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    Building My First PC - Tips needed!

    Lo all,

    I've finally got all the parts for my small form factor machine, but I have never built a PC before..

    What should I look out for? What should I be wary off?

    And whats the bobby basics of all checks / requirements before I delve in there?

    Cheers,
    Nick

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    what kinda of small form factor pc is it? for the most part putting together a pc is like putting together lego's. most of the stuff will only plug in one way.. so if it doesnt fit dont try and make it fit. some things you have to press down kinda hard on to put in but there is a diffrence between applying some pressure and trying to fit a round ball into a square hole..

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    • streetster's system
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    you might want to plug the psu in first, so that anything metal touching the psu (ie the case) is grounded, which means you arent going to kill any components from static, although you do run the risk of breaking stuff - ie if you accidentally turn your pc on without the heatsink on any problems i'm sure there are enough people to help you here, although you really shouldnt have any problems - other than with a sff system everything is extra fiddly.

    good luck and have fun

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    Lo all,

    I've finally got all the parts for my small form factor machine, but I have never built a PC before..

    What should I look out for? What should I be wary off?

    And whats the bobby basics of all checks / requirements before I delve in there?

    Cheers,
    Nick
    well what system specs are you getting? AMD or Intel? Are you considering a Shuttle? As mentioned above most connections have only one way of going in, molexes, IDEs etc.

    If you're concerned with the assembly issues then I reccommend a Shuttle. They come with a comprehensive colour manual on putting it together.

    Other than that its all about DIY and learning it yourself. There are plenty of guides on the net but the risks nowadays are minimal.

    Enjoy!
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    hi all,

    I've got a shuttle myself, but this is an Ideq Q200T (I think)...

    The manual seems excellent, even though it's translated into many languages!

    I'm going to have a blast now...

    IS it reccommended hat I plug in the PSU and turn it on to remove tatic etc?

    I'm not likely to blow myself up am I? ?

    Nick

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    Originally posted by Lead_Head
    I'm not likely to blow myself up am I?
    Have the case chasis plugged into the wall with the kettle leed, but have the wall socket/power adapter (etc) itself turned off with the wall switch.

    Still possible to get a suprising shock from the residual of a PSU, but shouldnt be able to kill yourself if the wall switch is off

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    Putting a PC together is totally safe ... you could be touching anything inside the case apart from inside the PSU and it wouldn't harm you (apart from fans, lol) ... might hurt the PC tho, lol!

    When you start opening monitors ... thats when you wanna be careful Some massive charges kept in there!

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    Hi all,

    Well it took me about 2 1/2 hours to affix everything in the computer AND install XP!

    Well proud of myself

    Was a LOT easier that I thought it would be, it almost makes me wonder why I was so worried before!

    I've just done a windows update which took a lot of the time up, but other that that it was plain sailing!

    Just one more question though,

    I havent got a floppy disk drive in it, and I dont plan to put one in... how'd I get around the boot up when it fails to find a floppy.?

    Cheers,
    Nick

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    you need to go into bios, and in the first screen, set drive a: to 'none' - that should do it

    well done

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