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    First time build... Any tips?

    Hi guys. I'm building for the first time and here's what I've got:

    Case: Antec P180, Black
    PSU: Seasonic S12, 430W
    MoBo: Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi
    CPU: Intel C2D E6400
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 320Gb
    RAM: Corsair 2Gb DDR2 XMS2 Twin2X
    Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro, 256Mb w/Zalman

    I've also got a SATA DVDRW (Sony), and a Compro VideoMate TV card to put in.

    So it's: anti-static band, check; arctic silver paste, check; only a vague idea of what I'm doing, check...

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    Take your time is not a race, and make sure you got everything you could want at hand before you start e.g. screwdrivers

    What bits you struggling with?

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    Don't forget to put the motherboard riser screws in first.

    Don't forget to press out the case's temporary I/O shield before putting the motherboard in.

    Case LED/power switch cables are a pain in the bum and no two manufacturers can agree on a system.

    Yes, RAM does need that much force to clip in.

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    Spend some time running cables neatly, and don't worry about taking something out and reinstalling it if it gets in the way.

    Any have the motherboard manual to hand, as kalniel says the connectors always seem to be different.

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    From doing my first build a few months ago I did the following idiotic mistakes.

    1) I put way too much thermal paste on the cpu and had to redo it later.

    2) Initially I positioned the fan so it was blowing in the wrong direction. Have a look at your case and make sure you know which way you want the fan blowing. It's pretty obvious really but if you have the board on a desk somewhere then make sure you check!

    3) I left the case fans till last and it was a bit of a struggle to get them in properly with everything else in, of course this depends on your case but it won't do any harm to make sure they're in place before you put everything else in.

    4) Think about which slots you put the cards in, I got mine 'up and running' with a minimal amount of cards first and then found out my sound card didn't fit in the only remaining PCI slot as there was a capacitor in the way... oops.

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    Martin87 - Trust me, I aint rushin'. It's taken me more than 4 months to buy all these bits as it is! Plus I got the whole kit similar to the one by belkin, with the anti-static band plus a whole host of other stuff: screwdrivers, allen keys, soldering iron...
    I'm not struggling with anything in particular, yet. Everything is still in its boxes, actually. Just looking for a heads up before I start.

    Kalniel & Jimbouk - Thanks. I'll be making a note of those tips...

    D032sh - I did the too-much-thermal-paste thing myself on my old computer - nearly used the whole tube of arctic silver...
    All the fans are already installed on the Antec P180 case, I think, but I think the blowing direction is adjustable, so I'll bear what you said in mind.
    I'm also thinking about cutting open the anti-static sleeves, resting the MoBo on that, and then putting all the cards in one time. That a good idea?

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    Case LED/power switch cables are a pain in the bum and no two manufacturers can agree on a system.
    Fortunately my P5B came with a nice little block which matches the P5B power/led config and has it all nicely labelled. So providing your case has labeled connections, that should be nice and simple.

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    Yeah, just be careful and think things through. Its pretty straight forward, is pc building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bravenovice View Post
    I'm also thinking about cutting open the anti-static sleeves, resting the MoBo on that, and then putting all the cards in one time. That a good idea?
    Does that case have a removable motherboard tray? If not then you have to install the cards only after you've put the motherboard in.

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    Similar to my spec

    - If you can make sure you download the latest Bios from Assus site onto a port.USB drive

    - Don't think you are using RAID so no need to worry about putting drivers onto a floppy

    - Get latest drivers ready for GPU (don't use the cd,) INTEL, TV Card, Virus software and anything you may need onto USB

    - Suggest you use an alternative soundcard to the onboard one. If not visit ASUS site and download onto USB
    - Plenty of space to work

    - Look over the components as you unpack before installing any - do they 'look' ok - no dings, dents or bits snapped off. Make sure you keep packaging with each components boxes - very important if things go wrong.

    - Have a youghurt pot (low one) to collect screws, risers, and other bits as you come across them

    - One bit at a time: mobo, cpu, heatsink, ram

    - Check that the mobo, ram, psu, cpu(& heatsink & fan) work 'before' fixing it to the case. Put the mobo with all the bits in it on the bag it came in and put this on a case side panel. Attatch the power button line from the case (easy to do with the ASUS configurator.) Run some power through it - see if it switches on and beeps. Disconnect wires

    - Move onto case: remove any drive bays you wont need. Sort out case wiring from front panel. Change rear I/O panel. Affix any DVD player drive inserts and install. Insert any standoffs. Install hard drive

    - Insert the psu into the case

    - Insert the mobo - carefully. Use washers as you affix the holding screws

    - Insert the graphics card (and attatch to monitor) and switch on again - does it work?

    - Attatch the hard drives & any IDE interfaces if you have them (don't forget the keyboard) - switch on and test.

    - Install any other PCI

    - Provide power to the case fans

    - Switch on (keyboard in, mouse in, and monitor only to start)

    - Double check user guide on bios flashing via USB

    - Insert USB stick and flash the board

    - Fresh install of O/S

    - Install in this order INTEL, GPU drivers, Sound, depending on your method of internet connection you may need to now install them. Virus software.

    - Make sure windows firewall is on (depends on internet connection router or not) and visit Windows update before doing anything else

    - follow this http://www.tweakguides.com/System.html

    - then once that's all working and if you want to have a play follow Clunks guide to overclocking - it's very thorough 'but' follow it to the letter.

    Bit by bit assembly is much better so you can make sure that if something doesn't work you don't have to go through the pain of taking it all apart

    Keep all your boxes and packaging for at least 2 months...

    And most of all have fun!! Come back if you have any questions...
    Last edited by gha128; 12-06-2007 at 01:48 PM.

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