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How To Build $450 Gaming PC w/ Windows Install

what's up guys it's ed back again from Texas and welcome to the build guide of Vaporeon the 450 dollar gaming PC for December if you missed out on what this baby can do make sure to check out the gaming and benchmarks video by clicking on the card on the top right so all you need for this build is a screwdriver and of course the parts itself I've linked everything I use down below and I even included some optional parts that are compatible with the build like a CPU cooler and SSD and even alternate options on graphics cards in case you guys have a little more or a little less to spend so step one is to lay your PC case down and unwrap the cables and remove the box of screws attached to the drive bay take out your motherboard and slide open the lever then take your CPU with the pins facing downwards and match the triangle on the socket to the gold triangle on your CPU once you have figured out which direction is correct gently place the CPU down while not applying any force and make sure not to touch the surface of the CPU if you do you will need to wipe off your fingerprint you seventy-five percent or greater isopropyl and a tissue or lint-free cloth like a coffee filter if you don't have any you can use tissue or toilet paper just make sure to blow off the remaining length off of the CPU if there are any if the CPU doesn't rest in place you may need to wiggle it around a little bit for it to fall in place but after that go ahead and lower the lever and lock it in place next step is to install the RAM sticks go ahead and release the locks off of each slot that you're installing there is one on each side if you're installing four sticks then put one in each slot now if you're going dual channel aka you have two RAM sticks then install them in the gray slots that you see in the video make sure to align the notches on the RAM sticks with the notches on the RAM slots gently lower the RAM sticks evenly and apply pressure on both sides at the same time in order to snap it in place repeat the same process for all the RAM sticks if you installed it correctly the locks should be fully seated inside of the RAM now it's time for the CPU cooler depending on what color you are installing make sure to follow the instructions listed on the manual if you're installing the stock cooler like in the video then follow these steps first position the cooler and the orientation you want what I usually do is I make sure to have the least cable slack as possible for a cleaner wiring job so since the CPU fan header is right next to the cooler I don't need that much cable slack so I basically wrapped it around the cooler so that only a few inches of cable slack is visible and this is the orientation I'm going to install the fan you will need to align the hooks from the motherboard to the brackets on the cooler don't worry about applying thermal paste since it already comes pre applied with some so once you figure out your orientation of the cooler slowly lowered it until it comes in contact with the CPU try not to move the cooler as you hook up both sides starting from the side that doesn't have the lever rotate the motherboard to the other side and do the exact same but afterwards make sure to lock it in place using the black lever it should snap in place if you do it correctly lastly connect the cooler to the motherboard CPU fan header which should be colored white you are not ready to install the i/o shield and the standoffs in the case make sure the shield has the three circle cutouts on the bottom and snap it in place on the back of your PC make sure all four sides of the shield sits flush against your PC now let's install the standoffs you will need eight of these screws that came with the case and you need to install them in these exact locations once they are nicely tightened go ahead and gently lower the motherboard in while avoiding bumping into the case and trying to match the cutouts of the i/o shield with the motherboard ports you will then need eight of these black screws and you can begin screwing in the motherboard as always I recommend a crisscross pattern while tightening the screws and please don't over tighten them only get them to a point where it's comfortable as in use a screwdriver with your fingers and not your entire hand if that makes any sense you don't want to apply too much pressure on the motherboard which can damage it next up it's time to install the power supply lay down your case and insert the power supply with a fan facing downwards on the top cutout of your case you will need four of these to screw in your power supply you can use your other hand to push the PSU against the case in order to align the holes if you want to next up we are going to install the hard drive so go ahead and grab the black SATA cable that came with the motherboard and hook up one end to the back of the hard drive and also grab one SATA power cable from the power supply unit that looks like this and then connected to the other hard drive slot once you do that position the cables to the right side of the case and make sure that the screw holes of the hard drive are facing towards you align the holes and then grab four of these long screws which are needed to secure the hard drive against the rack all right next up grab the other end of the SATA cable that's hooked up to your hard drive and locate the SATA port on the motherboard which should be all the way on the bottom right it doesn't matter which point you connect it to as long as it's from one of the four up top if you have an SSD instead the process is exactly the same however this time you will have to use the smaller holes and a smaller round headed screws for some reason I was blind and then I realized the other two holes on the bottom so if you're installing it make sure all four holes of the SSD align properly in my case I should have lowered the SSD a little bit the process of connecting the cables is exactly the same for the SSD as well next up we are connecting the cables that came hooked up with the PC case first up is the USB 3.0 so grab the cable with the blue tip and connect it to the slot on the motherboard that says USB 30 as in USB 3.0 make sure you hear it snap in place next up is the HD audio you won't be needing the AC 97 so you can go ahead and disregard that the label for this one is called F audio for front panel audio and you can find that all the way on the bottom left of the motherboard next cable is the USB and you can connect this one to either one of the two USB ports near the bottom next up are the small set of cables we're