Ive got the parts, now how do I...

...put them together? Can anyone recommend a good builder's guide? All the ones Ive found are 2-3 years old. I dont want to make a mistake and possibly damage my expensive components. As youve probably guessed, this is my first build and I have little idea what Im doing.
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  1. STEP #1 - Take the motherboard, CPU, and case out of their boxes.

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  2. Remember when you were little and you had those toys that had shapes and you had to match them to fit them through? Yeah, it's kinda like that :wink: .

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  3. Remember it is best to assemble parts on a shag carpet, keeps static away.
    And large pliers are necesary, along with electric drill driver. And remember to torque up those screws, to reduce vibrations.

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  4. Toms Hardware Guide has a "How To" for computer assembly. You could do a Google search as well.

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  5. Here's link to THG PC building articles

    <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20020904/index.html" target="_new">Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20020918/index.html" target="_new">Building Your Own PC, Part 2: Assembly Step by Step</A>

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  6. My suggestion would be to turn your current computer off and start taking it apart and putting it back together. You can probably afford to make that mistake. Then go ahead and work on the new one.

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  7. A trick that I like. You attach the power cord to the case, but leave the power switch off. This grounds the case so it helps prevent static buildup. Not a good idea in a lightning storm though.
  8. You're gonna make this poor guy blow up his stuff Rich, I find it humurous nonetheless.

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  9. if you cant find any thermal compound, mix milk with flour. it really works.

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  10. Be sure to unplug power supply when connecting power cables on mobo, cards and periphs. Can cause a spike.

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  11. Please note, rich, that the power switch (the one on the psu) must be off.
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