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ASRock's Phantom Gaming Alliance Build Guide (Page 4)

Steven Bassiri | Oct 24, 2019 at 09:09 am CDT - 2 mins, 32 secs reading time for this page

Building the System - Part 1

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We used an Intel 9900K along with a Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 motherboard. The first step in this build will be installing the CPU, DRAM, and the cooler mounting bracket on the motherboard.

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The CPU we used had been in a previous system. When you install the CPU you can leave the cover on the socket, as it will pop off once the bracket is latched with the CPU installed. You will want to line up the notches on the CPU to those in the socket, and you want to handle the CPU by the edges trying not to touch any of the gold pads on the underside.

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The DRAM is next, and we can see the styling on the memory is matching the styling on the motherboard. To install the RAM you want to press firmly down and let the DRAM latch itself at the bottom and top. You want to use the DRAM slots second and fourth from the CPU first. You can also put the mounting together, but just remember that since we aren't mounting the cooler yet the hold down mechanism might slip out the back.

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We counted out how many of the modular cables we need on the PSU, and we plugged them in We are also going to install modular connectors so that the unused ports are closer to the side of the case with access, so you can easily add more later and not have to remove the PSU.

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We then will route our power cables to where they will need to go, just to make sure we have enough reach to meet the ports.

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The next step is to prep the cooler as we will install it into the case before we install the motherboard, although you can change that order. The fans have rubber corners to reduce vibration and noise. We put the fans in a pull position so that they blow out of the case, as the radiator will be our exhaust. We want to maintain positive pressure inside the case to reduce dust and push air everywhere, so we have two 200mm fans and one 120mm fan pushing into the case and two 120mm exhaust fans pushing out.

In many cases people might want to sandwich the radiator, fan, and case mounting point with one screw, but we don't need to do that here as the screw tips to screw the fans into the radiator double as holes for mounting screws.

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Do not forget to remove the cold plat protector plastic.

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Here we find out mounting point for the radiator, and we can see the case supports many different types of radiators.

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We loosely screwed the radiator into the case, but we didn't tighten the screws so that we could slide the radiator once the block is installed on the motherboard so we can find the best position for the tubing.

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