New PC build (gaming)

By ramonsterns ยท 111 replies
Nov 27, 2010
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  1. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Just take your time:

    And make sure:

    1. You pay special attention to the fitment of the cpu. Read the manual before touching it.
    2. Use an anti-static wrist band, or at the very least touch the case frame for a couple of seconds before touching components.
    3. Ensure the 4/8 pin CPU power connector is fitted
    4. Ensure the 20/4 pin ATX connector is fitted.
    5. Always mount the motherboard on stand-off's, and ensure paper or plastic washers are between the screw and the motherboard when fixing it in place.
    6. Just take your time really, and remember the motherboard manual will state most things you need to know.

    If you really aren't sure, take a picture, upload it here and ask - it's better to feel a fool for asking than to proceed blindly and break something.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Static is probably what you have got to be most careful about; get an anti-static wrist strap IMHO.

    Also, inserting the CPU needs to be done carefully, but it's a relatively easy procedure. I'd recommend this video as the best guide. For the Hyper 212+, the instructions given on the Newegg page for it are what you'd be looking for.

    Everything else isn't so hard to do. The HDDs are easy to install, as are any other drives, and the video card and memory can't be installed wrong, because they're keyed so they fit only one way.

    Mobo installation takes some time, but it's hard to get it wrong IMHO. The instructions given in the motherboard manual are usually sufficient.

    PSU installation is also not that hard, especially with a modular one like the CMX-700.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    I haven't read the entire thread so someone may have already suggested this. But I would recommend seating everything in the motherboard prior to mounting it in the case (in many cases the CPU cooler requires you to assemble it before mounting the mobo in the case). Set your mobo on a hard service with the anti-static wrap the mobo came in between the mobo and the desk you're using. Carefully mount the components in a way that makes sense. For example, if you mount the CPU cooler first, you may have trouble getting the RAM in because those coolers are so damn big now.

    Mobo's bend and can break VERY easily. So you want to have a strong, surface to prevent that from happening as you're snapping in parts.

    Good luck!
  4. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 744   +12

    I won't be buying the CPU Cooler, at least not yet.

    With that said, should I mount EVERYTHING on the MOBO first, or should I mount the MOBO on the case and THEN mount everything else on it?

    EDIT: derp, forgot the cpu comes with a cooler.
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Like everyone said just make sure you READ everything and take your time, I find using a check-list for verifying works great.

    I'd say get the CPU and cooler set first, then the RAM if you wanted too, after that mount the motherboard. The one provided from Intel won't be huge and shouldn't interfere.

    By the way, the anti-static wrist wrap doesn't protect you from everything unfortunately...:stickout:
  6. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 744   +12

    Well, I went to my local computer store, walked inside, then saw their prices on their stuff and almost burst out laughing at how overpriced everything was. ($300 for some clunker that looked as old as my first computer.)

    Anyways, I asked for an anti-static band and they gave me a disposable one for free.

    I guess I'll just hug my case for a minute and slap it on. Then hope I don't become Thor and zap the living **** out of my parts.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,520

    There is always the possibility of becoming Zeus also.
  8. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 744   +12

    Hey guys, my stuff got here today and I've already put together everything that isn't attached to the MOBO into the case.

    I'll take pictures if I need help, otherwise I'll show you guys once it's up and running.

    EDIT: Have everything assembled, will plug everything in it's place tomorrow.
  9. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Its so rewarding building your own PC isn't it! :D
  10. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 744   +12

    Hey guys, sorry it took so long. I was planning to take a neat picture with a better camera but the owner never got back to me, so here's a photo from my phone.

    Thanks again to everyone for helping me put this build together.

    Special thanks to Relic for spending 3 hours on chat and wading through my barrage of questions.
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Looks nice! :grinthumb
  12. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Nice indeed! And no problem, that's why we're here :) .

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