This is my first post. I am pleased to be here.
A Google search for "How to Build a Computer System" found you for me.
Yesterday and today I physically assembled a new system built from components that I selected by various considerations. I can give more details about what it is but at the moment this is an introductory post.
My system is Windows XP 32 bit (hence this forum). It uses a motherboard built by Foxconn that is PCI-Express oriented, supports the AMD AM2 socket The system has an Athleon 64 2x (dual core) F2 (unsure what this means) processor. (After buying perhaps 1 or 2 too many PCs from D_ll, I was ready for something with AMD inside.) The purpose of the system is to enable me to capture uncompressed standard definition video. The application, and the capture card I decided to go with, requires 3GB sata2 drive systems. I have support for 6 SATA hard drives, 5 are physically installed. The motherboard has on board RAID controller.
I did not order a floppy drive until today. (My prior two computers did not have a floppy. There is not even one laying about that I can borrow to get going.) I hope that lack of a floppy drive does not stop me before I can get the system up and running.
I have not yet broken the seal on my OEM XP Pro software package. I also have a disc that came with the motherboard and one that came with the video card.
The system has an OEM DVD burner (with combi capability) pysically installed. That is the only IDE drive installed.
All hard drives are, for the moment, unformatted. I have an option of formatting one of them on this PC if that is a prerequisite.
I realized from the time that I started putting the system physically together yesterday that needing to get answers to the following question was going to stop forward progress. A while ago it did. The question: How does life get breathed into a (this) new system?
Right now I have a new PC without the drivers and motherboard software installed, without the optical drive installed (in the Windows sense), without the video card installed (ditto) and without a drop of Windows or anything else on any of the hard drives. I do not even know if the PC will boot from one one of the optical installation discs that I have. I realize that first I have to enable the optical drive to be checked in the boot sequence for available software to boot. Before that can even happen I need to know how to set the optical drive so that it is configured properly with the IDE cable. It is the only device on the IDE so it should be the master, but it may require that I change something for that to be possible (most likely a jumper setting). I have to get the optical drive model for you, please give me until later this evening, to get that for you. The optical drive is in the farthest IDE cable connector from the motherboard. That was the only point long enough to reach to the motherboard connector. I am using a full tower case because I needed lots of drive bays.
My guess is that my first step shoud be to bring up the BIOS settings and enable a couple of things. The next step seems to require loading either the motherboard installation disc or the Windows XP pro installation disc, but I do not know which.
I will check back later this evening and see what suggestions and questions may be waiting for me on this thread. I would like to be able to plug the PC in and turn it on this evening and start the process of installing all the required software. I prefer not to throw the power switch until I have had some responses from some folks here that have this done this before. This seems to be a good forum to get those responses. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon.