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#1 ydayna

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:04 PM

I'm building my first PC. I have one question. do i install the power supply before installing the motherboard and cpu. Or is it the other way around. thanks

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:53 PM

With the power supply, it doesn't really matter. The power hookups to the motherboard will have to be made eventually once both are in the case anyway.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:18 PM

I've found it's easier to put the PS last, that way it gives you plenty of room to put everything else in first. JMHO though.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:34 PM

Since we are pitching in the "how to's":

I put everything together outside the case. Motherboard, CPU, cooler, and memory are a unit when it gets installed in the case. Usually I also hook up the PSU, and the video card (if not onboard) and monitor to make sure the board at least posts before I install it in the case. After that I install the PSU in the case first (depending on the case.)

Edited by dpunisher, 10 May 2010 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:59 PM

I prefer doing it the way dpunisher does it.
It's easier to assemble everything out of the case, where you have plenty of room to work, then install it as a unit.

I install the PSU last, so I don't have to deal with a bundle of wires, and possibly pinning a wire behind the motherboard.

Just make sure it's not plugged in, before you start installing it. :thumbsup:
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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:35 PM

Just make sure you'll have enough space to install the PS last. Some combinations of case and motherboard / CPU cooler I've come accross won't leave enough room to get the PS in after installing other components.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:46 PM

A lot depends on the case involved, I find some cases its easier to install the PSU first and mobo second, others vice versa. Some cases you HAVE to install the PSU first if you dont want to damage motherboard parts getting it in-particularly micro atx cases. In your larger cases its not such a big deal, but I tend to install the PSU first just out of habit. I also tend to like cases with bottom mounted PSUs-theres enough room to install it whenever you want to that way, and even if you do it first, you don't have to worry about the cables being in the way.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:25 AM

One more thing. I assume the hard drive and dvd drive goes in before powering up too. Am i correct on this?

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 11:34 AM

One more thing. I assume the hard drive and dvd drive goes in before powering up too. Am i correct on this?


Yes and no. It depends on your case as to when you need to install the drives. Some cases require the drives to be installed first to get the mobo in, and vice versa for some others. I power up with the drives disconnected just to make sure everything posts OK. After I make sure everything is happy, I power down and hook up the drives and install what I need to. I got bitten once by a shorted hard drive (brand new) that immediately shut down my power supply when I turned the power on. Took me awhile, and some cussing, to find the culprit.

Everyone has a different way to do things. My way certainly shouldn't be taken as gospel. I just try to put things together in a way which minimizes head scratching and "Uh Oh" moments.

Edited by dpunisher, 11 May 2010 - 02:59 PM.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:02 PM

As long as everything is hooked up before you press your power button, it doesn't necessarily matter what part goes into the computer first, a lot really depends on the case your using and what hardware, and personal preference, as to what part to put in first.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:23 PM

I appreciate all your help here. I'm new to putting a computer together, just can't find one in the store that i want. I'm sure i'll have more questions before i get the parts next week. It's nice having professional help when you need it.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:46 PM

np thats what were here for :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 08:11 AM

I suggests that first , you may install Motherboard & CPU then start power supply. Because these both are the main parts of computer so if you will not ad them first so power supply is useless.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 12:22 PM

I do not have an input for the monitor on the back of my computer except on my video card. So will installing my video card and connecting the DVI cable bring up the monitor or am i going to have to find another way to bring up a picture on the monitor. Once i get the motherboard, cpu, dvd drive and video card installed i plan on starting up the power supply. Should i be prepared for any problems. After doing that i was going to install the drivers, then microsoft windows then install the video card driver.

Am i correct in doing this or am i looking for problems?




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