Computer assembly (1): case, power supply, motherboard, CPU

» Instead of that, let’s put together a computer. There’s the computer parts, the case,
and there’s the existing computer. I already took the sides off of this thing. This case has a bunch of these fans on it.
It has one here, it has one here and here,
and it has this giant one on the top. And they all have these little LEDs
going around the outside — blue LEDs. But since I’m going to put this in my bedroom,
I’ve already covered them up with black electrical tape,
so that way I don’t have a nightlight any time that I have the computer on
on a long download, or a render, or a compile. The front panel of this case —
it has a little indicator for the hard drive activity, but it doesn’t have one to say that the computer is on, it’s expecting you to go by the LEDs in the fans
which will always be on whenever the power is on. I am starting with the power supply.
I’m pretty sure that’s the right thing to do. Unfortunately, I don’t have the instructions
because that’s a PDF which is on that computer over there that’s disconnected.
The motherboard, at least, came with a good manual. » ♪ [Heart music] ♫ » This power supply comes in this… felt?
I wanna say it’s a felt bag. I don’t know why.
It’s partially modular. It has all these cables attached —
hopefully, those are the most important ones— and it has this bag of additional ones
that you can plug in. These are the cables that you can’t remove,
and any additional ones would plug in here. The power supply goes here, on the base of the case,
and then the plug will go over here, and there are these little rubber feet at the bottom
that the power supply rests on. Let’s see if I can get it in there. Not quite. There’s that little metal tab thing it has to get under. » ♪ [Heart music] ♫ » And that’s the end of that chapter. And since next I have to put in the motherboard, I think I will be taking off my socks
and attaching the antistatic wristband. The motherboard comes with these things. [Disappointed groan] I bought more of these things.
Oh well. SATA cables. Faceplate. And this dealie —
this is for if you have more than one graphics card. And this is for the little connector things for the front. I’m not entirely sure how I’m supposed to
get this out of the bag without touching things. Well, let’s see how it goes. The motherboard didn’t come with any screws,
so I need to figure out which screws go in there that came with the case.
Probably these small ones. I have to somehow get these cables out of the way
so that the motherboard can go in. » ♪ [Island music] ♪ » Let’s see if I can find where the screws fit. One screw was already in, for some reason. » ♪ [Music continues] ♪ » I’m finding it useful to use the pickle-plucker
to place the screws. » ♪ [Music continues] ♪ ♪ [Music ends] ♫ » Okay, useful thing I just figured out:
this bag came with two kinds of screws. The ones that I want for the motherboard
are these ones that don’t have a lip. Don’t use these ones. » ♪ [Island music] ♫ » And now that I’ve opened the other bag of screws,
I think that these were the wrong screws altogether. It’s probably supposed to be these ones.
Not these ones, but these ones — they have the same thread, but the head is bigger
and there appear to be more of them. Because there aren’t enough of the other one. And also these things.
If I attach these to the case then I’ll be able to attach the motherboard
with nine screws instead of only six. So I think the motherboard needs to come out again. » ♪ [Heart music] ♫ » So now I’m wondering if
maybe it was supposed to be ‹these› screws ’cause there are only eight of the screws
that I’m using this time. Not these ones; those are different,
but ‹these› ones. …Nine, ten, eleven,
and I need nine. No, it couldn’t be because the threads are different. I don’t know.
I guess I’ll just have to use… use one of the ones I was using first. So now I have eight of these screws and one of that. Anybody else know why
there’s eight of one screw that fits and four of another screw that fits,
but I need nine screws? Let’s see if this fits on here from the outside
’cause it didn’t like being on the inside. Before I install the CPU,
I’m going to try to hook up the power to the motherboard and see if it beeps at me. » ♪ [Focus music] ♫ » I have the motherboard connected here. Now, there’s supposed to be something
hooked up there for power, and that doesn’t say it’s the CPU,
but this power thing that would ‹fit› there says “CPU,” so I think this is for the CPU,
so I’m… ‹not› going to connect that? The motherboard has a little button right there to turn it on without having the front panel connected. First I switch this on, then I’m going to use this…
I guess it’s a button-pusher tool. Push the button. » [Button clicking] » No? Now that’s connected, and I’ll try again. » [Switch clicks, speakers pop] » The power came on on the speakers.
And the button… oh, the buttons lit up! There’s no beep, though.
It’s time for CPU then. » ♪ [Rendezvous music] ♫ » Here’s the CPU, and there’s this little arrow here, and there should be some kind of matching arrow
on the motherboard, where the CPU goes. » ♪ [Rendezvous music] ♪ » (In awe:) Little tiny pins! » ♪ [Music continues] ♪ » That should be the CPU. » ♪ [Music ends] ♫ » The pegs on the fan —
these have little arrow on them. Don’t do that unless you want to take it ‹out›. I hope that’s good.

10 thoughts on “Computer assembly (1): case, power supply, motherboard, CPU

  1. The heatsink comes with some kind of thermal material already, so I didn’t add extra. At full load for extended times (such as during a video render), the CPU temperature can get up to about 82°C. Right now it’s idling (<10% usage) at 48°C.

  2. Overall it’s very good. You see most of my nitpicks in this video: the confusion over the screws and getting the GPU to fit. I’ve since replaced the GPU with EVGA GTX680, and that fits better; I could fit in another hard drive if I wanted to. With the USB and headphone ports on the front top, the cables often block the optical drives from opening. I replaced the CPU fan with Cooler Master Hyper 212+, and the case allows this without completely dismantling thanks to the right side panel opening.

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