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How to Build Your Own Computer
Harold writes in with a hardware question:
Question:How do you assemble your own CPU?
Answer: Assembling your own PC is not as hard as it sounds. As long as you have all the right parts its just a matter of mounting them in the case and plugging in the right cables. Its not like the old days when you had to set jumpers and manually setup your hard drive in the BIOS of the motherboard.
If you were to go to a computer parts store and select what you want they can make sure all the parts match. Then you basically mount the motherboard with the CPU and RAM in place, hard drive, CD ROM, and any extra cards like sound or network. Most motherboards will have built in sound, network and video which will be adequate for most users.
Make sure the hard drive and CD have power plugged in and the ribbon cables or SATA cables depending on what type you are using are plugged in. See this link for more about SATA drives.
Attach the CPU fan power to the motherboard and also the power supply plug to the motherboard. You may also have a smaller plug that goes to the motherboard in addition for power.
Attach the small wires for the power button, reset switch, hard drive light, power light and internal speaker to the motherboard. You may also have additional USB ports on the front of the case that will need to be plugged into the motherboard. You may also have a sound cable that runs from the CDROM to the motherboard or sound card if you have an add on sound card.
After everything is plugged in double check it all. Then you can plug in a keyboard and monitor and start it up. If all goes well then you will see the configuration on the screen and it will recognize your processor, RAM and drives.
Then you can put in your Windows or other operating system CD and boot to it to start the installation.
We will be doing a more in depth write up on this subject in the near future so keep checking back.