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Old 01-09-04, 06:02 PM
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Building my first computer this weekend any suggestions?

Finally all of my computer parts have come in, and I am going to build my pc this weekend. Or maybe the keyword should be try. Any suggestions or any links I should read before attempting. I have added harddrives and swapped sound and video cards before but never a build from scratch.

Here is what I got:
Intel P4 2.4C M0 stepping
Abit IC7-G Max 2
Corsair Pc3500 2x512
Maxtor 160gb w/8mb cache
Maxtor 80gb 7200
Liteon CDRW 52x32x52
Liteon DVD-Rom 16x
Antec plus1080amg w/tru power 430psu
Ati Radeon 9800 nonpro
Audigy 2 ZS
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its all pretty easy...especially if you have done upgrades/swaps before. just be sure not to wear anything thats going to be conducting static electricity.
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i highly reccomend a anti-static wristband.

also, TAKE YOUR TIME. do not rush, and if you arent sure - then read or research until your sure. If something is plugged in wrong it or the cpu pins bent, it could be an expensive lesson
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Don't be too proud to read the motherboard manual to find out what goes where.
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no case?

as for the CPU, they have an indicator which shows you which is the correct direction...be sure to follow it. oh, and don't plug the power cord in until you've put everything together.
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Originally posted by D.Pham00
no case?

as for the CPU, they have an indicator which shows you which is the correct direction...be sure to follow it. oh, and don't plug the power cord in until you've put everything together.
I had too look twice, yeah I have the case listed the Antec Plus1080amg which comes with the tru power 430 psu.

I really want to start but at the same time I really don't want to screw it up.
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I actually never worry much about static and what not and havent had any problems, but better safe then sorry. Nevertheless... the key is to be patient if things don't all work on your first try. If its not starting up, check each piece of hardware one by one. You'd be surprised how many people end up frustrated when the only problem was they didnt connect the power button to the motherboard
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System building guide at Arstechnica.com:

http://arstechnica.com/guide/building/

Here is another one:

http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/

And another:

http://www.daileyint.com/build/

I've used the first one, but not the other two.
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How hard is it to build your own PC? I have always wanted to try it. How much does it usually run for all the parts?
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Originally posted by nickdawgy
How hard is it to build your own PC? I have always wanted to try it. How much does it usually run for all the parts?
Not too hard, really. If you'll read the guide at Arstechnica, it will give you an idea of what parts to buy. Then you can induldge in one of my favorite games. I like to go to Newegg.com and put the components for the pc I'd like to build in a cart, just to see how much they would cost. Of course, I can't.

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