Okay, so I've put my order in and am eagerly awaiting my parts. I've mucked around inside some old computers before but honestly the most I've really ever done is add RAM to an existing computer, replaced a PSU and other simple tasks. I don't have any doubts that putting it together will be as simple as matching a round peg to a round hole but to get my system up and running in tip top shape I'm sure there will be at least some troubleshooting and tweaking involved.

So far I've quickly just read through a Tomshardware article on putting together a computer. I'm sure there are tons of great utilities, walkthroughs, tips etc. that more experienced builders use daily to tweak their systems but I don't even know about. If you know of a thread/sticky that has gathered them in this forum or another or wouldn't mind submitting a few of your favourites/go-to's that would be fantastic.

Oh, also on the workspace I was going to build my computer in I was thinking about using a wooden table on hardwood floor with latex gloves on. At what point would I be going overboard? What things should I watch out for etc.?

I probably don't need to think it through this much at at this point I need something to do to kill time while all my packages arrive anyways so any input is appreciated. Plus this way if I do run into problems I'll have an idea on where to go instead of becoming frustrated because I can get frustrated easily when it comes to projects like this.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Here is a good tip: Make sure to read the manual that comes with your motherboard and other parts, they will help you a lot.
  2. You're right, the assembly is pretty simple. Just make sure you take your time, and don't miss anything. Overlooking a simple step can cause you grief in troubleshooting time. As winner4455 said, make sure to follow the motherboard manual, specially for the front panel wiring.

    Once you've got things up and running, get a good AV, such as Microsoft security essentials, Avast, or Avira.

    Use CPUZ to verify all your info is recognized correctly.

    Use GPUZ and furmark to test your video card.

    Use memtest to test the RAM.
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