Okay then as I said it was just my opinion and I totally understand you wanting to encourage him on his/and yours endeavors. We then will at least need to know your budget and you can certainly go to places like pcpartspicker and put together a bundle of some kind that we can critique.
Grab some coffee filters and some laytex rubber gloves. Remember to touch the power supply to ground yourself whenever your about to touch the computer and any components.
before sticking it in the case and doing all the wire harnessing / connection of usb/video card/onboard sound and lights/fans
Let me stress that BEFORE you put the system in the case place it on a a few blocks of wood and use the ONBOARD video (most all motherboards have them) to do a first setup test to make sure the system recognizes the cpu/memory/Hard drive. And gives you your POST screens. Load performance defaults. Navigate the bios and choose the cdrom as the first boot device and your hard drive as second (you can switch this back later) And make sure other devices is under the third boot device setting (just in case you need to do any USB booting)
DO NOT SET A BIOS PASSWORD> You do not need this for a home computer.
At this point only the memory CPU/heatsink fan (make sure you connect the fan lead to fan1 header as some systems will not boot if they do not detect a signal on the cpufan1 header. And hard drive should be connected. (of course the power supply there are usually two connectors on boards these days for power.
Use a flathead screwdriver to 'short' the power on pins on the motherboard (or connect the powerbutton cable to the mainboard from the case AND the reset switch).
This simple test will allow you to determine if it should properly boot up when you get it all together.
Once placed inside the case -and if not then you may have a problem with grounding out or some other device failure.
Get 2 sticks of memory ! If you decided on 4 8 or 16 gigs of ram make sure its 2 sticks of said memory not one!!
Get a tube of Arctic silver heatsink compound. (NOT ADHESIVE)
Do not install the video card until AFTER you have a working windows environment with all the updates and installed all the drivers for your devices including the motherboard/chipset drivers.
Read the Manuals it could be all greek but you may remember reading something you can relate back to if you need to.
What are the coffee filters for? ~ When applying your heatsink to the cpu chip first put a small amount of arctic silver onto the heatsink base and use the coffee filter to gently rub it in all over the bottom of the heatsink (what does this do?) It will fill in any micro spaces naked to the eye with the compound meant to spread the heat across the heatsink. And coffee filters dont leave any residue behind. (rub the compound back off completely) from the base of the heatsink as you will apply the compound directly to the top of the cpu as shown in the video above.
Feel Free to ask questions as you put the thing together!! Better safe than sorry right? Good luck on your first build I hope it goes well.
Edited by YeahBleeping, 30 January 2015 - 11:19 PM.