If you’ve ever forgotten how to work a computer motherboard, you might find the following guide to be extremely helpful. Over the years, circuitry has evolved and computers have become more complex than ever before. However, most of us still use the same pathways that our parent’s used during their early computing years. There are still some very crucial steps that go into assembling your PC. You don’t want to worry about missing anything or making any mistakes when it comes time for installation!
This post provides some great tips for successfully building your own computer.
Step 1: Remove the CPU from the Anti-Static Bag
Step 2: Align the CPU with its corresponding slot. Then push down until it is seated completely.
Step 3: Ensure that the socket lever of the socket you are using is pointing directly up. If it is not, then push down on it so that it is. The lever should be pointing straight up and not at a slant, which could cause an issue with your CPU’s connection to your motherboard.
Follow these steps to work a computer motherboard!
Step 4: Apply Thermal Compound to the Processor as Necessary If your computer requires you to apply thermal compound to the processor, do so as per instruction.
Step 5: Connect the CPU to the Motherboard Take a slightly force to connect the processor to the motherboard. This will help you ensure that it is connected securely. Hold down on each side of the processor until it clicks into place. Make sure that you do not over-tighten! If there is one point in which this particular part may be difficult to work, it would be at this junction.
Step 6: Ensure that all parts are working as they should and then power cycle your computer and test-run programs and see if everything works correctly.
Step 7: Connect power to the motherboard via the rear panel.
Step 8: Attach your front panel ports to your motherboard. This will depend on the computer’s model, so make sure that you follow the instructions for your specific system.
Step 9: Connect your drives to the Motherboard, including your optical drives, hard drives, and other drives as necessary. You will need to use a drive bay adapter in order to properly connect these devices into their appropriate slots.
Step 10: Schedule or measure your screws.
Step 11: Apply the screws to the motherboard in order to secure it. As you are applying each screw, make sure that you go in at an angle in order that they do not over-tighten and cause damage to components or break off. If you are having difficulty determining whether your screws are straight, there is a spot with all of the screw holes on it. Try applying each one in this order with an open mind and see if they line up: first: first: first: first: first: first: first (each one to its own spot). You should be able to tell which screw belongs where; if not, try again.
Step 12: Use light lubrication on all of the motherboard’s components where indicated in the manual.
Step 13: Apply thermal paste to each processor, memory IC, and video card to ensure that they are properly cooled.
Step 14: Insulate your computer’s power supply if necessary. This will provide additional protection for your system against power surges. Note that this may also need to be done on your motherboard, which is why it is recommended that you reference the instructions for your system in order to get this job done successfully.
Step 15: Actually plug in the power cord and turn the computer on. If all goes well, you should be able to see your computer’s various components ‘breathe’ as it boots up.
Step 16: Once the computer is on, you should be able to plug in your monitor and peripherals. At this point, you will need to boot it up in order to test all of the different components that you have installed. Run a few programs and make sure that everything runs properly.
Step 17: Once everything appears to be in good working order, you can re-plug in your computer’s power cord. Then proceed with closing up the case and going about your regular business as usual!
“Step 18: Shut down your computer and reboot it. You should be able to now use your computer as you do every day!”
Most one-piece case designs that I see today come with a back panel for each of the ports and slots one would need to plug in connecters and such for the motherboard. These panels typically mount by four screws, two on either side of the motherboard, two in the middle. The bottom screw is usually hidden by plastic covers. Before you begin working on a computer case, take an inventory of all of its components, including any external power cables or hard drives you are using. This will allow you access to everything necessary without having to interrupt any coding once everything is installed.