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Holidays 2017 Budget $700 Gaming System Build Guide (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri from Dec 18, 2017 @ 22:16 CST

Putting It Together


Everything is out of its packaging and ready for construction.


I always install the CPU first, as it's easier and safer to do when other components aren't installed and are blocking the way. Try to handle the CPU by its edges, and match the notches on the edges of the CPU to the notches on the socket. The good news is that we can use the stock Intel cooler since the CPU is not capable of overclocking we don't need a better cooler. The stock cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied for a perfect application.


There is one case fan already installed; it's positioned to blow into the case. I reversed the fan so that it blows out of the case (opposite of the image above). The case comes with standoffs, zip ties, and black and white accents that can replace the red ones that come installed.


Install the standoffs for a Micro-ATX motherboard, not those for a Mini-ITX motherboard. The case we used indicated which screw holes were for each form factor. Make sure to install the IO panel before installing the motherboard. Then install the motherboard, I install the RAM after I install the CPU. If you have an M.2 drive, it's also best to install it when the motherboard is out of the case.


I installed the SSD on a special rack designed for 2.5" SSDs. Cable management is important, so we zip-tied some of the wires down. However, since we aren't using a majority of our power supply cables, we tucked the unused power cables into the bay for 3.5" HDDs.


The last step is to plug in the GPU and then the power connectors. Some GPUs require extra power from the PSU, but not ours. You should also install the cables for the case's features. We installed the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HD audio, and front panel case wires. Don't forget to connect the SSD to the motherboard with a SATA cable.

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