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
- 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.
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