Computer Building Guide
In this computer building guide we will talk about all the steps that are required for building your own computer from scratch. These steps cover everything you need to do starting from opening the hardware parts boxes up to powering up the computer.
Details on how to install the hardware parts can be found at the relevant pages and not here. In this guide we are going to describe only what you have to do. Follow any links that you can find in this article if you want for more how-to install guides or check the relevant menu on the left.
After an extensive market research you bought the best hardware components for the money and few minutes ago the courier delivered you several boxes that contain all these hardware.
So let’s see what you need to do first before you start building your own computer.
It is important to follow the steps of the computer building guide with this particular order.
1. Check the Boxes
First thing to do is to open all the boxes and check that everything is fine. This means that the box is sealed, hardware is placed in sealed bags and supporting material is in place. If you have any concerns about this then call immediately the shop and ask for explanations. As long as you are sure that everything is as it should be you can continue with the computer building guide.
2. Install the CPU to the Motherboard
Ok now you can begin building your own computer. First, install the CPU onto the motherboard. Apply thermal compound on the top surface of the CPU and then place it carefully into the motherboard’s socket. Install the CPU cooler and you are done with this step.
3. Install the Motherboard’s back plate I/O to the PC case
Inside the motherboard’s box you will find the rear panel I/O of the motherboard. This looks like a thin metal plate with many holes of different shapes. These holes correspond actually to the layout of the motherboard that is nothing more of a series of ports and connectors.
Rear Plate I/O
Install this to your PC case. If there is another rear I/O plate in your case, just replace it with your motherboard’s one. Also, if you have bought any extra fans this is the right moment to install them.
4. Install your Motherboard in the PC case
Now it is time to install your motherboard in your PC case. Screw the bolts in your PC case where the motherboard will be installed and then align the motherboard bolt holes. Check also that the layout of the motherboard fits perfectly the rear back plate and that the connectors have passed to the back of the PC case. Secure the motherboard in the PC case with the bolts.
5. Install Computer Memory (RAM)
Take the RAM modules and install them in the memory bank. Be sure to check that you install them correctly. Notice the notch that the RAM module has and align it with the notch of the memory slot. Apply pressure to the module until it locks.
6. Install Internal Storage Devices (HDD)
Mount hard drives to the 3.5″ bays and optical devices to the 5.25″ bays and connect them to the motherboard. From now on you must do a good wire management or else in the end your computer will look like a mess with all these cables.
7. Install Graphics card and PCI devices
Last hardware components that you will install will be the video card in the PCI express x16 slot and then any PCI devices you may have bought such as a sound card or a TV tuner card or any other PCI device.
8. Install Computer Power Supply and Connect the Components
To install the computer PSU. The location of the PSU is standard and you will understand immediately where it must be installed. Align the PSU with the PC case bolt holes and screw the bolts to secure the computer power supply unit. After that connect all the internal hardware components that require power supply.
9. Close the PC case and connect the Computer
The last step of the computer building guide is to close the PC case and connect the computer with all the external and peripheral devices. Connect them to the rear plate I/O and plug your computer to the electricity socket. Your new computer is ready to serve.
This concludes the computer building guide. As you can see it is a very easy and straight-forward process. Besides it is also fun to build a PC. For more information on how to install hardware parts check also the relevant guides.