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System coming today to build, and good tips?

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June 28, 2012 2:29:49 PM

SYSTEM:

CASE CM|ELITE 430 RC-430-KWN1
CASE FAN|APEVIA(ASPIRE) CF4S-UBL
MB ASUS|P8Z68-M PRO Z68 LGA1155
VGA XFX|HD-687A-ZDFC HD6870 1G
PSU ROSEWILL| RG630-S12 630W
CPU INTEL|CORE I5 2310 2.9G 6M
MEM 4Gx2|CORSAIR CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
HDD 500G|ST ST500DM002 7.2K 16M
DVD BURN SAMSUNG | SH-222BB/BEBE
OS: WIN 7 64 BIT ULTIMATE

Haven't built a PC in about 8 years so I am a little out of practice. Would like some basic tips, pit falls to avoid, and recommendations for testing please.

Going to follow this basic guide:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...



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June 28, 2012 4:02:31 PM

The attchment of the cpu cooler to the cpu would be the thing I would mention as being the thing that you want to do only once since redoing requires the reapply of thermal compound. Since I don't see an after market cooler on your list then I would say your going with the stock cooler and that come with a small amount of thermal compound. So a reapply might require a purchase of more thermal compound.
Even if you don't have a side window the wiring can be important with airflow inside the case so a neat routing of wires will be helpful. A good neat wiring job makes it easy to navigate the insides of the case and you'll be able to see to make sure everything's connected.
Following the guide would give you all the info that you would need and in case it's not mentioned and you have forgotten make sure on first boot thqt you go into the bios a set the boot order even though you have only the one drive.
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June 28, 2012 4:50:33 PM

Make sure to install the I/O port cover/bracket before you install the motherboard! I forgot to do so and required me to unplug a lot of cables and unscrew the motherboard.
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