Found 5th Jul 2007

I have decided to build my own PC and have selected the following components:

Antec Nine Hundred - Gaming Case with 200mm Top Fan - No PSU

Samsung SH-S183 SATA 18x DVD±RW/RAM Black - Bare Drive OEM

Sapphire ATI X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 VIVO dual DVI PCI-E Graphics Card

Hiper Silver 730W Modular PSU - Omnigrid II Quad SLI Ready

Asus COMMANDO P965 Socket 775 Onboard Audio ATX

Intel E4400 Socket 775 2x2.00GHz 800MHz FSB 2MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

Kingston 2GB KIT (2X1GB) DDR2 667MHz/PC2-5300 CL5 Non Ecc 1.8V

Vista Home Premium x64

This little lot comes to £600 delivered, as this is my first build does anyone have any advice? is it difficult?. I have already had experience in installing a new power supply, graphics card and memory but have never installed a motherboard or set one up from scratch. Is there a lot to setting up the bios or is it as easy as reading the manual and insterting a cd. Thanks guys :thumbsup:

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As easy as reading the manual and inserting a CD usually. Takes a bit more time than the other parts, make sure all the standoffs in the case are in the correct position and the blanking plate is properly fitted before putting the motherboard in the case. The case wires (power switch, LEDs etc) are a bit fiddly but there are diagrams in the manual where everything should go.

Should be a very nice build - is the PSU not overkill a bit? Perhaps get a quieter model at around 550W (easily enough for the setup) and a better aftermarket cooler for the CPU? Or consider a 6300+ CPU?

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Thanks very much for the advice!!, I fell in love with the Antec case as it has so many fans and looks really nice. That is the only definite part at the moment the others are just placeholders as I may wait on a 8800gts to come down in price also wait on the Intel CPU price reduction thats coming so that I could pick up a 6600.

x64?, Is that 64 bit edition?

As far as i'm aware, There are a lot more driver/program problems with 64 bit, You'd be better off with 32 bit.

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Install the motherboard into the case without any spacers and short the board out :thumbsup:

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Thanks for the tips about the spacers!!.

come again?

explain a bit more please

do u mean do not install directly on it and use them 1cm or so pins to raise it a little?


come again?explain a bit more pleasedo u mean do not install directly on … come again?explain a bit more pleasedo u mean do not install directly on it and use them 1cm or so pins to raise it a little?

There are little brass things called spacers/standoffs:-

They go between the screw holes on you motherboard and the screw holes in your case, and stop the motherboard touching the case.


[FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="4"]Do Not... I repeat...[/size][SIZE="6"]Do … [FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="4"]Do Not... I repeat...[/size][SIZE="6"]Do Not...[/SIZE][/FONT]Install the motherboard into the case without any spacers and short the board out :thumbsup:

Why did i have to find this out the hard way:whistling:

what happens

one build i did for my friend i installed it directly to the case............

edit: short the board u say OOOPS

the board shouldn't really fit the case properly without the stand-offs - the board will be being bent so the output ports still fit. The Antec cases often come the spand-offs pre-fitted (not on all models though). Nearly all mATX and ATX cases use the same holes these days but there are occasional exceptions so make sure that there aren't any of the brass stands that do not meet with a hole on the motherboard (as these can also cause the board to bend or short). The motherboard should fit well - if you think you are forcing something then it isn't in properly.

One final point that still catches me out sometime is the port shield. First, remember to fit it before putting the motherboard in (they are different for most motherboards so you may have to remove the one already in the case and replace it with the one that will come in the motherboard box). These usually have folds of metal over the LAN port and USB ports that you usually have to bend back a bit before fitting the motherboard (otherwise they can get stuck between the port and shield) - don't have a photo to hand but its probably a lot less complicated than I just made it sound!

I always tend to fit my processor, memory and power connection whilst the motherboard is outside of the case. It's also easier to set jumper switches should you board have them.

Jumper switches! Old school... Good tip though, make sure you have motherboard on something flat though when fitting memory/CPU heatsink so you dont bend the board.

Did I hear anybody shout anti-static wristbands ?
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