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I am building my FIRST scratch built computer
Hope you do not mind some very basic advice.
1. Carefully select your case, that graphics card is not low profile and you could find with some cases that the card impinges on the drive removal depending on layout., not a tremendous problem, but you do not really want to have to take out the graphics if you want access to the HDD.
2. Even more basic - take proper anti-static precautions - a wrist strap - static discharge is cheap and ideal.
4. Check and CHECK again, your motherboard mounting - you will not be the first to lose a motherboard on first power -up.
5. Ideally match the case ot the motherboard - this has advantages
a. You know that the front USB and audio and anything else will have cable terminations to match the headers on the board, again you would not be the first to connect the audio or more fatally the usb if not a block connector to the header and find that you have the ground and live the wrong way round.
b. You know that the motherboard is going to locate correctly for the mounting postions.
6. If it is a quality case, problems are unlikely, avoid the cheap all riveted pressed case.
7. If you buy any components barebone, remember they will not come with cables or mounting screws.- ie the HDD
8. Do NOT forget if the thermal compund is pre-applied to remove the protective film before seating the CPU and cooler. It is a common mistake on first build.
9. Before power up on motherboard and CPU, to check post, check AGAIN all your connections.
10. Esnure all components properly seated - ram is a favourite to not seat clips correctly.
11. Although that graphics card has its own fan, ensure adequate case fans.
Finally read this excellent guide published here on Geeks to Go.
Good luck with the build
Edited by Macboatmaster, 15 March 2011 - 05:05 PM.