How To Build A Desktop Computer From Scratch

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1) The first step in custom building a computer would be to design it on paper. By doing this you get a an idea of the parts you need and the potential cost the project.

2) The next step in custom building a computer would be to shop for the computer components. When shopping you will decide on such matters as quality over cost or visa versa.

3) Once the components have been acquired, the next would be to assemble the computer. Listed below you find the procedures for assembling the computer.

4) Once the computer has been assembled, it must then be tested to ensure it works properly. This can be accomplished through the use of a Live CD/DVD/USB media. But prior to using a Live media, you have to set the Boot Order in the BIOS Setup Area so that USB device, CD/DVD drive iis checked before the hard drive for a bootable operating system. Follow the procedure from the Live media to install the Live OS in the system’s memory. From that point the computer can be tested.

5) Once the computer has been satisfactorily tested, you may not install an OS (operating system) onto the hard drive. This is accomplished by putting the installation media USB device or CD/DVD  into the drive turning on the computer and following the installation instructions.

Congratulations at this point you have succeeded in building a custom computer. Hopefully it is as you envisioned.

ASSEMBLING YOUR COMPUTER

Prior to handling any of the computer components you hhave to ensure that you are static free. Static electriicity will shock the component and may render that component useless in a fraction of a second. Wearing a ststic strap is always helpful as it grounds static electricity from your body. Do not wear clothing that produce static electricity such as wool clothing. Down assemble your computer on a carpet or even standing on a carpet.

1) Prepare all the components for installation. IDE devices for instance should hhave their jumpers properly set as Master or Slave. Any other devices which require special jumper setting should be done at this time.

2) Install all drive in their proper drive bays. Do not connect any cables/cords now as they would interfere with the installation of the motherboard.

3) With great care prepare the motherboard for installation into the case. That is, install the microprocessor and memory on the motherboard. This components go in one way and one way only. There are generally idiot proofed, so if it does not seem to fit don’t force it. You can damage the microprocessor, menory and/or the motherboard. Lock at the slot and the device carefully and you will see how they fit in. Also be extra carefully with the microprocessor. The pins bend easily and are almost impossible to straighten.

4) Secure the motherboard into the case per case and motherboard instructions. Always firmally secure the motherboard. A loose or unsecured motherboard hit the case at the wrong spot and short out.

5) Make all connections to the drives in the drive bays, the case to the motherboard and finally the power supply to the case the devices in the drive bays.

6) Install all daughter/expansion/adapter boards. Make connections to the motherboard per the board instructions.

7) Close and secure the cover on the case. Make sure that no tools or extra screws have not been left in the computer case at this items can cause damage to the motherboard.

Assembly has been completed.

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