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This And That: Screws, Spacers & Jumpers

Building Your Own PC, Part 1: Know-How for Do-It-Yourselfers
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Typical case screws are used to screw on the case covers and anchor plug-in cards to the case.

A drive screw's thread is finer and thinner than screws used for the case. The head is smaller, too. This kind of screw is generally used to affix the drives in the drive bays, and to screw the motherboard to the case.

Spacers are screwed into the backplate for the motherboard.
What Are Jumpers?

Jumpers are short and sweet.

A jumper is nothing more than a metal bridge that connects two contacts. We don't see the metal, though, because it's covered with plastic. Jumpers are often used to configure the PC. For instance, you can use them to set the processor speed or change a drive from a "master" to a "slave." Pictured above is a classic jumper, as used on drives and boards just about everywhere.

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    Anonymous , September 20, 2008 7:55 PM
    thanks,i hope my mum approves of my £700+ setup that i want lol ;) 
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    Marco925 , May 6, 2010 3:44 PM
    So Different compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:36 PM
    y is this so hard
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:38 PM
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2010 5:43 PM
    This is is so similar compared to today's build it yourself article
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:45 AM
    This is a pretty in depth guide on how to build a computer. I found How to Build a Computer pretty useful too.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 7:46 AM
    How to Build a Computer is a pretty good guide too.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2011 12:57 AM
    My son and his friend bought the components for a gaming pc. They had XP to put on the computer but it wont load. It has Linux on it. I don't know much about this sort of thing but could it be bc the XP is already been loaded on another computer? If I can find one of our op systems software that has an extra load on it will it load on the gaming pc with no problems? Just want to be sure in case I have to drop the money for the operating system.
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    joeman99 , January 30, 2012 7:05 AM
    I always use this manual when building PCs, I never touch or buy any computer without it http://howtofixstuff.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-build-computer.html