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Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC Guide

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Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC

Install The Motherboard Into The Computer Case

The motherboard is ready to be installed in the computer case. At this point, the processor, CPU cooler and memory modules have been installed onto the motherboard so it looks like this.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard with processor, CPU cooler and two PC2100 memory modules installed

Remove the right-hand panel from the computer case and lay the computer case on its side. The motherboard will lay flat inside the case, resting on brass-colored mounting posts.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 with right-hand side panel removed

This shot is taken looking straight down into the case at the position in which the motherboard is to be installed. The orientation of the motherboard when it is inside the case is the same as the picture of the motherboard above. It's easy to see in the enlargement of the picture below that the case comes with four brass-colored mountings posts already installed. There are holes in the case for additional mounting posts, but not all of them are appropriate for all motherboards.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 motherboard area as delivered

The motherboard is ready to be affixed to the case. This is done using parts that came with the computer case, shown in the picture below. What's needed are some, but not all, of the brass-colored mounting posts shown in the upper-left of this picture, as well as some, but not all, of the mounting post screws shown in the lower-right of this picture. At this point, pair up screws that fit easily into a corresponding mounting post, including the four mounting posts pre-installed inside the case.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 parts
The motherboard is affixed to the case by inserting mounting post screws through holes in the motherboard and into the mounting posts. The first step is to determine in which case holes the mounting posts should be installed. The ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard has 9 holes for using with mounting posts. Place the motherboard down into the case, aligning four of the holes in the motherboard with the four pre-installed mounting posts. All four pre-installed mounting posts align with motherboard holes in the ABIT KR7A-133. In addition, 4 of the remaining 5 holes in the motherboard have a corresponding case hole for a mounting post, so 4 additional mountings posts can be installed. The 4 additional mountings posts should be carefully tightened (not overly tightened) into place using a 5mm socket wrench. After installing the additional mounting posts, the interior looks like this.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 motherboard area with all mounting posts installed.

Now rest the motherboard down inside the case on the mounting posts. Insert the screws through the holes in the motherboard and into the mounting post, getting each screw started but not at all tight - just far enough in the mounting post so the screw does not fall out. The motherboard hole in which it is most dificult to get a screw started is the one in the upper right of the board near the CPU cooler. I suggest starting with this one since if the screw gets away from you and rolls underneath the motherboard then it's easiest to retrive if no other screws have been started. This was the only tedious screw for the ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard. I had to use needle-nose pliers to lower the screw down to the hole between the CPU cooler and power supply frame. The rest were easy to place into their holes with just my fingers. Once all 8 have been started, all 8 can be tighted into place one at a time, again starting with the one in the upper-right corner.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 computer case with motherboard installed

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  Antistatic Wrist Strap
  Computer Case and Power Supply
  Processor, CPU Cooler and Thermal Compound
  RAM - System Memory
  Video Card
  Keyboard and Mouse
  Floppy Drive
  Hard Drive
  Sound Card and Speakers
  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 PN1 and PN2 Indicators
  Ready the Monitor
  Ready the Keyboard and Mouse
  First Boot
  Install the CD-ROM, CD-RW Drive
  Install the Hard Drive and Floppy Drive
  Second Boot
  Configure the BIOS Parameter Settings
  Install the Operating System - Windows XP
  Installing the Rest of the Windows XP Operating System - GoBack
  Install a Zip Utility - Zip Central
  Install the Motherboard Chipset Drivers
  Install the Video Card Drivers
  Install the Monitor Driver
  Install DirectX
  Install the Sound Card and Speakers
  Install the Modem
  Install WCPUID
  SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks
  DirectX Diagnostics
  Stress Testing Graphics and the Futuremark 3DMark2001SE Benchmark
  Torture Test
  Install The Computer Case Fans
  Post Assembly Needs
  BIOS Flash Update

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