Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:24 PM
Some tips for ya if you want 'em. I built my computer together about a couple of months ago. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is this:
TAKE YOUR TIME.
Double or even quadruple-check what you're going to do, be it connections or installing the motherboard (which can be tricky, so be careful there). I'd read up on the manuals first before actually digging in and building it. I read through the motherboard, power supply, and case manuals the night before I built it.
Prepare to take an entire day to build the sucker. Take breaks, you'd be surprised how much easier and better it is to resume building after a poo and snack break.
You're likely to run into a few snags, like tight spaces to cram connections in for example (that's why I suggested needle-nose pliers).
If you're worried about space, there's the Antec Performance One case that I used for my system. It's plenty big with 3 huge 180mm fans to keep it nice and cool (also surprisingly quiet). The tradeoff is the price, obviously, as it clocks over $100 on Newegg. Also, while it's built like a tank, it weighs like a tank (stealing that line from a Newegg user review, so I take no credit for that funny line).
Take your time.
Review the manuals.
Check the stuff (some could be missing a screw or something like that, it happens).
If you run into a wall, don't be afraid to post on here, and no, nobody's gonna flame you (it's off-limits here, we believe in being friendly!).
Take your time (did I emphasize that enough?)
Feel free to post your progress in bleepingcomputer. I did and it helped me out greatly. Much luck to you.
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