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Hardware Part

-You donít have to but I would advise you at least glance at the instruction manuals for your parts first

-Unpackage and sort everything

-Remove the side panel from the case

-Install the case fans into their appropriate sockets

-Install the power supply with screws, make sure it's facing the right direction, keep the chords bundled up and don't remove the strap, move the bundle of chords outside the case so you have room

-Install the disk drives, they will either slide in from the front or the back

-Install the RAM into the mobo, line up the missing pin with the socket (it only fits one way) push down one side at a time and push the pins into the top half circles on either side MAKE SURE ITíS ALL THE WAY IN

-Install the cpu onto the mobo

-Apply the thermal paste that came with your order to the top of the cpu (not to the bottom of the air cooler), do not use the thermal paste that came with the air cooler and do not use the air cooler that came with the cpu, if the air cooler that you bought already has thermal paste on the bottom remove it

-Install the air cooler onto the cpu, if it feels like it is to tight their should be a knob like thing on the side that you can turn to loosen it, make sure it fits tight but not so tight that it feels like itís going to damage the cpu

-Remove the back plate from the case if there is one already on it and replace it with the back plate that came with your mobo, before doing this bend the prongs out and clip them off with a wire cutter if you want (in my experience it makes things easier in the long run), to install it just line it up on the proper side and push down on each point until you hear/feel it snap into place, go all the way around and make sure all of the points are snapped in

-Look at your case manual and install the ground breakers for the appropriate size mobo (I think your mobo is ATX) by screwing them into the right holes

-Install the mobo by lining it up with the backplate and ground breakers then screwing in all of the screws, every single hole should have a screw in it

-Install the hard drives, refer to the case manual to see how since every case is different

-Now plug in all of the non-power chords, connect the mobo to the disk drive with the IDE cable (use the top and bottom connectors not the middle), connect the mobo to the HDD with the sata cable, you can use any of the sata ports on the mobo

-Now plug in all of the power chords, connect the 20 + 4 pin power connector to the mobo and the 4+4 pin connector to the mobo, connect the 4 pin molex to the disk drive, connect the sata power connector to the HDD, connect all of the fans to either a 4 pin molex from the power supply or a 2/3/4 pin micro connector on the mobo depending on what type of connector the fan uses (some will connect to both the mobo and power supply), plug the 3/4 pin micro connector for your cpu air cooler into the 4 pin micro connector on the mobo that is right next to the cpu

-Install the video card into the top PCI-e x16 socket by removing the brackets for the sockets that it will occupy then line up and push the video card into the socket, then depending on the case either screw in or clip in the video card to where the brackets were on the back of the case

-Install the audio card the same way as the video card just with a PCI Ėe x1 socket instead

-Connect the 6+2 pin connects on your power supply to the video card

-Refer to your mobo manual and plug in all of the front panel connectors for your case such as power light, HDD light, power button, etc. into the appropriate spots in the color coded area on the bottom of the mobo (or at least itís usually on the bottom), you can also connect any usb, firewire, etc. connectors for the front ports of your case to your mobo as well if you want to use them but this is completely optional and I usually donít do it

-Rearrange your power chords so that they are not in the way

-Double check to make sure everything is installed in the right spot and plugged in

-Put the side panel back no once you are sure

-Put the now completed desktop wherever you want it, use the power chord to connect the power supply to an outlet, connect the two monitors to the video card with the two DVI-DVI cables, use DVI not VGA, connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port, setup the monitors and surround sound system, connect the surround sound system to the audio card, their should be 3 chords that you have to plug in and 4 ports that they fit it so read the audio card manual to make sure that they are in the right ports (front left/right, rear left/right, and front center/sub;  do not use the side left/right port), finally plug in the mouse and keyboard, do not plug in any other usb devices until you boot into the OS


Software Part

-Do not use the software/drivers that comes with your parts, I cannot stress this enough

-Go on your laptop search the sites for the brands of products you bought (search to get your audio card drivers, to get your mobo drivers, and to get your cpu and video card drivers, or just ask me to forward you links to the downloads) and download all of your drivers (including cpu, video, mobo, and any usb devices), copy the drivers on to a usb flash drive

-Turn on your machine go into the bios settings, tweak them as you see fit, change the boot order to cd first and any other boot settings to the appropriate settings

-Insert your OS disk into your cd/dvd drive and restart your system

-Go through the installer then your system should restart automatically

-Plug the usb flash drive into your system and install all of your drivers

-Search for and install any other software you might need such as antivirus, IM, directx, media players, web browsers, web browser plugins such as java/flash/Silverlight/adobe reader, service pack updates, winrar, dotnet, defrag and cleanup software, microsoft office, etc.

-Go through the settings for windows vista/7 and disable all of the annoying stuff like automatic defraging

-Turn on automatic updates

-To keep it running fast you should defrag and cleanup regularly and avoid installing to many programs, try and reduce the number of startup programs as well