Assemble a Computer

by Quing and Yao

With only the power source inside the casing of the tower, place the following accordingly:

1. CD-ROM drive
From the front cover, slide in the CD-ROM drive at the top most available 5 ¼ inch slot or opening. Slide it in until the front of the CD-ROM aligns with the front of the computer case. Then screw it securely.

2. Floppy disk drive
From the front cover, slide in the floppy disk drive in an available 3 ½ inch slot or opening. Slide it in until the front of the floppy disk drive aligns with the front of the computer case. Then screw it securely.

3. Hard disk drive
Under the floppy disk drive, place the hard disk drive inside the computer case. Align the screw poles to the case rails and screw them securely. Remember to differentiate the top and the bottom part.img-8288

4. Motherboard
Place the motherboard near the power source and screw it in place. Remember to align the ports behind the tower. There should be at least six screws.
We are actually placing the motherboard after putting in the drives so the motherboard wouldn’t be in the way of the drives when they are being put in.

5. Microprocessor
An indicator can be seen in the microchip and at the place where it is supposed to be seated at one of its edges. It can be checked if the microprocessor is correctly placed if it sits in without force. Then, lock it in place with the lever.A microprocessor's pins and pinholes

6. Fan
Put in the fan with as less force as possible and lock it in with its given locks. Remember that the levers are facing towards opposite directions. Don’t forget to connect the fan’s wiring!img-8230

7. Video card
Put the video card in its proper place on the motherboard located near the back of the computer case. Then there, secure it with a screw on the back case to hold it in place.img-8265

8. RAM
Line the memory in its designated socket which can be determined by its length. It automatically locks in if the RAM is placed correctly.RAM

9. Ribbon Cables (floppy disk and cd-rom drive, hard disk drive)
Attach each ribbon from the floppy disk drive, CD-ROM drive and hard disk drive to the motherboard. There are a total of three pairs of ribbons in the PC. The end of the partly twisted ribbon goes to the floppy drive. The other ribbons can be checked where to go by looking at their indicators and their length.img-8341

10. Wirings/ power connectors/ power cables
A power connector is to be connected from the floppy disk drive, CD-ROM drive and hard disk drive to the motherboard. It can be determined where to put in the connection by its length and key indicator. Note that in some casings, there may be excess wirings depending on what you need.
Don’t forget those wirings for your switches (power, reset), power LED, and speaker. These may get a bit confusing where to place. Check the mother board up close; it should have small words written on it. It will indicate which wire should go to which pin.img-8345

11. Close the casing
To close the whole tower, slide in the casing then screw it in place. Now just plug it in and the CPU tower is ready to use! Congratulations!img-8352

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