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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 Processor Onto The Motherboard

Installing the processor couldn't be easier.

How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard The processor socket is the wide square in the upper right-hand portion of the motherboard in this picture.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A-133 processor socket The processor is installed using Zero Insertion Force (ZIF). The ZIF is provided by the metal insertion arm shown at the bottom of the socket.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A-133 processor socket with insertion arm raised Lift the metal insertion arm into the full upright position. Notice the holes in the socket in the upper right-hand corner and lower left-hand corner do not go all the way into the corner. The missing holes "key" the processor so that it can only be placed into the socket in one way.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor viewed from underneath Here is view showing the underside of the processor. You can see that prongs are missing on two corners, just as holes are missing on two corners of the socket. Align the processor with the socket and place the processor into the socket so that it lays flat and flush with the socket. It should not be necessary to press or force the processor into the socket. Lower the metal insertion arm to lock the processor in place.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard with AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor installed It should look like this.

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  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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