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The complete step-by-step guide to PC construction for beginners

To build PC, you will need to install the CPU onto the motherboard, install the RAM onto the motherboard, install the storage drive(s) into the case, connect the power supply to the motherboard and drives, and then install the motherboard into the case.

It’s important to read the instructions carefully and make sure you are handling the components properly to avoid damaging them. It’s also a good idea to have a grounding strap or use other precautions to avoid electrostatic discharge (ESD) while handling the components. If you are not comfortable with build PC or are not familiar with the process, it might be better to have a professional do it for you.

RAM & M.2 SSD

Attaching the RAM is quite simple. After all, the RAM sticks only have to be plugged in. There are basically two aspects to consider. On the one hand, you should always use an even number of memory sticks in order to be able to use the full speed, i.e. either two or four. On the other hand, an old rule of thumb says that you should always leave a slot between the bars if possible. So if you want to use two RAM bars, it is advisable to leave the 2nd and 4th slots free and use slots 1 and 3 instead.

For the “installation”, the locking of the RAM slots must first be released. Some mainboards are locked on both sides, others only on one – so don’t be surprised. The main memory can then be used. RAM bars always have a notch on the bottom, just like the corresponding slots on the mainboard. Use this mark as a guide when plugging it in. It is advisable to first fix the short and then the long side (depending on the marking) with a little pressure. An audible click shows you that the lock has engaged properly again.

Special case

If you have decided to install an M.2 SSD, now would be the perfect time to do so. Everyone else can safely skip the step. First of all, it’s worth taking a look at the mainboard’s instructions for the main connection for the M2. figuring out SSDs. In the best case, this is already marked directly on the board. Now the M.2 SSD is inserted with the notch first and finally fastened with the screw. The appropriate screw is included with the mainboard. In the case of a possible heat sink, the protective film should of course be removed before mounting.

Case & Mainboard

Every housing is different, so it is particularly advisable to take a look at the manufacturer’s assembly instructions. Before you can install anything in the case, you must first remove the side panels. Often you don’t even need a screwdriver. Inside the case, there should be a small box with all the small parts you need.

As a rule, a housing can be divided into two sections: there is a larger room in which the components will later be located and a smaller one in which the cables can be hidden if desired. The first component you will build into your new PC is the motherboard. Search ”Computer store near me” on google and get more information.

It is important to note the small, black spacers. Some housings already have them installed, while others don’t. Since the number and position of these spacers always depend on the mainboard used, it is worth taking a closer look here. Therefore, there is also a legend in the housing in which you can see which holes belong to which form factor. So if you are using a mainboard with the form factor Micro ATX, there should also be a spacer in every hole marked as Micro ATX. Be careful not to use too much force when screwing in the spacers. It is best to assemble them by hand and not with a screwdriver so that the thread does not break.

Time for the mainboard: The mainboard comes with a so-called I/O shield, which must be attached to the housing where the mainboard connections will later protrude outwards. This must first be clipped into the recess of the housing from the inside. ( Note: Some models have the i/O shield pre-installed on the motherboard).

Then insert the mainboard into the case in such a way that the spacers match the screw points on the mainboard and the connections sit correctly in the I/O shield without anything being covered. Ultimately, the board only has to be attached to the enclosed screws. The same applies here: don’t use too much force and make sure that you don’t accidentally scratch the circuit board – strength lies in stillness.

SSD & Graphics Card

Hard drives and SSDs can be installed in a wide variety of places in the housing, depending on the model. There are often one or more hard disk bays in the housing, in which the hard disks simply have to be inserted and then fastened with screws. But be careful: in most cases, the connections are directed towards the mainboard, i.e. the side where there is less space and ultimately all the cables end up.

Installing an SSD is just as easy. This can be attached directly to the housing and does not require an extra “shaft”. A look at the instructions for the housing will tell you where the right place for installation is.

Next up is the graphics card. The GPU is attached to a PCIe connector on the motherboard. If your mainboard has multiple PCIe slots, it’s worth taking a look at the instructions again to see which one supports the full speed (usually the top slot). Before the graphics card can be pushed into the free slot, the covers on the case must first be removed.

Depending on the size of the graphics card, you have to remove one, two, or even three covers. Don’t be surprised: the covers often have to be “broken out” of the housing. Then unlock the PCIe slot, similar to the RAM, insert the graphics card and fix it with a little pressure until it snaps into place. As soon as the GPU is plugged in, it is either attached with a few screws or with an enclosed bracket.

Uneeb Khan
Uneeb Khan
Uneeb Khan CEO at blogili.com. Have 4 years of experience in the websites field. Uneeb Khan is the premier and most trustworthy informer for technology, telecom, business, auto news, games review in World.

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