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January 18, 2012 1:00:26 AM

I'm planning to build a new computer for the first time and I have a couple of questions regarding the whole process. I'm planning to go with an AM3+ build. Just for the sake of this post I would like to exclude intel builds.

I have just recently gotten into doing research into how to build a computer and learning the jargon. What I have been able to do so far in computer tinkering is; swap out a PSU, install video card, replace cpu/heatsink and apply thermal paste. That is the extent of my experience with computers and am worried that I may be taking in more than I can handle by doing it from scratch.

The 3 items that I don't plan on buying are cpu, gpu and psu. They are currently installed in my HP computer. I have heard mixed reviews about the FX series and am most likely going to reuse my cpu for the time being, however, I am open to suggestions.

Athlon x4 645
XFX 6770
OCmod 500w psu.

These are the components I plan to use for the build (if they do not work please let me know)

Case (coolermaster haf)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard (Gigabyte 990fx)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (Kingston 8gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD (Lite-on 24x)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD (western digital 500gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7.


Now onto my questions of building.

1) How hard is it to mount the motherboard and connect the wires to the case itself? Does the case/motherboard have clear instructions as to what plugs in where i/e case fans?

2) Not sure how it works to install a HD or DVD drive. Is it simple to do so? I know I'll be looking on youtube and whatnot but if there are any tips or tricks that I should know about this please let me know.

3) The wiring of non psu related cables, HD, dvd drive and any others. How does that work? is it straightforward?

4) What happens when when you connect everything and press the power button for the first time? Do I put in the windows dvd right away. What screen does it go to. How does a hard drive format. I guess I'm saying is, I just don't know what happens when you first turn on the computer.

If everything I need to know is on the motherboard manual then yeah I'll feel stupid but I just don't know how it goes.

That is everything that I have to ask. So any help, comments, feedback would be amazingly helpful. Please excuse any computer illiteracy on my part.

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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2012 1:40:29 AM

1) Not that bad. Just look at the current setup, take pictures of it, you can label the cords if you want.

2) All you gotta do is plug in the cables, a power cable to each device and a SATA cable to each device. Again, look at the current setup and take pictures of it if you want.

3) Simple enough, see above.

4) I would go into the BIOS immediately, with delete or F10 or whatever the key is. From in there, you have plenty of time to eject the CD drive while you are making sure that the CD drive is the first boot device.

When you leave the BIOS, if the CD drive is set as the boot device you will probably be asked to press any key to boot from the CD. Do that. Once you do, Windows 7 should pretty much install itself.

Just make sure you have only one hard drive connected at the time and everything will go smoothly.
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January 18, 2012 2:39:53 AM

Thank you very much for the response raiddinn. If I were to add case fans to the case how would those work in general terms. Thnx again that bios setup made things a lot clear.
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January 18, 2012 3:45:30 AM

Excellent links thnx jsc. As a sidenote. Is the 990fx considerably better than a 970 board, all things considered?
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January 18, 2012 5:12:08 AM

Best answer selected by ohyouknow.
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