AnotherCasualty wrote:I hate having all these parts here, looking at the boxes and knowing I cannot do anything until Monday! It's odd to me that everything shipped at the same time but only the CPU > Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K is arriving Monday. Oh man I think I'm going to lose it before Monday lol.
Actually, you can start by getting the power supply, hard disk, and optical drive installed in the chassis, and if you already have your CPU cooler, you can get the cooler's mounting bracket installed on the motherboard and then install the motherboard in the case, as well. Once the mobo is installed in the chassis, pop in the memory stick closest to the CPU, and then test-fit your cooler to make sure there are no obstructions. If the cooler seems to be hover against or over any of the motherboard power supply connectors, test-fit those, too. With the mobo installed, you can start locating and connecting front-panel switch, audio, and USB connectors and SATA cables for your disks. Try to find a good routing path that keeps them out of the way, but don't start zip-tying yet as you may need to move or reconnect some things during final assembly.
Besides normal static precautions, the two things you don't want to do are (1) install any screw mounts that the motherboard doesn't use, or omit any that it does use; and (2) start flexing any broad or loose edges of the motherboard that don't have stable screw mounts very close by. If need be, support the edge of the board with one hand, while plugging or unplugging nearby cables with the other hand.
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