Build your own PC in 45 minutes
If you wanted to learn how to build a PC, you have come to the right place. First let me tell you, building a PC is SUPER SIMPLE and I call it Big Boy’s Legos. There are just a few things to keep in mind, and you are ready to go.
First thing is you need to pick parts that that are compatible with each other so you can just go to PCPartPicker and do a compatibility check. Eg- You cannot use DDR3 RAM on a DDR4 motherboard or you cannot put an Intel processor in an AM4 socket.
Here is a list of the parts I used.
- Intel core i3 7th gen.
- Asus H110m-cs Motherboard.
- DDR4 4GB RAM.
- Corsair VS450 450watt PSU.
- Corsair SPEC-01 cabinet.
- Seagate Freeplay 750GB
So let us start by putting the CPU in the motherboard. First, open the CPU socket by lifting up the arm. Then Match the triangle on the CPU to the triangle on the motherboard and gently place down the CPU. put down the arm. The socket cover should pop out. keep it safe.
Now, your motherboard should look something like this:-
Now, let’s install the CPU cooler. Start by aligning the cooler such as the CPU fan header (marked something like CPU_FAN on the motherboard) is closest to the fan’s wire. Now push on the four tabs in a cross pattern and plug in the fan’s wire into the motherboard. Voila! your cooler is now installed.
The third step is to install the RAM. Start By pressing the tab on the sides of the RAM slot. Some motherboards have tabs on both the sides, ours has only on one side. Apply pressure on both sides of the RAM until it clicks and the tab closes on its own. Your RAM is now installed. easy, uh?
Firstly, What is POST? POST stands for Power-On Self-Test is the diagnostic testing sequence that a computer’s basic I/O system runs to determine if the computer keyboard, random access memory, disk drives, and other hardware are working correctly.
To perform the POST, first, we will plug-in the 24-pin connector and the 4-pin CPU connector from our power supply to the motherboard. Now its time to turn it on! Connect your power supply to a wall outlet. As our motherboard doesn’t have a power button we need to short the power pins using a screwdriver. The pins to be shorted should be marked as
PWR on your motherboard there will also be a diagram in your motherboard’s manual to help you out. Connect a VGA cable to your motherboard and hook it up to your monitor. Short those pins and you will see video up on your monitor. Congratulations, your PC is Technically ready.
Now you can unplug the power cables and continue to the next step.
Coming to the cabinet
Start by removing both the side panels. Then inserting the IO shield to the cabinet making sure that the 3 circular holes are at the bottom. Now screw in the power supply unit. After that, just test fit your motherboard inside the case then screw it in. Use standoffs if required.
Now its time for the hard disk. Pull out one of the drive bays and screw your hard disk in. Use the SATA cable that came with your motherboard to plug one side into your motherboard and other to the hard disk. Take the flat connector from your PSU and connect it to the hard drive.
First, connect the 24-Pin connector and the 4-Pin connector to the motherboard. Then connect the Power (2pins), Power LED(+,-), HDD LED(+,-) and Reset switch (2pins) to the pins which we shorted while doing POST. Connect the front audio connector to [F_AUDIO], USB 3.0 header to [USB3_12] and front USB 2.0 to [F_USB]. Connect the front fan to [CHA_FAN]. The cabling is basically done now. A small diagram to connect these will be there on the motherboard as well as in the instruction manual.
The last part…
Now that your PC is Ready, before closing the cabinet you are still left with two little things.
1. Do a test Boot.
This may sound obvious but just hit the power button once and check if everything is working fine. As soon as you will hit the power button you will see this:-
YaY! if this comes you can continue to the very last thing: cable management.
2. Cable Management
Cable management is really important! What if one of your cables get stuck in one of your fans? That will cause lots of problems. So take your time do the cable management and then you can close the cabinet.
Here’s how the final product looks like:-
Thanks for reading!