Hook up motherboard

MSI motherboards use light-emitting diodes to report the status of the computer. If the LED cable has come loose from the motherboard, rather than pay a technician to install the cable -- an unnecessary expense for your business -- you can reconnect the power LED yourself. Confirm the computer is off and the power connector is unplugged from the rear of the PC. Put on an anti-static wristband according to its instructions to protect the hardware from electrostatic discharge. Locate pins 2 and 4, which are situated next to one another. Confirm the colored wire on the LED connector corresponds with pin 2 and that the black, white or gray wire on the connector corresponds with pin 4.

How to install a computer motherboard

Before we start, know that this is a guide exclusively dedicated to assembly. The other thing to know is that no two builds are identical. For instance, if you have a large aftermarket cooler that blocks the DIMM slots, you may have to go in a different order than we did, or backtrack and pull out a part here or there to to make room for a particularly bulky part or cramped case. Before you start building a PC, you need to get your workspace ready.

Make sure that you have all of your parts and tools at the ready. Some builders swear by anti-static equipment, including mats or wrist straps. If it doesn't, pick up the CPU and re-seat it. Don't force the processor into the socket or you'll almost certainly damage something. Once you've got the CPU settled correctly in the socket, press the tension lever back down on Intel motherboards like the one in the image above, this will also include a metal plate that holds the CPU in.

The Threadripper CPU install process in particular is tricky and, given the price of chips and X motherboards, we would not recommend Threadripper as your first PC build platform. Once the cooler is installed, plug the fan connector into its header on the motherboard. Many processors come with coolers in the box. If you are using a stock cooler, those already have thermal paste applied. Again, serious overclockers and PC build veterans will have techniques for evenly spreading thermal compound.

But for novice builders and those not looking to achieve the maximum possible overclock speeds, dropping a small amount in the center and letting the CPU cooler spread the thermal paste works just fine. Just make sure you don't add too much paste; you definitely don't want it squirting out the sides onto the socket and surrounding PCB. Stock coolers for Intel processors use push pins that go through holes in the motherboard.

We recommend pushing opposite corners in to evenly spread the thermal paste, and to keep from putting uneven pressure on one side of the CPU. AMD stock coolers have metal arms that snap into notches on a plastic bracket on either side of the socket. Aftermarket coolers mount in various ways, so be sure to consult the instruction manual, as mounting aftermarket coolers can be surprisingly complicated, often involving a large backplate that has to be mounted behind the motherboard.

Installing RAM is a snap--literally. First, make sure that the latches for each memory slot are open. Some boards have latches on both sides of a RAM slot, while others--often budget boards--have a latch on one side, with the other end fixed in place. Once your latches are opened, look at each DIMM and position it over the slot such that the small divot on the bottom of the RAM stick is aligned with the matching bump on the board. Finally, push down on the DIMM on each edge until it snaps into place, causing the latches to close on their own.

Make sure the notch lines up with the slot, similar to RAM installation. Slowly lay the SSD flat and secure the mounting screw. This tiny screw is easy to drop, which is another reason to install M. Most cases have thumb screws holding their panels in place, which makes it easy to remove them. First, gather the standoffs that came with your case and find the proper place to install them.

Many cases have standoffs preinstalled, so you may be able to skip this step. Once the board is in, put the screws into the standoffs to anchor the motherboard in place. The PSU is usually mounted to the back at the case. We added M. Mount the hard drive or SSD in the appropriate bracket and screw or snap it into place. This is an optional step. To install the GPU, you'll likely have to remove some slot covers on the back of the case, so that the HDMI, DVI and other ports show through, letting you can connect your monitor s later.

If necessary, plug the PCIe power connectors from the power supply into the card. You may not need to do this on lower-end cards. Most motherboards come with an Ethernet port on them and many also have Wi-Fi built-in. OK, just a few more cables to go until we try turning the PC on. Make sure the connectors for any fans are plugged into the motherboard fan headers.

Then, attach the front-panel audio cable, USB 2. Lastly, there are the tiny front-panel connectors, including power, reset, HDD activity light, etc. Those need to go to the appropriate pins on the motherboard usually in the bottom-right corner if your motherboard is mounted in the traditional orientation. Once all that's done, it's a good idea to double check to make sure there are no extra fan headers or power cables still waiting to be routed to the right connector.

Then plug the PC in, plug in and connect your monitor to one of the ports on the graphics card, if you've installed on and your keyboard and mouse. Hit the power button on your monitor, then turn the power supply switch on on the back of the power supply and then press your PC's power button. This is where you make your case pretty and ensure better air flow.

You could of course install your operating system before this step. Routing some cables through the back of the case during the build process is a good first step toward a clean build. You could spend hours making your cable routing as perfect as possible. But just spending 15 minutes making an effort to clean up your cables can make a huge visual difference in what your final build looks like. Preferably before the build process, you'll want to make a USB install drive for either Windows 10 or the Linux build of your choice.

Plug the USB drive into your new computer, power on and you should boot into your operating system installer, which will step you through the process. Once you've installed your operating system, when you first connect to the internet, Windows 10 is pretty good these days at getting device drivers. The one that you built. Install some games, stream some movies, edit some photo or video, chat on Discord--whatever it is you like to do with your PC.

