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Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC Guide

note: The set of computer assembly pages you are on are accurate and very fine instructions, but they are actually not my most recent instructions.
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Computer Assembly - How To Assemble A PC

Install The Video Card

Here's a picture of the video card before it's installed. It's impossible to install the video card the wrong way around since the notches along the gold connectors key it with the AGP slot. Plus it's clear that the end of the video card with the slot bracket is the end that goes next to the back of the computer. Click on the picture to see it enlarged.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack Ultra/650XP Golden Sample video card

Here are the parts that came with the Antec KS282 computer case. One of the bracket screws, which are shown in the lower left-hand side of this picture, is needed to secure the video card to the computer case after the video card has been inserted.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Antec KS282 parts

The video card installs into the AGP slot of the ABIT KR7A-133 motherboard. The AGP slot is the brown slot to the right of the six white PCI slots.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A Motherboard AGP Slot How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, ABIT KR7A Motherboard AGP Slot

To insert the new video card into the AGP slot, line up the gold edge connector and notches on the video card with the AGP slot. Keep in mind the slot cover built onto the video card will lay flush against the back of the computer, so it should not be too hard to get the video card properly aligned into the slot. Grasp the video card firmly by the corner and upper edge and push straight down and fully into the slot. Use the mounting screw to secure the card in the computer, but don't overtighten the screw as this can twist the card in the AGP slot and cause it to be not completely connected inside the AGP slot.

I have an entire site dedicated to upgrading the video card at Video Card Upgrade. The page that details inserting the video card into the AGP slot is Video Card Upgrade - Insert The New Video Card. Here's how the computer looks once the video card is installed, including with the bracket screw in place.
How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, Gainward GeForce4 Power Pack  Ultra/650XP Golden Sample installed

My complete recommendations for building a computer with quality components at unbeatable prices is on my home page at Build A Computer Like My Super PC - Cost To Build A Computer. Here again are the recommendations for a video card!
Description Where I Would Get It Today Today's Price Comments
eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB DDR5
$209.99 Free shipping! Retail box. Clicking the link takes you directly to it. A GeForce GTX 960 video card like this one is great for demanding graphics environments, including digital video and top-tier gaming, without spending too much. Very quiet and powerful. DirectX 11 support built-in. PCI-E 3.0 compliant. SLI compatible. Fast DDR5 memory. Power supply of 400-watts or better recommended. Does use an extra slot. Uses one 6-pin power connectors from the power supply (the Antec Sonata III comes with this).

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  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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