going to start off with the HDD led but remember that the triangle symbol means positive flip it face down so that the words HDD led are facing down and plug it in the bottom left slot as indicated on the motherboard next up is the power LED positive and negative cables these go on the top the positive one goes in first and then the negative one right next to it next up is the reset switch however for this one you have to face the white letters up and plug it in next to the HDD LED on the bottom last but not least we have the power switch and this one goes right above the reset switch but with the white letters facing down like this now that we got the nightmare over with it's time to hook up the 24 pin power cable to the right side of the motherboard this one is one of the hardest cables to connect because you will need to apply a loss of force in order for it to click in place spin the PC case to the back I can make sure that the clip is fully hooked over and that there are no gaps between the cable and the socket the last cable we need to hook up to the motherboard are both of the CPU 4 pin connectors this one connects to the socket on the top left of the motherboard again make sure to apply a good amount of force to snap these in place it's important that these are fully connected so now we are ready to install the graphics card so go ahead and remove the top two white PCIe brackets near the back and carefully slide in the GPU in the case once the GPU is inside the case go ahead and snap it in place make sure to install it on the very first PCI slot for optimal performance lastly we need to hook up both of the PCI cables to power up the GPU make sure that the words PCI are facing up and just connect them one by one to the GPU that's it you are done with part one take this time to make sure all the cables are connected and that there are no loose connections or cables hanging around also if you're adding extra fans make sure to connect the fan cable to any fan header on the motherboard now we're going to install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 and you guys can upgrade to Windows 10 for free later on so don't worry about that for now if you want to use your current hard drive or SSD then you don't need this step just plug it in like we did before in the video and you are good to go for everyone else here's what you need to do grab a flash drive with at least 16 gigabytes of space and plug it in to your computer then you need to download the installation media from the Microsoft site I did leave a link down below for you guys once you are here click on create media and it will begin downloading once it completes the download open up the folder and run the program pick your language the Edition and architecture everything should match with mine unless you have a different language click Next and choose your USB Drive click on Next to move on a prompt should appear stating that the files will be deleted make sure you don't have anything important in them before you continue click on OK to proceed this should take some time to download depending on the speed but once it's complete it will automatically install the operating system to the USB Drive this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour so please be patient once it's complete you will get this message saying that your USB Drive is ready you guys will need a Windows 8.1 CD key to continue you can get one on your own or you can get it for much cheaper using the reddit CD key swapper and I'll drop a link in the description section four the thread why not they go anywhere from 25 to 40 dollars which is dirt cheap but wherever you guys pick it up from make sure to buy the 8.1 pro edition and not be standards and faster version we installed on the flash drive once you have a CD key we are ready to install windows on the PC so go ahead and insert the USB Drive in the front of the PC and boot it up it will detect the USB Drive and it will take you straight to the setup screen now if it doesn't then that means the PC did not detect your flash drive so go ahead and hit control-alt-delete to restart your PC and hit the Delete key continuously until you get to the BIOS screen navigate to the BIOS features tab up top and then go down and click on drive priorities next go ahead and click on either one of the boot options and if you don't see USB flash drive listed on here and that means you didn't connect something the right way make sure both of the USB cables are hooked up to the right parts on the motherboard in the meantime you can use another USB port on your PC preferably any one of them in the back once you swap the USB ports exit out of BIOS by restarting the PC and it will take you to the installation part of Windows and then it will ask you to enter the CD key so go ahead and enter in the CD key that you purchased here and then click Next when you get to the screen click on custom and then select which partition you want to install windows on if you have to otherwise leave it on default and click on next let windows install the files on to your PC and once it's complete you will get this message remove the flash drive and click on OK to restart the PC once when those finishes the installation process you will reach the screen go ahead and follow the prompt and finish filling out your info once you reach the desktop it's time to download the drivers now if you're connecting your PC via ethernet cable then you don't need a wireless adapter if you want to connect your PC via Wi-Fi then you need to purchase this wireless adapter this will cost only 10 bucks and I'll go in and drop a link down below for you just insert it in the USB port and it will automatically give your PC internet access via Wi-Fi once you reach your desktop it's time to install the drivers you will need to visit gigabyte to download them so you'll need to download the realtek audio AMD chipset and real Tech LAN I left a link in the description section so it's easier for you guys to find it after you download and install those it's time to install the graphics card drivers again I left a link to the website just go there and download the Radeon software once you have downloaded the files and install them on you you are complete congratulations you have a fully functional gaming and productivity PC if you guys enjoyed this video or if it was very helpful please hit that like button as it does help out a lot and I'll continue to do these builds for my pledget gaming PC's each month if you have any questions drop a comment down below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video
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