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Build A PC - How To Assemble

Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC


I recommend a dual format DVD RW, meaning one that supports both the dash (-) and plus (+) formats, to ensure maximum compatibility. Sony, Lite-On, NEC, Samsung and others have excellent reputations for quality at a reasonable price. The optical drive I'm using is a Sony Optiarc 24x SATA DVD RW/CDRW. I purchased it as an OEM part. As such, it comes plainly wrapped in bubblewrap and does not include a software bundle. I purchased the optical drive with a black faceplate so it would match the rest of the computer case, even though the drive bay can be hidden behind the swing door on the computer case - because I'm just that way.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Sony Optiarc DVD RW Retail Box

Here are front and rear shots of the DVD RW. The drive mounts inside the computer case with screws. The screws are included in the collection of screws that come with the computer case.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Sony Optiarc DVD RW Front View How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Sony Optiarc DVD RW Back View
Most optical drives, especially drives in a retail box, come with an alternate front panel in a different color. If you have an alternate front panel and want to use it to better color coordinate the front of the computer case then check out my page Change the Front Panel of the DVD RW.

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How To Build A Computer. Step By Step Instructions To Assemble. Skip To Any Assembly Step.

  Parts List
  Computer Case and Power Supply
  Processor, CPU Cooler and Thermal Compound
  RAM - System Memory
  Video Card
  Keyboard and Mouse
  Hard Drive
  Install the Processor onto the Motherboard
  Install the CPU Cooler
  Install the RAM - System Memory
  Install the Motherboard into the Computer Case
  Install the Video Card
  Connect the Power Supply to the Motherboard
  Connect the System Panel Cables
  Ready the Monitor
  Ready the Keyboard and Mouse
  First Boot
  First Boot Common Problems
  Install the SATA Hard Drive
  Install the DVD RW Drive
  Connect the Speakers
  Second Boot
  Configure the BIOS Parameter Settings
  Test The Hard Drive
  Install the Operating System - Windows 7
  Driver Installation
  Speed Test - Windows Experience Index

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