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How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101

How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101

We just recently ran a contest on HotHardware in which we planned to give away a high-end, custom-built gaming system (built by yours truly), to one lucky reader who came up with a creative name for our weekly video podcast. We got a few requests to document the build process on video, so that’s exactly what we did. We didn’t go too in-depth, but did explain the approach we like to take to systems and talked about a few of the build decisions and tweaks we made along the way...

How To Build A Computer: System Assembly 101

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Very nice tut on cable management...

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Neat and tidy as expected. Good job on the build.

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I like it!  Looks like that HAF has quite a bit of room behind the motherboard to work with.  Awesome system.

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Very Nice Job on the cable management and rest of the build.

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Cool video.

Wish the case had a black finsh on the inside, woulda made it look a little cooler, but if it was going to me i wouldnt be complaining about a sick and free computer.

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Great video, I couldn't have asked for a better one Marco. You did a fantastic job on the build too.

FreeJet,   You Lucky Dog!

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fat78:

Wish the case had a black finsh on the inside, woulda made it look a little cooler, but if it was going to me i wouldnt be complaining about a sick and free computer.

 

Funny you should mention that.  After we announced the contest and the parts started arriving, I thought about giving the winner a different case for this exact reason.  Having a black interior gives the appearance of an even cleaner case and I had just done a round-up and had a bunch of options in-house.

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Very nice, concise, and orderly build Marco, maybe it will inspire some new people to hop on the building train. I could not think of a more concise one that is for sure. Enjoy it Freejet!

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NICE! lol loved the video :P

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Thanks, Marco - that was a very informative video. I haven't paid a lot of attention to cable management in the builds that I have done, but your video has really inspired me!Big Smile 

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Rightly said!! Now even I'm planning to open up my case for a proper cable routing. You inspire us Marco!! Yes

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LOL, compare my cabling to marcos... lol

Maybe i just have more cables lol.

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Lol; "maybe I have more cables. That may be true especially if none of them are routed. I personally need to re-seat my heatsink (Prolimatech Megashadow (Push/Pull Config) (I may change it to blow up and out the big fan as well), and of course re-apply my AS ceramique, but my cables look about the same as Marco's, although I don't use quite so many zip tie's. As far as it goes I think I may need to format, and re-organize my SSD anyway as well. So PC clean up time which I generally do yearly anyway.

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I used to just tuck wires out of the way of the airflow inside the case, but the last three builds that I did were done trying to make it pretty and functional like this one that Marco did so well. They worked out OK.

I don't usually use Zip Ties on my builds. I have a flat, waxed nylon line that we used to use tying wire bundles in aircraft. I use a knot that can be untied later on if you have to take it all apart. It's not that I dislike wire ties, but I was trained to use this cord on wire bundles years ago.

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Really tidy for a standard PSU. I admit I leave everything loose in the back and keep my neat only where the eye can see, but this kinda made me wanna civilize the situation back there.

I wonder about that sound card though, if well do I recall the Crosshair's got a really oustanding sound setup on its own, with gold lined connectors and all. Is there a significant improvement with that card?

And on another note, why do men call everything "she"? Computers, boats, buildings, anything sturdy is a lady =P

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karmafire:
why do men call everything "she"? Computers, boats, buildings, anything sturdy is a lady

Who knows why,...........................My '69 Camaro was a girl, but my Impala was "Brutus". Geeked

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They're all boys to me.

Maybe not the Beetle. =)

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Meet Nellie,.....She takes me there.

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Don't tell Nellie but uh... she looks like a Brutus.

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Marco very nice video presentation and excellant job on the build of course. I like seeing that 970 put to use because I,ve been wanting to get my hands on one of them to go with my Asus M4A79 deluxe but there was no support for it on my board untill just recently they updated the bios for it.Right now I m having to spend money on medical problems but soon I want to grab me one, think that would be a welcome addition to my system not that my BE720 doesnt do well but you know always want to upgrade and since its a nice board Im going for the 970.Out of curiousity what is the OCZ  PN nu: on the ram your using on the board I want to see how it compares to the OCZ ram Im using now!?  Your cable management is great too and that HAF looks quite roomy just all in all a great build. Great numbers  on it too every thing depends on parts and set up just like a car the parts and set up is the key if you have one bottle neck in the setup your just kicking yourself in the head so good matched parts, setup and software makes all the differance to a quality build and I got a couple in mine including the lack of a SSD which I definatly am looking forward to getting. By the way in re: to the size of your SSD drive Im sure its for the OP system and drivers how do you set up the large drive is it split into partitions or is at a single drive setup at its full volume! If I were to obtain a drive of that size of course due to cost just curious how you store any other software programs on the other drive. Great Job hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!!

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The cable work is very good :) my comp is just a mess when it comes to cables xDDD. a year ago i bought the cabinet haf 922, and i kinda regret because its not so bug as i hoped, but the air flow is very good. my main problem with my pc now is my cpu :( it got overheated and now its lagging a bit... before it got overheated it scored 7.4 at windows rating, but after overheating it only scores 6.2 so my cpu sucks. i hope i win the new computer at the contest :) unless my new noctua fan (cooler) helps my cpu :)

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Great vid Marco - It really showed me what I should try to do with my cables next time.

One thing I was surprised about is that you installed the CPU, cooler and mem before installing the MB.  Is that what most of you other guys do too?  I've never done that... probably because I've owned several weird cases with limited space where it's really hard to connect 5 1/4" drives  or other components without first removing the memory from the MB.  So, I've always just installed the MB first, then the CPU & Cooler, and save the memory for the last step.

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3vi1:
you installed the CPU, cooler and mem before installing the MB.  Is that what most of you other guys do too? 

Yes, I find that it's easier to support the Mainboard on a flat surface beforehand to plug in the RAM. The ability to move the board around and have it right in front of me during CPU and Cooler installation works for me too.

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realneil:

Yes, I find that it's easier to support the Mainboard on a flat surface beforehand to plug in the RAM. The ability to move the board around and have it right in front of me during CPU and Cooler installation works for me too.

 I agree it makes it easier also when you have it on a flat surface outside the case you get a better view of how you cooler and cpu are seated as well as the memory. Once I do that then I basically use the cooler as a handle to guide the MB into the case. Works out real well for me! Depending on the case its to cumbersome to install the cpu and cooler after also you put a lot of downward force on it while its sitting on the stanoffs which makes me nervous possibility of cracking the MB.

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amdcrankitup:
Once I do that then I basically use the cooler as a handle to guide the MB into the case.

That's the kind of thing I try to avoid with my approach.  I tend to treat hardware way more delicately than I need to - probably because I don't build but once every couple of years.  I guess that's why I'm a software guy instead.  :)

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