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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

Computer Tests - SiSoft Sandra Benchmarks

The SiSoft Sandra benchmarks provides a good test since they can verify the computer is performing within expectations. It also serves to provide a lightweight stress test.

There are four tests I chose to run. Since the last one benchmarks the hard drive it will be necessary to Disable GoBack. I'm always a little reluctant to disable GoBack, but there's not many hard drive changes now compared to what there will be as time goes by, so now's a good time to do it. GoBack should be disabled with the hard drive is Defrag'ed, and a Defrag should be done now anyway for two reasons - first because it will optimize hard drive performance after the Windows XP install and second because SiSoft Sandra will give best results on a Defrag'ed hard drive.

Disable GoBack (it does not need to be uninstalled, just set to Disabled) and perform a Defrag on the hard drive (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter).

Download SiSoft Sandra Standard Edition. It's a free download, but it took me a while to puzzle out exactly what to download. It seemed to go by different names on different pages so let me share them with you to help you narrow down the field. Naturally the version and varieties may change somewhat by the time you read this. The download with 2.3MB in size and came as a Zip file.
  • SiSoft Sandra Standard 2002 SP1
  • Package 2002 (2002.6.8.97 aka
  • Windows 32-bit x86 (Intel Compatible) Platform - Unicode Character Set

    The version I downloaded installed like this. Double-click on the downloaded file to invoke the Zip utility. Extract the files into a directory, but this will not be the install directory. One of the files extracted is named Setup. Double-click the Setup file to install SiSoft Sandra Standard. I used whatever default installations options it offered.

    Here are the results of the processor test with the AMD Athlon XP 1800+. Right on target with expectations! Look at how the AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor is nip and tuck with the Intel Pentium 4 running at 2.0GHz!
    How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, SiSoft Sandra Standard Benchmark Results

    Here are the results of the memory test with the the Crucial PC2100 memory. Great! Looks like the BIOS tweaks are helping to edge out the "typical" expectations. And these numbers are substantially better than what you would get if you went with the BIOS "Failsafe Default" values!
    How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, SiSoft Sandra Standard Benchmark Results

    And to round out the "raw" motherboard performance benchmarks in SiSoft Sandra, let's take a look at the CPU Multi-Media Benchmark. Another bulls-eye!
    How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, SiSoft Sandra Standard Benchmark Results

    Here are the results of the hard drive test with the the IBM 120GXP 80GB hard drive. Wow! Much better than the typical 7200rpm hard drive!
    How To Assemble A Computer - PC Assembly Guide, SiSoft Sandra Standard Benchmark Results

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      RAM - System Memory
      Video Card
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      Floppy Drive
      Hard Drive
      CD-ROM, CD-RW
      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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