Building A PC For Beginners
Installing the CPU
An excerpt from "Building A PC For Beginners".
  
Now we are ready to begin building. Our first step will be to install the CPU.
   Many people who assemble computers will mount the motherboard in the case first. For a long time, I was one of them. Then, I began to do business with an online firm that sold motherboard, CPU, and RAM
bundled together. As part of the sale, they would assemble them, and run a 24 hour test, known as a "burn in" to make sure all was working well.
   That was the way you received them, as one unit, ready to install in the case. It was so easy, I began doing it with every computer I built. There was no more of the awkwardness of reaching down inside a case. Everything was in the open, where it could be worked on easily.
   This is the method we'll use for this computer.
   First, lay the motherboard on the foam pad that came in the box. For a bit of extra protection, put them both on top of the antistatic bag, or a rubber mat, if you have one. You'll notice there are tiny metal protrusions on the underside of the motherboard. You don't want these to get bent.
   Notice in the picture (photo 25) how I'm using my finger to lift the lever beside the CPU socket. It is held in place by a little plastic flange that extends from the side of the socket itself. Once disengaged, the lever comes up easily.
   It will stop at a 90 degree angle. (photo 26) Leave it there. The socket is now ready for the chip to be inserted.
   Now, let's open the box our CPU came in. The unit we purchased came bundled with a heatsink and fan. (photo 27). I like to purchase them this way, because you know you're  getting sufficient cooling power for the chip.
   You'll notice on the top of the chip there are four round pads, and a rectangular contact surface. (photo 28) On the bottom is a grid of pins. (photo 29)
   Please look carefully at the two lower corners of the chip. In these corners a pin is missing. Now, look at the socket on the motherboard. (photo 30) In the two lower corners, there are missing pinholes.
   So which way does the chip fit? Correct! The corners with the missing pins go with the corners of the socket where there are no pinholes.
   The chip will slip easily into place. (photo 31) They call these sockets ZIF's, Zero Insertion Force. If it doesn't go into place, first look at the little gold arrow in the corner. (photo 32) It has to be pointing to the base of the lever.
   If the chip still doesn't fit, don't force it. Check the bottom for bent pins. This is fairly rare. I'd prefer you to return the chip to the store, and let one of their technicians straighten it, rather than risk breaking it off altogether.
   With the chip resting in the socket, you can push the lever down and click it into place. (photo 33) It is now installed, (photo 34) and you are ready for the heatsink and fan.
  
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There are only 11 major parts in a computer.
Most of them snap together, or plug-in.
If you think you can connect just 11 items, then you can build a computer.

No special tools are needed.
A Phillips screwdriver, and a flat screwdriver are all that you will require.
Retractors are nice to have, and will cost about $2.

Any knowledge you will need is in this book.
It will steer you through buying parts, assembling them, and loading Windows XP.

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