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Building Your Own Computer. 14-Aug-09. Step 1. Required Materials. Tools Screw Driver – Phillips Head Cross Point Pickup Magnet – For dropped screws! Flashlight – Small LED Tweezers – The type used for sewing with small curved jaws Hardware

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Building your own computer

Building Your OwnComputer


Step 1 required materials
Step 1. Required Materials

  • Tools

    • Screw Driver – Phillips Head Cross Point

    • Pickup Magnet – For dropped screws!

    • Flashlight – Small LED

    • Tweezers – The type used for sewing with small curved jaws

    • Hardware

    • Case – Antec cold-rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W PS ($99.95)

    • Motherboard - Intel DG35EC Socket 775 mATX w/Video, 6-Channel HD Sound ($89.95)

    • Processor - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor ($89.95)

    • Memory Modules - DDR PC3500, DDR2 PC4200 - 2 GB - 800 MHz - DIMM ($34.99)

    • Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA 7200 RPM 8MB Cache ($44.99)

    • CD ROM – A Open DVD R/W from SLC072

    • Power Supply – Supplied with Antec Case

    • Corded USB Keyboard & Mouse!!!!!

    • Total Cost - $359.83 w/tax


Step 2 prepare the case
Step 2. Prepare the Case

  • Screws – Check the packages inside the case for:

    • Chassis Screws to hold down the cards

    • Smaller screws to fasten the motherboard

    • Washers

    • Verify that the case is ready for the Mother Board and hard drive:

    • Power Supply

    • Fan

    • Feet

    • Hard Drive bays

    • Replace the I/O shield with the one from the Mother board


Step 3 prepare the mother board it is much easier to do this outside the case
Step 3. Prepare the Mother Board(It is much easier to do this outside the case!)

  • Install the Processor - Intel currently uses Socket T (775)

    • Open the ZIF socket (Zero Insertion Force) carefully and don’t force it!

    • Orient The Chip. This involves locating Pin 1 on both the chip and the socket. This is easy to do. The chip is always marked at Pin 1. The mark may be a little dot on one corner, a slightly notched corner, or a mark at one of the pins under the chip. On the socket, there is usually a notch on one corner, or a big “1″. These corners will be matched up for correct installation.

    • insert the chip into the ZIF socket. The chip should install very easily. It should almost fall into the socket with all pins lining up. Make certain ALL pins line up. Then, slowly push the chip into the socket. Use your thumb and push on one side of the chip until it starts to go in. Then proceed to another side and repeat. Do this around the chip several times until it is completely installed.

    • Close the ZIF Socket.

    • Install the memory

    • Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal object and press the module down until the clips close into place.


Step 4 install the mother board
Step 4. Install the Mother Board

  • Turn the case onto its side and move all the power leads from the power supply out of the way so that you have clear access to the motherboard plate.

  • Gather the standoffs and screw them into the holes in the case or mounting plate that line up with holes on the motherboard. You can tighten them with a 3/16″ nut driver or by hand.

  • For the holes on the motherboard that line up with an eyelet hole on the case (a hole that is very long so that you can slide things in it), install a plastic stand-off on the motherboard. The stand-offs should poke through the motherboard and expand to keep them in place.

  • Tighten the board down. Install the screws into each of the standoffs underneath, through the board and the washers if you used them. Tighten them down by hand first, then finish them with a screwdriver. Make sure you do not tighten them too much. You don’t want to crack the board. Just make them snug so that the board doesn’t wiggle around in the case. It may be necessary to adjust the position of the board somewhat in order to get the holes aligned with the standoffs to tighten the screws.


Building your own computer

Step 5b. Connect the Mother Board

  • Connect the power to the Mother Board

  • Connect the CPU fan to the power

  • Study the case connectors on the motherboard and match them up with case connector wires. The connectors are usually a big block of pins located in the lower section of the board. Each connector will be labeled to tell you what case feature it leads to. When connecting, consult the manual for pin 1’s, to make sure each connector is plugged in the right way.

  • Connect the reset switch. It can be plugged in any way, just make sure you connect it to the right pins. The pins may be labeled RST or RESET, but it is best to also consult the manual.

  • Connect Power LED/ Keylock Switch. Many system cases put these two devices on one 5-pin plug, but if you case does not have a keylock, it will be alone. The motherboard will probably be labeled accordingly. Just plug in the plug. If your system has separate plugs for each, connect them separately.

  • Connect the hard drive activity LED. It is usually labeled HDD, HDD_LED, or something similar. If this is attached incorrectly, the light may either never come on later or will stay on all the time when the PC is running.

  • Connect the PC speaker into the 4 pins on the motherboard.


Building your own computer

Step 6. Install the Hard Driveand CD ROM

  • SATA Hard Drive: We are in luck here because each SATA drive uses its own channel and there is no need for jumpers or worrying about master/slave relationships. You do need to identify the SATA0 connector on the MB for the primary drive or configure the BIOS later for boot options! For now just slide it in the top bay and insert the mounting screws.

  • CD ROM:Jumper the “cable select” setting for the drive, which tells the drive it is alone on the IDE channel. Use either the IDE1 or IDE2 connector on the MB for the CD ROM since it is the only one we will use for now.

  • That’s it! Button up the case and prepare to install the OS and drivers!

    Remember to connect the hard drive cable to SATA0 though!



Step 7 slipstreaming process
Step 7. Slipstreaming Process

  • The SATA drives require a Win XP Home OEM install disk with Service Pack 3 for this Intel Mother Board.

  • Slipstreaming is a process that incorporates all necessary Service Packs and hotfixes into a customized bootable Windows CD that also contains the complete, original installation files. Use the slipstreamed CD to install Windows and the OS will be fully updated and ready to go, saving significant time. You can even slipstream drivers into the CD.

  • To prepare for slipstreaming, an original Windows CD is required. All files from the CD must be copied to a folder on the computer’s hard drive, such as C:\XP Files. If the CD does not include the latest Service Pack, it can be downloaded as a file from the Microsoft website. Applicable hotfixes or patches should also be downloaded, along with any required device drivers that might not be present on the original Windows CD. These files can be saved in a separate folder such as C:\XP Updates.

  • The slipstreaming process will combine the contents of these two folders into a single ISO (.iso) image. The ISO format can be burned to CD to create a new bootable disk that contains all of the original files plus the updates. In addition to Autostreamer, another popular method is the freeware slipstreaming applica-tion, nLite by Dino Nuhagic.

  • nLite is an excellent slipstreaming program that allows the user to point and click their way through the disk creation process. The program can create an ISO image or burn slipstreamed files directly to a CD.


Step 8 installing win xp home os
Step 8. Installing Win XP Home OS

  • Win XP Home with the slipstreamed Service Pack 3 is extremely easy to install... no drivers to be concerned about... no appli-cation issues… nothing!!

  • Insert the Win XP Home Disk with Service Pack 3 in the CD and configure the BIOS by tapping the F2 key (maybe F12, not sure) and select the option to boot from the CD.

  • Win XP will reboot a couple times to automatically install the correct drivers.

  • Once the OS starts you must enter the License Code from the SLC computer you will be replacing, agree to the licensing terms and you are in business!

  • The only remaining issue is to load the Intel device drivers for the devices not detected during the install and load your applications for XP… nothin’ could be sweeta’!!



Building your own computer

Download Links

Intel Drivers:*+XP+Home+Edition&lang=eng&strOSs=45&submit=Go!#DRV

nLite Deployment Tool Download:

Autostreamer:,67570-order,1-page,1-c,spreadsheet/ description.html

Service Pack 3:


And finally
And Finally…