPS12V 500W Power Supply

OCZ Vista Upgrade 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2VU8004GK

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD

ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler


Over the course of 3 hours I managed to get the RAM and CPU on the motherboard and the heatsink connected to the CPU. I constantly feel like I'm about to break something. What should I be doing next, mounting the motherboard, or the hard drive, or the video card? I'm shooting for the simplest way to pull this off. ..

I broke out the top cover for the external drive bay in order to get my DVD drive in there. It's weird though because after I take out the black external covers there's these metal covers inside of them that have air flow holes in them. Do I break them out too or are they supposed to stay? Also and most importantly. I've never installed an OS before. How will that work. Will I simply (assuming I get this thing hooked up and all without breaking anything, lol) stick the CD in the drive and the setup program will boot? Thanks in advance for answering some of the questions. . .

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June 4, 2008 8:10:29 AM

put the power supply in, the hard drive, then put the MB with what u already installed on it in. There's the VGA card next and u're good to go.

Don't worry about braking, the 775 socket mounting is difficult (you have to force a little the heatsink) but it should be ok.

then, don't forget to enjoy gaming :p 
June 4, 2008 9:34:45 AM

Nothing to worry about.
It is always a bit stressful the first time you build a computer.
Just follow the manuals and you should be just fine.
Also for your review, the Wiki guide for building a computer.
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June 4, 2008 11:23:55 AM

I always install the CPU and heatsink first. The stock Intel HSF, while not difficult to install, CAN be a little tricky. With the motherboard out of the case, it's easy to check for proper installation. I also install memory then. Sometimes memory can take a surprising amount of pressure to install. I feel better with motherboard fully supported on a flat surface.

" take out the black external covers there's these metal covers inside of them that have air flow holes in them. Do I break them out too or are they supposed to stay?

The interior metal covers in the case? I leave them in unless I need the space. Other friends just automatically remove them while the case is empty. I've never noticed any difference either way. Theorectically, leaving them in place improves shielding.
June 4, 2008 11:57:04 AM

Use a roll of duct tape underneath the motherboard for installing the heatsink. Check underneath the motherboard that the pins are all the way in.
When installing the memory, put the duct tape roll underneath so you don't loosen the pins.
June 4, 2008 1:00:23 PM

Installing Vista is super easy. Sounds like you already know what to expect.

Power up the computer (make sure it POSTs).
Insert the Vista DVD into the optical drive.
Restart the computer.
The computer should* detect that a bootable DVD is inserted and say something like "Press any key to boot to DVD"
Press a key and Vista setup will start and scan your hardware.
It will pretty much hold your hand and walk you through the process of setting up the hard drive and such.
Sit back and wait for it to copy files and reboot.
That's about it.

*If the computer does not want to boot to the Vista DVD, go into the BIOS and ensure that the optical drive is the first boot device. If that still doesn't work, I've heard that some SATA optical drives don't like to boot when the controller is set to AHCI mode. In that case, set the controller that the optical drive is connected to IDE mode.

Good luck. You're going to have a really nice system.
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