Build your own PC
4. Fit it all together - page 2 of 5
For your computer building you will need the following
Yes, that's it, one cross head screwdriver though a 5mm nut
spinner is handy on occasions it is not absolutely necessary
and thousands of computer 'engineers' don't posess one.
First thing to do is to employ all your tools to take the
sides off your case
and fit the feet which most case suppliers leave up to you.
Next thing to do is to fit your 3 drives
Drive 1. Floppy, no jumper settings on the floppy but
make sure you know before you insert it which end of the data
cable socket is Pin 1. Most floppies have a 1 marked though
some have the other end marked as 34 instead.
Drive 2. Hard drive. Make sure you have set the jumper
settings to make this drive the master. Actual jumper settings
can vary quite wildly so if you are not sure then make your
best guess and just remember that you were not sure when it
comes to later stages so you can try different combinations
to confirm the correct one. When you fit it make sure the
circuit board is towards the bottom. Some manufacturers state
this on the drive but most don't. Side mounting is ok if that
suits you case but never mount them with the circuit board
upwards if only because if anything comes loose later and
it lodges on top of the hard drive then it is likely to short
Drive 3. CD/DVD. This you would generally set as slave
which for most CD/DVD's is done by a jumper over the center
pins as marked below.
In order to fit the drives you will generally find that there
are blanking covers on the case where the CD and Floppy Drive
go which need to be gently prised out with a plain bladed
and behind that there is a metal plate that needs to be removed
Most of the metal plates are removed by twisting and fracturing
the thin bits of metal that still hold them in. Some come
out very easily but many don't and Mr Gillette can be very
much in evidence so be careful and keep a first aid kit handy.