Your PC should now look similar to the one in our photograph. All key components, such as the motherboard, processor, RAM, graphics card, sound card, hard disk, CD-ROM and floppy, have been installed. Now it is time to connect the cables.
PC still without the cables
As you will be aware after reading Part 1, there are two main cable types: the 34-pin cable for the floppy drive and the 40-pin IDE cable (with 80 wires) for the hard disk and CD-ROM. Cables are always color-coded to show pin 1. Most drives also provide some kind of identification for pin 1. If you find that this is not the case, just remember that pin 1 is the one next to the power plug.
Ribbon cable. The markings show the direction in which the power flows. Bottom: 80-pin for hard disk. Top: 34-pin for floppy.
- Guidelines For Building Your Own PC
- Opening The Empty Case
- Fitting The Motherboard
- Installing The CPU And Cooler
- Don't Forget To Use Thermal Paste Or A Thermal Pad
- Mounting The Cooler
- Fan Power Connection
- Installing The RAM
- Graphics, Sound And Network
- Installing The Hard Disk And Floppy
- Installing The CD-ROM Drive
- Connecting The Ribbon Cables
- Drive Power Connectors
- Front Panel Connections