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Assemble a PC. Step-by-step guide on how to build a quality desktop computer

Step 1:The side panel

Let's suppose you have bought the tower and all the components. Then you are ready to start.First off, unscrew the side panel, and release it by pushing it toward the rear of the case. Then lift it off, set it aside, and place the computer on a flat surface so you'll have lots of room to work.

removing the computers side panel

Step 2:The power supply

Place the power supply in the case, pressed as far back against the opening as you can get it. Screw the PSU into place.

installing the power supply

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Step 3:The rear I/O plate

The motherboard comes with an I/O plate that exactly matches the ports found on board's rear panel. Those are the various connector ports for your external components ,gadgets ,audio speakers ,internet etc. Make sure it's properly oriented and fits exactly the openings on the mother board and press until it's secure and stable into place.

adjusting the rear input/output plate

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Step 4:The CPU

It's easiest to install certain components when the motherboard is outside the case, especially when you're working with an interior as relatively small in size as the comuters processor. The CPU install process should always be very precise. Use rubber gloves when installing sensitive components like this one! Lift up the metal bar (that secures the processor in place) to one side of the slot to open it. Then align the gold triangle on one corner of the CPU with the matching triangle on the slot itself and then insert the CPU gently into place. Note that AMD pins are on the CPU rather than inside the socket (the way Intel does it), it's fairly easy to bend the pins if you're not careful. Check all four sides of the processor to make sure it's in all the way. When it is, lower the metal bar back into place to lock the socket.

installing the computers processor

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Step 5:Thermal paste

If your CPU cooler came with thermal paste you need to apply a very small amount on the top of the processors metal encapsulation plate to smoothen the imperfections of the surface.This is necessary to maximize thermal conductivity betweeen the CPU and the cooler.A pea size amount is almost always enough.

applying thermal paste to the processors top surface

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Step 6:The CPU cooler

Center the cooler over the processor and pres firmly over it so the thermal paste can spread all over the heatsink. Lock the cooler and gently wipe out any sign of thermal paste around the corners of the CPU.

placing the cpu cooler

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Step 7:The RAM

To install the memory module align the notch with the the small peg in the RAM bay, press and then lock it from both sides.

installing the memory module

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Step 8:The DVD

Now that you have installed all the sensitive modules it's time to place the motherboard in the tower. Screw it carefuly and connect it to the power supply. Slide the DVD recorder and connect it to both the motherboard and the PSU.

placing the DVD module in the computer tower

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Step 9:The HDD

Insert the hard disk into the HDD bay and connect it to motherboard and power supply

installing the hard drive into the computer tower

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Step 10:The GPU

Last but not least, it's time for the graphics card if you want to install one. Probably by now you have figured out how much power you need for your computer and selected the apropriate power supply unit. With that in mind and the correct power connectors from the PSU ,just insert the gard gently into the slot closer to the CPU , screw the card to the rear panel and lock it down securely. All set! Ready to boot up !

installing the graphics card

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