Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:52 PM
I would take the motherboard out of the case. Put it on a cardboard box. From there put the processor in with the heatsink on (don't forget thermal paste!). Then put one stick of ram in, and connect the video card if your motherboard doesn't have integrated graphics. Now, make all your connections, except from your computer case to the motherboard, and don't forget the 20(or 24) pin motherboard power connector, and the 4-pin CPU connector. Now, turn on your power supply, and to start the computer, touch the two motherboard pins that you would connect the cord from your case to to turn the computer on with a screwdriver. This should start the computer, unless there is something wrong with the connections or a faulty piece of hardware.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943