In today's modern era of computing, people who spend money on computers want their computers fast, affordable, but most of all, upgradeable for the future. And it's for that reason that a lot of people that have the knowledge, or want to learn how, builds their own powerful computer setup. In this four part article, I'm going to show you guys how to build the computer of your dreams that will run circles around any kind of retail computer.
Please understand that this is to be done at your own risk and that I am not responsible for anything that may, or could happen to your machine. This is just to show people how to build their own computer who are willing to accept the risks and understand the consequences, if any, that go along with building their own. Now since that's out of the way, let's get to the good stuff.
What's In Part 1?
This article is divided into four parts. In Part 1, I will show you how to get started building your own which will include, installing the motherboard into the case, installing the processor, and connecting the drives. I have decided to leave out how to purchase the parts, as I feel that most people will have a general idea of what they want to put in their system. Now let's get on with the show!
Installing The Motherboard
This is the hardest part in my opinion to install. First of all, let's assume that you will be installing an ATX motherboard into an ATX case. As this is the current and most used standard. First off, you'll need to check the box that your motherboard came in for two things: Studs and Spacers. You will have to use one or the other, not both, to install the motherboard in your case. 9 times out of 10, you can use Studs, as this is the best way to install your motherboard, but the Spacers should only be used if you can't use Studs.
Once you've found these, look on the motherboard and look inside the case for mounting holes. Once you've located the mounting holes on both the motherboard and inside the case, line the mounting holes on the motherboard with the mounting holes inside the case. Below is a picture of what Studs and Spacers look like.
At this point, if the mounting holes line up with each other, it means you can use the included Studs. But, if the mounting holes line up and there are slots, you can only use the included Spacers. Follow the below example to show you how to screw in the included Studs and if you have to resort to using the included Spacers, the example will show you how to insert the Spacers.
Finally, find the different plug-ins that came with your case, they should have these: POW-ON, HDD-LED, & POWER LED for Pin 1, & SP-LED, SPEAKER, & RST for Pin 2. Some optional ones it could have is: SMI (For a Suspend button on the case if yours has one) and KEYLOCK (If you case has a keylock). Find the different connectors for these features on your motherboard and plug them in. Some, such as the Power and HDD LED may need to be turned around for them to work properly. Make sure and check all connections before continuing to the next section.