You’ll typically use the graphics card output that’s near the bottom of the case, though some motherboards may have this port on the right or left side of the case. Remove any front panels on the case (if you’re installing an optical drive, you will usually install it near the top of the case). There is typically only one way that these connectors can attach to the motherboard. You’ll use this to connect the hard drive to the motherboard later. The graphics card should take up 1/3 of a gaming computer budget. As with any other component, make sure that your graphics card is compatible with your motherboard.
Again, consult your motherboard manual to locate these pins. By simply making contact with the + and – pins for POWER_SW we’re telling the motherboard to turn the system on. It’s precisely what happens when you hit the power button on your PC case. Give it a few attempts if you can’t quite make the connection between the two pins.
Case, Fans, And Power Supply
Also DDR4 RAM can come with RGB lighting on top to match your build and theme. Each CPU cooler supports a different thermal design power , indicating the upper range of heat output that it can handle. More powerful CPUs need better coolers to ensure stable operation.
- Get your power supply and check which cables you’ll be using for later (if you’re using a semi-modular or fully modular PSU).
- Processor/CPU – The Central Processing Unit is the “brain” of the computer.
- Our general rule of thumb is to install as many parts as possible before screwing it into your case.
- Find the RAM slots on your motherboard; they will look something like the first picture above..
Push down the retention bracket arm and hook it back under the latch where it was originally. If you are unsure you can watch detailed video guides to check that you are doing the right thing and applying a normal amount of force. Lift the CPU retention bracket lever to reveal the socket and its pins. These are incredibly delicate and easy to bend , so be very careful when working around the socket. If you aren’t gaming or editing video, you’ll want to make sure your CPU supports integrated graphics. Disk Drives – Connect it to the motherboard and PSU the same way you connected the hard drive.
Turn The Pc On
Needing higher density, the market has developed 3D nand memory, layering memory on top of each other. MSATA drives originally were for laptops, but turned into the m.2 storage sticks we see today. Originally connected with SATA, the new versions connect directly to the motherboard’s PCIe lanes to provide blazing fast speed.
Here’s where things are a little different depending on which of the best processors and/or brand you decided to go with. Typically you want two fans in the front drawing air in and at least one in the rear blowing air out. You could also screw one or two more optional fans into the roof of the PC case for additional exhaust, if your PC case has mounting points for them. For instance, if you’re just going to be using your PC to do daily office work – like web browsing or writing up documents – you don’t need to drop thousands of dollars on a fancy gaming rig. But, before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s get you all hooked up with everything you need to know about how to build a PC. Oh, and by the way, you’re in good hands – we’ve built quite a few PCs and have used our expertise to put together this step-by-step guide so you can build your own in no time.