And remember: Andrew E. Freedman is an editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming as well as keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M. Be Prepared Before you start building a PC, you need to get your workspace ready. Memory Installing RAM is a snap--literally. Standoffs First, gather the standoffs that came with your case and find the proper place to install them. Inserting the Graphics Card This is an optional step. Turn the Computer On Once all that's done, it's a good idea to double check to make sure there are no extra fan headers or power cables still waiting to be routed to the right connector.

Cable Management This is where you make your case pretty and ensure better air flow. About the author. Freedman freedmanae Andrew E. Comment from the forums. While I don't always use one I think you should add an anti-static strap to the list of pre-requirements. Its never a bad idea to have one and I do have a couple at home in case I have to work on carpet. Also is that standard bubble wrap or anti-static bubble wrap? From the paragraph right below the "Be Prepared" section: Solid tutorial Andrew!

Solid tutorial, goes into enough detail to guide even the most novice builder through. Small nitpicks though, good tutorial overall! While I would personally always update the BIOS, it's also pretty easy to brick a motherboard in the BIOS update process, particularly if it's a budget board with no built-in BIOS recovery, and you aren't careful about what you're doing.

So my general thought, particularly if you're a new builder, is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But I worry that if we told everyone to update their BIOS by default, it might do more harm than good. You need WAY more thermal paste. Becareful of the PSU shocking the system. And you really should use a swiss army knife that might have a screwdriver. I like to do the cable management as much as possible before installing anything in the case.

It's usually easier that way, however it requires some knowledge of what cables go where and why, as well as a little planning. Still I think overall that's a fine instructional. Better than the monstrosity that "The Verge" did. Cable management for my builds is basically making sure none of the fans are hitting the cables. Too many cables barely reach so I don't have any leeway in where they go.

Oh and those last few pins for the power button etc If I were a skinny asian woman, it might not be that bad, but my fingers are way too fat. I wish the MoBo makers and case makers would agree on a single ribbon connection with everything in the right spot. How to build a PC? I do not build a PC. I just buy it!!! The G, a fantastic CPU for the price!

If you can find one. As a general rule, they say to use about the size of a grain of rice for thermal compound.

Connect the power supply. Once the motherboard is secured, you can start connecting your components to it. It is recommended that you. Installing a PC motherboard doesn't have to be a tedious task. Here's how to Hook up fans to the motherboard pins. Install audio, USB and all.

Time Required: Tools needed: Philips screwdriver and possibly a hex driver. This guide was developed to instruct users on the proper installation of a motherboard into a computer case. It includes step-by-step instructions for properly preparing the case, installing and connecting and necessary wires to the motherboard inside of the case.

The motherboard is the backbone of your desktop computer. All of your components plug into the motherboard, so ensuring that you install it correctly is the first step towards building your own computer or upgrading an old one.

Computer wiring includes the wires that you see connected to the front of your case, system fans, and miscellaneous motherboard connections. Let's start with the case wires.

Computer Wiring

Installing a motherboard can be a complex process. This page provides general steps and guidelines for how to install a motherboard. Please refer to the manual and configuration guide that is included with the motherboard for specific details on installation and configuration steps. If replacing an existing motherboard in a computer with a new motherboard, you need to first remove the existing motherboard. The steps on this page can be referred to for removing the motherboard, followed in reverse order.

How to Connect the Power LED to a MSI Motherboard

There are three connections to be made. There is the 8-pin power connector shown circled in yellow at the top-center of the picture, the pin power connector shown circled in yellow at the bottom-center of the picture, and the 3-pin power supply exhaust fan connector shown circled in yellow at the bottom-left of the picture. Parts List. Computer Case and Power Supply. RAM - System Memory. Video Card. Keyboard and Mouse. Hard Drive.

Before we start, know that this is a guide exclusively dedicated to assembly. The other thing to know is that no two builds are identical.

I upgraded from my Dell at work. He wanted to keep his case, so I thought no big deal.

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The motherboard makes sure all those components are speaking the same language and that the system all runs together properly, without any sparks or grating noises. Think of it like the nervous system or circulatory system of the computer. This can make understanding the motherboard really difficult, and it can make trying to purchase your own damn near impossible for someone new to computer building or repair. Can you hook up a USB 3. Or slot in the fastest type of RAM available?

How to Build a PC

Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. All you should really need for the assembly process is a Philips-head screwdriver. A nice set of bits is handy for larger or smaller screws, but everything else you need should be provided with your case and various parts. If your home or your workspace is particularly prone to static discharges, you might want an anti-static bracelet. Finally, you might want to add a couple of cups or bowls from your kitchen, just for a place to put loose screws. Or, if you have one, a magnetic parts tray is wonderful. First, take a look at your case. Just imagine it with walls on an extra five sides.

My Super PC

Check your motherboard box for the following items in addition to the board itself. Tools you need for building a PC: Screwdriver and screws of various sizes. Note the 2 triangle marks, one should be on the bottom-left corner of the socket and the other should be on the top-facing side of the CPU. Make sure the two triangles align. The plastic cover will pop out once the CPU is in place and properly secured with the lever. Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, ensuring that the four fasteners match the holes on the motherboard.

Hooo boy. Here comes the fun part of our How to Build a PC guide. And by fun, I mean, excruciatingly awful and needlessly fiddly. Step 1: The writing that labels where it is on the motherboard itself is usually pretty tiny, so it may be more useful to consult your motherboard manual to help you find it. As you can imagine, these are the corresponding connectors for the power button and its corresponding LED light if your case has one , reset switch and your HDD light.

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