How to Build a Computer - Step by Step (With Photos)

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Geoff, Dec 4, 2007.

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  1. lucky7

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    Haha yea i did the same thing but it wasnt that big of a deal. Once u put everything in the first time its much easier the second time. Thx for the guide Omega it really helped me alot.
     
  2. tacohead

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    Great guide! I got the same case as you :)
    I'm a little stuck though, I have almost everything done except I'm not sure where to put the "1394" cable. This is my motherboard, I have searched through the manual but it's doesn't really specific unless I'm looking at the wrong part.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128086
     
  3. Geoff

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    Thanks! That motherboard is almost identical to mine (the GA-P35-DS3L), and it does not have a firewire header, which is why you can't find a place to connect it. :)
     
  4. jaysstandish

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    Pretty amazing and thorough how to build a computer lesson. Thinking on making a video?
     
  5. Geoff

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    IMO a video would have lots of dead time, and would probably be 1-1.5 hours in length. Although I guess I could just skip to highlights.
     
  6. HybridGoomba

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    Is it also easier to install the RAM at the same time? Or is the MoBo usually pretty sturdy once you put it on the supports?
     
  7. Geoff

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    You can install the RAM before putting the motherboard in the case if you'd like.
     
  8. just a noob

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    this thread needs a bump so it will be out in the open :D
     
  9. Irishwhistle

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    A sticky would be a good idea. :)
     
  10. wiwazevedo

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    agreed. someone should also do a thread on tips for cable management or something. also, I have an antec 900 and my gtx 260 is so big that it would be almost impossible to fit any hard drives in the middle hard drive carriage when all the cables are plugged in. just a thought. great thread.
     
  11. Irishwhistle

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    I'm awesome at cable management... I just stuff all the cables into my fans. Works great until you turn it on. :rolleyes:
     
  12. wiwazevedo

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    haha
    i stuffed most of it into the empty drive bays. I hope none of it gets caught in the fans. I see on some antec 900's people have put some of the power cables through the holes on the side of the case so they run up in between the motherboard tray and the other side panel. is that the way to go? Id imagine it would take a while to get set up perfectly.

    Unfortunately with my new setup, the cpu power plug is too far away for the psu to reach around the left side of the motherboard so I have to lay it over my gtx 260 and it isnt nice to look at. are there extenders for those 4 pin connectors or something?
     
  13. Goose

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    An excellent guide. Another vote here for it to be stickied.
     
  14. awildgoose

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    Nice work, it sucks for me but because a couple of days ago I Pmed a Mod wanting to ask to make a guide like this and haven't heard back yet, lookes like I'm too late.

    You should make another one to be stickied but, so there isn't all these replies.

    good work.
     
  15. Hugh9191

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    Your using Vista Business!

    Best version you can get!!!
     
  16. Geoff

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    Thanks guys. My current setup has much better cable management then what's shown in the photos here. The best way is to hide the cables behind the motherboard tray.
     
  17. Vipernitrox

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    you gotta love the space behind your mobo. My case is (pretty much) clear of cables the backside of my mobo has loads of cables :p. check my picture in my sig if you want to see how.
     
  18. Kornowski

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    Oh yeah, I know what you mean;

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  19. Geoff

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    ^^Haha!

    Mine has the same amount of wires, but I used zip ties to make it look cleaner :p
     
  20. Vipernitrox

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    mine's a little cleaner :p
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