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Building a PC

Step 1:
Getting Organized

Step 2:
Configure Your Case

Step 3:
Installing Your CPU

Step 4:
Install Memory (RAM)

Step 5:
Install Motherboard

Step 6:
Install Hard Drive & CD/DVD

Step 7:
Install Video Card

Step 8:
Install Accessories

Step 9:
Initial Power-up

Step 10:
BIOS Settings

Step 11:
Install Operating System



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Assembling Your Computer

Now, since there are countless possible configurations for a new PC, there's just no way that I can address them all here. I'm going to keep it simple and stick with PC assembly basics. We'll only cover the components that are common to most modern home computers.

Not sure you have all the parts needed to assemble a computer? Check out an example parts list HERE.

Step 1: Get Organized

-->> Step 2: Prepare your Computer Case

Make sure you have all of the major components ready--Check the Parts List

Gather all of your components and lay them out in an organized fashion.

Make sure you have the required tools handy:

  • Phillips screwdriver (#2)
  • Standard slot (flathead) screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flashlight
  • 5mm socket wrench or nut driver
  • Isopropyl or Ethyl Alcohol (90+ percent pure)
  • Wrist strap (for grounding)

You could also purchase a PC toolkit which contains most of the above items--to have on hand whenever needed.
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Step 2: Prepare Computer Case

Step 3: Install CPU/Processor

Step 4: Install Memory (RAM)

Step 5: Prepare/Install Motherboard

Step 6: Install Hard Drives and CD/DVD Drives

Step 7: Install Video Card

Step 8: Install Accessories

Step 9: Initial Power-up

Step 10: BIOS Settings

Step 11: Install Operating System



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