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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


Besides the parts list items, you'll need a few tools, most or all of which you probably already have.
  1. A Phillips screwdriver.
  2. A flathead screwdriver.
  3. Needle nose pliers, for one particular motherboard mounting screw and in case you drop something in a hard to reach place.
  4. A 5mm socket wrench, which is the size needed for the motherboard mounting posts that came with the Antec KS-282 case.
  5. A flashlight can sometimes come in handy when you're trying to make out something on an item you've already installed, but I doubt you'll really need it.
  6. Alcohol 99% pure or Acetone, if you'll be removing the pre-applied thermal compound from the CPU cooler to use the Arctic Silver 3 instead. If so then you'll also need a clean, expired credit card (for scraping), a brand new toothbrush (for scrubbing) and lint free cloths (for wiping and rubbing) to remove the pre-applied thermal compound.
Ok. Let's take a closer look at each component in their order of appearance. A general note: there are tons of pictures on the following pages. The small picture is displayed on the page by default since this is sufficient most of the time, especially after the first viewing, and it speeds up downloading considerably. Click on any picture to see it enlarged.

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  Parts List
  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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