This will spread out once your cooler is mounted, and provide a sufficient amount of thermal interface material to successfully transfer heat from the processor die to the cooler of your choosing. Next on the agenda is installing the best RAM to take care your computer memory. Push down the latches at either ends of the DDR4 slots on your motherboard. Then line up the notch on the bottom of the memory with the notch in the slot. After that, you can install the memory by carefully pushing down both sides of the memory into the slot. You should hear a clicking sound as the memory secures into place and the latches click back up.
- Also DDR4 RAM can come with RGB lighting on top to match your build and theme.
- This is also a good opportunity to plug in the rest of your system fans into any available slots on the board.
- You can share the build list with your friends or to the forum for more opinion on you PC build.
- Then line up the notch on the bottom of the memory with the notch in the slot.
The CPU is the engine of your computer and sets the performance expectations for the entire build. Memory and storage fuel the processor, which controls every data transaction within the PC. When you’re determining which CPU to install, pay attention to the gigahertz – the higher the GHz, the faster the processor. However, more GHz also means the CPU consumes more energy, which could lead to higher system temperatures that require better airflow or heat dissipation within the computer.
Step 4: Hard Drives
This part requires some patience, as your case cables are extremely tiny and can be difficult to orient. You’ll want to reference both your case and motherboard manuals during this step. Some motherboards, like our Aorus Ultra, come with a bus that you can plug the case cables into before inserting them into the motherboard.
Make sure the screws are tightened properly, and the pressure applied at the corners is even to avoid CPU damage and cooling performance degradation. If it turns on, hit the delete key until the BIOS screen pops up. Try to check the CPU temperatures and make sure it operates somewhere around degrees Celsius (86 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit). Similarly, check if the drives are registered and whether or not your memory is operating at the right frequencies. Very important to refer to your case’s and your motherboard’s manual to identify which screw to use– or if you’re simply confused.
Motherboard Mobo Installation
You’ll be plugging in all of your power cables into the PSU, including fans, SATA drives, and your cooling system. Most hard drives are SATA which use simple, small cables for a data connection. Look carefully at the cable ends and the connector on the drive and match them up.
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You’ll first want to put aside the box/bag of screws that come with the case as we’ll need these for the steps ahead. For instructions on installing the processor, power supply, and putting the motherboard in the case, consult each component’s owner’s manual. The act of installation or assembling parts isn’t complicated, but there is the potential for errors to occur. That’s why it’s best to follow the more detailed step-by-step instructions for each specific part.
Your case should have a specific bay area dedicated to holding these kinds of drives. Locate this area, then look for two metal clasps on the left and right side of each bay. Here is where you’ll be able to screw in your SATA drive and keep it stable inside your case. Once this is done, you’ll want to reinsert the bay into its place, and then plug a SATA and PSU cable into your hard drive. Find the SATA slot on your motherboard and plug the other side of the appropriate cable into it, then plug the other side of the PSU cable into your power supply. Your drive is now installed, though you will need to format it once your PC is up and running.