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How to Build a PC - 2014 (Mac vs PC - Workstation Edition P3)

the Mac versus PC project was made possible by Squarespace what does that be guys Edea from Texas and I'm back today to show you guys how to build your very own computer the PC we are building today consists of workstation parts for our Mac versus PC project but this guide should help you out regardless of what PC you are trying to build the only tool you're essentially going to need to build a PC is a screwdriver but of course having some common sense can help smoothen out the process all right so let's start by placing the CPU onto the motherboard by lifting these two latches we release the tray and see the pins underneath it and be sure not to touch these as they are very fragile and can easily be damaged next take the CPU out of its protective enclosure by making sure not to touch the top or the bottom and basically just hold it by its sides we are going to match the golden triangle that is on the CPU to the one that is on the motherboard when placing the CPU down be sure not to move it around or apply any pressure to it as it can damage the pins just basically set it down and it should fall right into place if it doesn't fit properly then you probably put it in the wrong way so make sure you double check everything before moving on so after you've successfully installed the CPU into the CPU socket we can then secure the latches there is gonna be some pressure here but it's completely normal so do not freak out next it's time to put in the RAM now is a good time to refer to your motherboards manual to see where you place your RAM sticks ideally if you have more than one Ram stick you have to place them in the same colored slots on your motherboard and your manual should show you exactly which ones moving forward make sure you release the tab on the motherboard seen here to put in the RAM also make sure that the notches at the bottom of the RAM correspond to that of the motherboard and gently press down on the RAM stick until it snaps in place now we are going to mount the motherboard into our case but first we are going to have to install the motherboard stand ups to make sure the motherboard is not touching bare metal you will need to know which holes to install the standoffs on so what we did was basically held a motherboard over the case for a few seconds to get an idea of which holes we were going to use after the standoffs have been installed you can install the motherboard backplate aka i/o shield and here you basically just align it correctly to the back and snap it into place it's actually really simple after that you are ready to place the motherboard back in the case I want to do that make sure all the connections are visible through the back and if they are you can proceed and after that you continue to install the screws into your motherboard make sure to tighten them in a crisscross pattern to even out the stress on the motherboard do not tighten them too hard just enough until the screw stop turning without forcing them next we are going to be installing the power supply and it's basically straightforward all you have to do is line it up with the holes at the back of your case and then find the designated power supply screws that came with your case and just start screwing them in you may need to hold the power supply up using your other hand to ensure that the screws go in straight after that we are going to be installing the CPU cooler we went with an aftermarket not you a cooler for our build but they are all usually the same when it comes to installation however you should always check your coolers manual for more information make sure you are using the correct supplies for the type of CPU you are using and then we're going to be screwing in the CPU cooler standoffs in the designated areas after that we're gonna be placing in the mounting brackets based on how we want our airflow and then finally we're gonna be using the supplied bolt to secure in the mounting brackets in place to screw in the nuptial cooler into place we are going to have to take out one of the fans in order to access the tightening points this is done by pulling the latches on each side allowing for the removal of the fan after that we are ready to spread the supply thermal compound on the CPU and depending on what cooler you are using it may or may not come pre apply to a thermal compound so the coolers manual suggests only around four to five millimeters of thermal paste you definitely don't want to overdo this part because it can cause problems with the cooler so you can use the same amount that way you here in the video because when you place the cooler on top it will spread evenly covering the entire surface of the CPU after you are done with the thermal compound place the CPU cooler on top of the CPU and begin tightening the screws which will secure it in place after that you can install the fan back into its spot and finally we are ready to plug the CPU cooler into the CPU fan header on the motherboard if you guys aren't sure where exactly to plug this in refer to your motherboards manual and it will show you where next up we're going to be routing the 24 pin cable from the power supply to the 24 pin slot on the motherboard then we're gonna do the same thing for the 8 pin connector which is also from the power supply once again if you guys can't find these slots on your motherboard then refer to your manual for some help next we're going to install the graphics cards be sure to remove the metal brackets from the slots that you are going to use and then slide the video card and you should hear it snap in place always install your video card on the first PCI slot for better performance and if you guys have two graphics cards now is a good time to install the SLI or crossfire bridge so this is what your PC should relatively look like once all those components are installed correctly you can take the time now to make sure everything is securely fitted before moving on after that we are going to install the PCI card into the PCIe slot on the bottom here if you guys don't have a PCIe SSD card then you're gonna be skipping this step now to get some cables out of the way first we are going to plug in the USB 3 cable that runs from the top of the case and to the motherboards USB 3 header then we're gonna do the same thing with the USB 2 cables and finally we are going to plug in everything that is located at the front panel including the hard drive activity LED and the power switch our asus motherboard actually came with a convenient way to plug in all of these wires to the motherboard if yours did not come with something like this then you are going to have to plug them in one by one next plug in all the cables to the power supply including the PCIe cables that plug into your graphics cards and make sure you have plugged in all the fans and that there are no more connections left to make and that should be everything as far as installing the hardware concerned one thing you should do after installing the parts is to boot up your PC and make sure everything is running fine and that your bios screen shows up after that the next step would be to install the operating system and the drivers which should be fairly straightforward so I won't go through them there's plenty of other videos on youtube for that but if this video helped you guys out then please leave a like and if it didn't leave a comment with your questions or concerns and I will do my best to answer them quickly this workstation PC will be going head-to-head with the Mac Pro 6 core model and we will be running benchmarks rendering files and a few other tests to see which PC performs the best with the same cost so if that sounds like something that interests you then feel free to stick around so before I head out I want to thank the people at Squarespace for making this entire project possible Squarespace makes it really easy to create your very own website or online portfolio in fact we 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