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Ryujin Jan 20, 2007, 11:14pm EST Report Abuse
I have just ordered a new motherboard and processor and I just want to confirm the proper way of installing a new motherboard...

First off, I made a partition in my hard drive so I'll just install everything in there.

So here is my approach on installing a new mobohobo:

1) Turn off computer obviously. unplug everything, take off shirt
2) Remove the old motherboard while keeping the standoffs
3) Put in the CPU/Heatsink+Fan (I won't use my thermalpaste for this...yet) and the memory sticks into the new mobo
4) Screw the motherboard into the chassis without trying to screw anything up
5) Insert the video card, connect any wires that should be connected into the mobo
6) Close up that crap, reconnect everything to the back, turn on computer
7) Use a blunt stick to whack myself in the head while making myself remember to stick the Windows XP CD in...
8) Clean install Windows to that damn partition that I hopefully remembered to install everything to.

I just want to know if I'm doing anything wrong with installing the mobo because this is only my 2nd time doing this and I don't really want anything to go wrong.

Thanks.


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MSI K9N4 Ultra-F Socket AM2
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 (65W)
120gb harddrive @ 7200 rpm
1024mb PC5300 DDR2-mushkin Enhanced Performance
HIS Hightech ATI Radeon x1600xt 128mb PCI-E16x
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Chris McNally Jan 21, 2007, 01:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Installing a New motherboard
You should always use thermal paste when installing a cpu. Other than that, sounds about right.

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Chris McNally

Moderator - Hardware Analysis
E-mail: chris@hardwareanalysis.com
Ryujin Jan 21, 2007, 01:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Installing a New motherboard
I know, I just want to test how well the stock equipment is and then I'll use the other one I have for comparison.

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MSI K9N4 Ultra-F Socket AM2
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 (65W)
120gb harddrive @ 7200 rpm
1024mb PC5300 DDR2-mushkin Enhanced Performance
HIS Hightech ATI Radeon x1600xt 128mb PCI-E16x
Jarret M. Jan 22, 2007, 03:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Installing a New motherboard
Couple things I always tend to do..

- Do the work off of a carpet (as static electricity can build up and discharge at your fingertips).. stick to a hard surface, and if your worried, get a static strap!

- Only handle motherboard by edges or connector edges (like a pci slot), also it should be layed down (while installing CPU) on a static bag instead of the table or something.

- After I install the CPU and HSF, I mostly install the mobo by positioning using the Heat Sink to position it... I'm less likely to touch it where I don't need to.

- Personal preference, I install Ram after Mobo/ cpu is possitioned in case.

Ryujin Jan 22, 2007, 05:04pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Installing a New motherboard
Well I'm already working on hard floor =)

And those others, I'll try to keep those on mind while working, those are some good tips.

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MSI K9N4 Ultra-F Socket AM2
Windows XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ AM2 (65W)
120gb harddrive @ 7200 rpm
1024mb PC5300 DDR2-mushkin Enhanced Performance
HIS Hightech ATI Radeon x1600xt 128mb PCI-E16x


 

    
 
 

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