Re: Re: How to Build a PC
I don't recommend a novice to build their own computer but I would recommend they at least watch and get someone to explain some of the basic inner workings. It took me 5 years for me to understand some of the basics and 2 years later, I build my own. As long as you understand each hardware component and it's functions, puting together a PC from scratch isn't so difficult but heres a basic break down from start to finish.
Screw in motherboard onto motherboard tray (this tray will then be screwed or slid into the case)
Properly attach CPU (processor goes in with corespoding pins, lightly apply thermal paste, lightly attach CPU fan/heatsink), RAM, and card periferals (video, sound, NIC, modem, etc.)
Hook up all drives to motherboard (hard drive, CD-Rom, floppy, etc.) and attach power to all drives and motherboard (some CPUs require a direct line from power supply to the motherboard now-in-days).
Don't close the case or secure everything just yet. Start up the computer first and see if it boots up properly and see if the computer can recognize your hardware.
If everything is working fine, THEN you can secure everything and close the case.
With a boot disk, start up Fdisk in command prompt (a:\fdisk), create a primary partition. This step involves your hard drive. It'll allow you to set aside a set amount of space for your uses (i.e. spliting your 60gb hard drive into 2x...30gb for Windows + programs, 30gb for backups totals).
Remember my computer philosophy.... a computer is dumb until you tell it to do something and load the proper program with instructions on how to proceed.