Part 1 – What will we build?

Part 2 – What components are required?

Part 3 – The Computer Case or Chassis

Part 4 – Motherboards, Processors and Memory

Part 5 – Graphics and Expansion Cards

Part 6 – Hard Disk and CD/DVD ROM Drives

Part 7 – Make a Checklist

Part 8 – Begin Assembly

Part 9 –Assemble Continued

Part 10 – Operating System and Device Drivers

In the last article we started assembling our components. We had prepared our case and fitted the motherboard, processor and memory. We had also installed the power supply and connected numerous cables to the motherboard.

We will now look at installing our other components to finish the build.

Graphics Cards and Expansion Cards.

These are installed in slots on the motherboard. There will be one specifically for your graphics card and a number of others to fit extra expansion cards such as soundcards, TV cards etc. They can only be fitted one way and are secured by on the back panel of the case by either screws or a clamping mechanism.

Hard Disk Drives.

These are simple to fit. They usually just slide into the lower part of the case. There should be some kind of bay for these drives to be fitted into. Once in position the disk should be firmly screwed in place to prevent vibration and damage to the drive. When you are happy that the drive is secured, connect the power cable which can only be connected one way. You will also have to connect the data cables to the motherboard. Always check your motherboard manual to see where and how drives should be connected to the board.

CD/DVD Drives.

These are installed in the top half of the case. They are usually inserted from the front of the case. They will either have a clip mechanism or will need to be securely screwed in place. Once fitted the power and data cables will need to be connected in the same way that the hard disk drive cables were fitted. Consult the motherboard manual for assistance if required.

So there we have it. Your PC is built. Always do a final check to make sure everything is connected and that no components have been dislodged during the build.

I always leave the sides off my case until I have powered the computer on and I’m happy that it is working. I will only put the side panels on when I have completed installing the operating system and drivers. I can’t tell you the amount of times I have had to remove them again!

The first Test.

Well we need to see if we have a working system. Connect your keyboard, mouse and monitor and then connect it to your mains power.

So switch it on then!!!

If all is well you will get a display. You will hopefully get a beep to say the motherboard managed to test itself. Eventually you may get an error on screen. It may mention that it cannot find a hard disk drive or that a possible virus situation or no operating system found. Do not worry about these messages. They are being generated as the computer cannot find an operating system installed. So rather than these messages causing panic treat then as everything actual works. Hoorah!

If your computer doesn’t power on or do anything, check all components are seated / installed correctly and try again. If this problem continues you may have to remove components one by one until you get a response from the machine. It may be that you have been supplied with a faulty component.

That concludes part 9 of this series. In the final part we discuss installing an operating system and device drivers in order to complete your computer.

One more note. Your motherboard manual may have instructions for making required changes to the motherboard BIOS. Please follow any instructions provided for entering and making setting changes to the BIOS.

The views and advice contained in this article are that of the author and not

When following any advice contained within this article, you do so at your own risk and you should always consult manufacturer’s guidelines. and the author take no responsibility for any damage caused to your computer equipment as a result of following this guide.


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