Now that you have all the parts and tools needed, it is time to begin installation of all the parts. For the assembly process, I would firstly recommend a good workspace such as a table or desktop. Before starting any installation, make sure to put on your anti-static wrist strap, as static electricity from your body can damage some of your components.
The very first step of the installation process, is preparation of your computer case. Most computer cases have a side panel on the left side which can be removed for installation and removal of parts. This panel is usually held on by screws or clamps. It may be best to lay your case down with the panel facing up. Follow the instruction manual that came with your case if you are having any difficulty removing the side panel.
Once the side panel has been removed, you will notice that there may be some wires in your case. These wires are generally connected to the case led lights and speakers. Some will also connect to any ports your case provides in the front, including usb and headphone ports. Set these wires aside as best you can, as you will need space to install the motherboard.
The next thing to do is install the motherboard standoffs. If you look into the case, you may find several sets of holes on the bottom of your motherboard (assuming you have put your computer case on its side, with the left panel side facing up). These holes are place holders for the motherboard standoffs, which will hold your motherboard in place. Screw in the appropriate standoffs in the designated holes (depending on the size of your motherboard, mATX or ATX). The instruction manual of your case or motherboard can provide more clarity on this if you run into any problems, although it should be pretty straightforward.
Next you will want to install the I/O plate that is provided with your motherboard. The I/O plate is a small metallic piece, usually rectangular in shape. It simply snaps into the rectangular space on the back of your case, with holes for all the I/O ports on the back of your motherboard.
Lastly, you will want to remove any panels on the front of your computer case to make space for any floppy or CD/DVD/BD ROM drives you plan to install.
Now that your case is ready, it is time to install the Power Supply Unit.
Want to skip ahead in the installation process? Use the table below to move to a specific part of installation.
- CPU and Heatsink/Fan
- RAM (Memory)
- Hard Drive
- Floppy or CD/DVD/BD ROM Drive
- Video Card and Sound Card
- First Boot and BIOS Setup
- OS Installation