Just recently, I built a computer. Before I started, I thought it would be hard to find specific components that worked together, and actually assembling the computer. However, my opinion on this has changed dramatically, as I found that the process is not very complicated.
First, I found the parts I needed for the computer. There are a few main ones: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Graphics Card, Heat Sink, and a Case. For this computer, I went with the Asus Z170 Pro Motherboard, the Intel Core i7 6700K Unlocked Processor, the 2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heat Sink, and the Antec Nine Hundred Case.
The power supply came with the power supply box, and cables to connect to the motherboard and other peripherals, as shown in the image below.
The installation of the power supply is pretty straightforward, and it goes on the back of the case, on the bottom.
The motherboard looks like this:
And, here is the processor…pretty small, right?
The first step is to put the processor onto the motherboard. Some motherboards (like this one) have a tool that allows you to align the motherboard properly. After I put the processor on, it looked like this:
Then, I applied thermal paste (it allows more heat to be transferred from the processor to the heat sink) on the processor, and then installed the heat sink, as shown in the image below.
After that, I put the motherboard inside the case, connected the power cables, and fans. Here’s what it looked like.
Finally, I installed the RAM, and the graphics card.