Fascinatin' Rhythm

October 1, 2010

You wanna be starting something

Filed under: PC Build — Thurulingas @ 1:50 pm
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So, I embarked on the first phase of my PC build project this week, and progress has definitely been made.  I’ve been following several different sets of instructions, but probably the most useful has been http://techreport.com/articles.x/13671 which lays it all out pretty clearly.  I’ve also bee using the Custom PC magazine Masterclass article from a few issues back.

The first step then: motherboard, processor, heatsink fan and memory.

Motherboard The motherboard unboxing was fairly painless — made sure I’d earthed myself, and used my new anti-static wrist-strap religiously.  The motherboard is freaking huge, larger than I’d expected (but that was nothing compared to some of the stuff I’d be unboxing later).  It came with a variety of cables and mounts, a big box of screws and plastic thingummys, none of which I had any idea of their puprose, at that early stage.

The board itself came wrapped in an anti-static bag, as shown below.  Custom PC mag recommends assembling the base components outside the chassis, using the mb box as a base of operations.  I followed this recommendation, and it was good advice in the main as I found it easy to organise myself around the box.

Motherboard (bagged) This pic shows the motherboard unboxed, still bagged, with the various components and cables that came along with it.  Included in this were the port shield for later replacement into the chassis, some switch combination bits, and cables.

Motherboard (unbagged)Now unbagged, you should be able to see the motherboard clearly, and I used this point to acquaint myself with its various areas — time that was to prove invaluably spent later on.

The cage in the middle, opened up in the pic to the left, was to receive the processor.  To the left were 6 DIMM sockets for the memory.  Above the cage were the expansion slots, 3 PCI-E and 3 PCI.  I had thought this motherboard was enormous — it would prove to be only just large enough when it came to installing some of the expansion cards later on!

Round the edge of the board were various fan connectors, chassis switch connectors, power inputs, and sundry other mysterious and vaguely intimidating gubbins, including the ports.

Next up, then, was marrying the processor to the MB.

Processor (boxed)Processor (unboxed)

Processor (unboxed)The processor itself was a tiny thing, but came (unexpectedly to me) with its very own heatsink and fan arrangement.  I had already purchased my own processor heatsink and fan, so rejected the bundled one from Intel and proceeded to install the processor in the MB cage.

processor in motherboard cage and there you have it — processor safely ensconced in its cage.

I was slightly concerned that I might have failed to marry the two correctly, but there didn’t seem to be any sense that they would ‘click’ in any way according to the instructions that came with the processor.  Just align them correctly, and bind securely with the cage, and all would be well, it seemed to imply.  So I ignored my misgivings, and soldiered on, hoping that all would be well.

But you’ll have to tune in next time to find out whether all was indeed well!  This is the end of Part 1.  PArt 2 will concern itself with heatsink shenanigans, PSU paroxysms, and cabling.  The chassis will be unboxed.

That is all.

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