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Building Your Own Computer (DIY) Guide

Post by Apoptosis » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:16 am

Building Your Own Computer (DIY) Guide

Now that Legit Reviews has been doing system guides since the start of 2006 one of the most asked questions is how to put one of these systems together. We recently had a reader in the St. Louis area order in our March 2006 Do-It-Yourself Mainstream Intel System and we were there to document the build.

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Post by Kerii » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:44 am

Am I the only one disturbed that the motherboard is sitting DIRECTLY on the carpet? :shock:

Not to mention the memory and the hard drive? :shock:
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Post by Apoptosis » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:56 am

you know after building PC's for well over 12 years I have never once fried a piece of hardware ever by having it sit on carpet!

Many people don't understand how tough this stuff is. For example Memory companies used to put memory modules in the dishwasher after they were made to help wash them off. You can take your modules run them in the dishwasher and plug them back in and they should work fine. If you sit something on the carpet nothing is going to happen unless you get a really big static charge going, but I've zapped the wall a couple times carrying a board around and it didn't get hurt.

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Post by Kerii » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:59 am

Hmm... guess it may not be as big a deal in warmer climates. :P

Up here when it gets cold, just walking around for a bit on the carpet will charge you up. Enough to zap other people with. :mrgreen:
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Post by Apoptosis » Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:02 am

it still does that here, but nothing major. As I stated in the article it's best to have the anti-static wrist band on, but i've never used one or even owned one for that matter.

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Post by -mogwai » Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:17 pm

We strongly suggest grabbing a pint of your favorite brew and getting to know your new computer. The early days are the most important as imprinting will take place. This is officially the first encounter between the computer and its new owner. By carefully nurturing your computer from the start you will have successfully started a bond that should last well into the next upgrade.
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Post by Dragon_Cooler » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:00 pm

yeah i have had my system just automatically power off because of wires touching where they shouldnt be and creating shorts. after a few seconds it will work just fine like nothing happened. I dont know about the dish washing part, i wouldnt do it. Well i might with an old stick i will probably never use.... want to to try it and report back?
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Post by DMB2000uk » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:11 pm

Yeah, I noticed the anti static-warnings and carpet photo's!

Its what I've always done too, but I guess when your telling other people what to do you have to cover yourselves right?

QQ. I was wondering is there space to install a fan in the Sonata II at the front where the hard drives are?


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Post by KnightRid » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:26 am

I live in PA, and it gets pretty darn cold here :) I also have a humidifier that we run in the living room because of the static build up by walking on the carpet.

Now the computer stuff - I have NEVER had anything fry do to static electricity...I have touched a motherboard and "discharged" the build up in me, and nothing has happened. I would love to see a test done to see where thebreaking point is for static electricity, or if it is all an urban legend.

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Oh I have been building comp for ---wow---15 years...maybe 16...too old to remember..LOL - and NOTHING I repeat, NOTHING has ever been damaged by static, and I use NO protection what so ever.

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Post by kenc51 » Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:14 am

KnightRid wrote: If you try it this way and it fries something, its not my fault...blame it on kenc51 :yikes: hehehehe
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I've yet to kill anything by static either, my gfx died, but It wasn't OC'ed and I didn't even touch it when it went

@ the moment I have 2x OCZ 1GB kits sitting on my floor along with 2 HDD's and my TV card.....and yet the floor has a carpet :shock:

To this day, I have never seen an anti-static strap in my life!
Even when I was removing the IHS from my CPU, I put the cpu on the (carpetted) floor inbetween me cutting into it and trying to calm down

CPU's/IC's etc are very robust!!!

In the past I had a psu which had an exposed 12v cable (molex connecter came off) --> many times this caused a short on my mobo/chipset hsf etc. -> the pc would shut down, but would boot back up no probs!

BUT it can happen......

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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:32 am

Dragon_Cooler wrote:yeah i have had my system just automatically power off because of wires touching where they shouldnt be and creating shorts. after a few seconds it will work just fine like nothing happened. I dont know about the dish washing part, i wouldnt do it. Well i might with an old stick i will probably never use.... want to to try it and report back?
I've toured companies like Kingston and Corsair and seen the dishwashers in use a number of years ago!

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Post by infinitevalence » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:41 am

ahh yes ye old diswasher test :) its a oldy but goody
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Post by Dragon_Cooler » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:53 am

shall i try it?? i bet not to use the hot part of the cycle though huh!?!?!? LOL
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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:06 am

why not run the hot cycle? Remember they BAKE all the PCB's in hot ovens a number of times. Unless it's hot enough to melt the lead free connections nothing will go wrong. Although quick temperature changes are not good :)

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Post by NAiLs » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:44 am

Very nice write-up for first timers! :) I like that black HDD too! I never realized they made them black. Good thing to know on the SATA Power Connectors too, as I didn't know they had two connectors available and you should only use one. What is the reason for this?


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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:46 am

woot good catch editor NAiLs

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Post by DMB2000uk » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:48 am

Seen as though my question appears to have been overlooked, I'll ask again!

I was wondering is there space to install a fan in the Sonata II at the front where the hard drives are?


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Post by Apoptosis » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:51 am

1 front 120mm case fan can be installed, but it can't be more than 25mm thick.

You can also place a 92mm fan in the air duct to help cool the CPU if you wanted to also.

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