Thunder Shock Missed! Paralysis Was Not Inflicted!
Well! Today is the “Thunder Shock” custom-pc build that I did a while back in early February. Part list can be found here. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BGbGK8
I never really built a PC myself before this computer, although I did help my father when I was younger with upgrading parts here and there, I never really opened up a PC until I came to college. In my OS/Hardware class in my first year, I had the chance to take apart a PC and put it back together to make sure it could boot, but other than that I never really had any experience. A few opportunities came up last year and this year but nothing as intensive as a complete PC. So the day came when I decided to upgrade and bada-bing-bada-boom, I asked a friend if he could watch me build it and just make sure I didn’t screw up. I consulted this video first. And just to make sure, I found an old PC that I decided to open up and try myself. Everything worked fine, so I went at it! As long as this didn’t happen:
So here’s kind of a step by step as to how I approached this build!
- Obviously, I opened up my case and removed the side panel and messed around the standoffs. I wasn’t sure how many positions I would need for my MoBo (motherboard) so I opened up my MoBo package as well [DON’T PLACE MOBO ON THE ANTI-STATIC PACKAGE] and placed it on the containing box. I saw that I required 6 standoff spots, so I located them in my case, and removed any that weren’t needed.
- Prior to anything else, I wanted to make sure I had the motherboard in place before putting in the power supply in case I didn’t have room. When I bought the case, I read reviews that it was a relatively small case and that it would be a tight fit, so just to ensure things went smoothly first, I would install my MoBo.
- First, I installed the CPU onto the motherboard. You first do this by removing the black panel on the CPU slot on the MoBo, and open up the latch and GENTLY place the CPU into the correct slot. There should be a notch on one of the corners that will fit into the CPU slot. Do not touch the center of the CPU, only hold onto the edges! Afterwards, fold the mounting plate back over and TIGHTEN the latch. It requires a good amount of force, so do not be afraid!!
- DO NOT BE AFRAID OF BENDING THE MoBO
- Next, I placed the RAM into the PCI-E slots. This part is relatively straightforward, open up the side latches, align the notches and push it into place. Typically, pushing the RAM will lock the latches and a pop will be heard. Once again, it’ll require a good amount of force, so DO NOT BE AFRAID.
- Once both of those are on, find the CPU cooler (aftermarket or not) and install it above the CPU. There will be 4 locking pins, so lock them into place and screw them in. Depending on the size, it may be better to place it so that the power wires are the closest to the input channels so it doesn’t have to stretch the wire and possibly get caught in the fan.
- For the most part, the MoBo is done with the configuration so just place it into the case and tighten the standoffs. Depending on the size it may be difficult because it requires the 4-6-8 standoffs to align to be tightened, so take this part slowly, find the standoff that is the easiest and screw it into place. Typically you will find the right spot, but aligning the IO cover with the IO too.
- Once the MoBo is in, install the power supply by screwing the 4 screws into the case. Most likely the PSU will not fit perfectly, so the screws will actually help in bringing it closer to the case.
- Install the HDD or SSD in the mounting slots.
- Once those are all in, plug in all of the LEDs and other power wires. The SATA cables etc! CABLE MANAGEMENT TIME. Remember, you can loop the cables around the other side of the case without the opened panel. Loop things around and keep things neat! Fortunately, I don’t have too many things going on in the case, so a couple of twist-ties and smart placement led to a relatively clear path for cable management options! Obviously, it’s important to plug in all of the cables and wires in properly and with the CORRECT CABLES, so line up the notches and wholes and read the labels.
- Lastly, because I received it last, I installed the GPU. I screwed out some covers, unlocked the locking mechanism, pushed it into place and screwed it back in.
- Booted it up, installed Windows 10 and updated all of the necessary drivers!