New processors allow computers to run faster, larger hard drives hold more data and larger amounts of RAM allow computers to manage their tasks quicker and more efficiently than ever. Building a custom PC lets users decide which parts they want in their system and allows them to customize their computer to meet their specific needs. It also gives them the ability to switch out specific parts when they become obsolete.
1). Set the motherboard down on a flat, static-free surface. Slide your RAM into the RAM slot on the motherboard marked "bank 0" to install it. Slide any additional RAM into the additional RAM slots.
2). Lift the lever next to the CPU slot and insert the processor into the slot. Install the fan and heat sink onto the CPU per the specific instructions that came with your processor.
3). Insert your graphics card into the graphics card slot on your motherboard.
4). Line your motherboard up with the installation holes in your computer case. Use the screws that came with your case to mount the motherboard. Connect the motherboard to the on/off switch, the reset button, the speakers and the lights on your case. Connect the power supply to the motherboard.
5). Punch out the cutouts on the front of your case for the drives you will be installing. Slide your disc drive(s) into the proper slots on the front of your case. Slide your hard drive into the proper location with the power and data connections facing the inside of the case.
6). Connect the power connectors to all of the disc drives in the system. Plug a wide data cable into the primary IDE connector on the motherboard. Plug the other end into your hard drive. Plug another wide data cable into the secondary IDE connector on the motherboard. Plug the other end into your disc drive. Close your case.