can i build a rig like how id play with legos?

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In Runtime
hey i just ordered all my parts from newegg and its all here. im going through everything and reading the manuals and im not a comp tech...i mean this mobo manual..damnnn. it looks easy enough, i see where everything goes and from what ive heard everything is pretty much already ready to go with the defaults and stuff. do u think its alright to just go at it like a new bag of legos?
-please excuse this mass of ignorance.

this is what im working with btw-

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice Integrated into Chip FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail

-Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail -RAM

M-AUDIO US99120 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

Leadtek PX6800GT TDH Geforce 6800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail

XCLIO XClio-jr CS428BK Silver/Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail

Antec 480 watt 120mm fan ATX 12V v2.0 power supply, Active PFC, Model "NeoPower" - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

NEC FD1231H-302 Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM


Daemon Poster
I only quickly looked at everything, because I have to go, but I'll tell you this... it is easy if you know what you're doing.

By that I don't mean you have to be a pro. I just simply mean that for some people (who simply know how to turn on a computer and that's it) it could be hard. However, if you read the manual, you should be more than fine. It is like legos in a sense of "this brick has four pegs, so I need to find a square brick to put on top of it that has four pegs also." You just make sure everything matches up. If the case is ATX, make sure the motherboard is ATX. If the motherboard is socket 939, make sure the processor is (which, by quickly glancing, I think you did that fine). It is simple to put it together once you get the pieces... it only really goes in one way.

You shouldn't have too much trouble at all... I wouldn't think so anyway.


The Water Cooling Guru
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if the cpu doesnt just settle in its not in the right way
you shouldnt need any force to put it in just drops in

make sure you use thermal paste on the cpu and cpu heatsink and fan
read the mobo maanual it tells you where all the front leds plug into


In Runtime
exelent advise wayniac thx,
yea everything is compatible via sockets and such, this forum pretty much gave me this list. so should i just screw in the cpu, mount up the mobo, and then put in the cards?
and then put in all my drives with the ide cables?
thats what im thinking about doing when i say legos. at this point thats what im going to do, but do i have to worry much about voltages and master and slave jumpers? or is everything already placed pretty well in default.

thanks alot for any suggestions :)


Daemon Poster
leds are the lights on the front of the box, they have specific places on the mobo to plug in. And yes use the thermal paste, the cooler the processor runs the happier you will be.


Daemon Poster
so should i just screw in the cpu, mount up the mobo, and then put in the cards?
You shouldn't have to screw in the cpu... no. You screw the mobo into the case, but as for the cpu, there should be a lever. Make sure it is up, drop the cpu into the socket and it should EASILY go in. You should have to use no force at all. When it is in, move the lever down to fasten it in place.
is the thermal paste reeeaaallllyyy needed?
As for thermal gel, yes you need it. It fills small cracks and holes where the cpu does not make direct contact with the heatsink. This makes for much better heat transfer and it makes sure that for the most part, the heat gets AWAY from the cpu.
but do i have to worry much about voltages and master and slave jumpers?
As for your voltage concern... you shouldn't have any worries there. The motherboard should already be mostly set up and you should be fine. As for jumpers, yes, you'll have to find where to put them for master (and slave if you have more than one). Shouldn't worry about it though... I think the book tells what to do.


Daemon Poster
you may need an adapter for your power supply, being as the DFI boards require 24-pin Power supplies and most are 20 pin.


In Runtime
c4sTr0 said:
whats "leds"?

If your talking about the Leds for the DFI mobo, There are 4 leds on the bottom left of your board, When you sett up everything they will count down 4,3,2,1. The last Led will stay on until you boot into Windows. If any of the before 1, stays on then sumthing isnt seated right, or faulty. And the number of the led will help you figure out whats wrong.


Fully Optimized
Those are some very very good parts. Who told you to buy them? TF? Word...

LED: Light Emiting Diode. Status lights on the front of your case, there just to tell you what is on. May habve been already said, I'm just maging sure.

Like Wayne said, you do need thermal paste. It is CRITICAL! Use only the size of about a grain of rice on the middle of the CPU. The CPU goes into a socket called a ZIF socket. ZIF stands for Zero Insertion Force. You should just be able to gently place it on the socket and it will fll right into place. no force is needed, NONE! Do NOT attempt for force it in. If it is not going in, it is either not lined up right or going in the wrong way.

Go into your motherboard book to tell you where to plug the LED jumpers in. It's very easy. Need any help, just ask.

I was thinking of making a step by step tutorial of how to build a computer when I put together my new computer, just to help out pelpe like this guy. Complete with pictures and stuff, I think it would help some people out. What you all think of that idea?
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