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Assembly Completion Procedure

This subprocedure of the New PC Assembly Procedure describes how to finish the assembly of your new PC. This involves mainly tying up loose ends, optimizing BIOS settings and the like. Pretty simple stuff, but you do have to finish the job. :^)

Procedure Overview:

  • Difficulty Level: 1 (Very low).
  • Risk Factor: 1 (Very low).
  • Hardware Required:
    • Screwdriver.
    • Cable ties and wire snips are optional.
    • You may need a pair of needle-nose pliers.
  • Software Required: None.
  • Time to Perform: About 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Preparation / Warnings:
    • Make sure the power is turned off before you go back into the system to finish it off. Some people try to save time by leaving the power on when they re-assemble the case; I don't recommend it.
    • Be careful not to loosen any cables when tidying up the inside of the system
    • Make sure the system is stable and working well before putting the case back on.

Procedure Steps:

  1. Turn System Off: If the system is on, turn it off and unplug it.
  2. Tidy Up Inside the Case: Look inside the case for any cables that are dangling loose that might get in the way of the CPU fan or other components. Make sure there are no leftover or loose parts in the case. Try to tuck these out the way. You may also want to use plastic cable ties (snip off the ends with wire snips) to secure loose wires.
  3. Replace System Case Cover: I haven't bothered putting specific step-by-step instructions for this; it's basically a matter of undoing whatever you did to open the case up in the first place. :^) You may need to disconnect your keyboard, mouse and other peripherals in order to get some cases back together.
  4. Physically Position System Case: Put the system case in the location where you want it to stay permanently.
  5. Secure External Peripheral Connectors: You will want to now secure the connectors for your mouse, monitor, and other peripherals. You may need a screwdriver for some of these, but often you can just tighten them with your fingers.
  6. Turn System Back On: Turn the PC back on and make sure it still works properly, and immediately go into the BIOS setup program.
  7. Optimize BIOS Settings: Now that you have the system working well, you will want to optimize the performance of your system by tweaking some of the BIOS settings that you previously left at default or safe values. Reboot your system and go into the BIOS setup, then follow the recommendations in this section to optimize your settings. Remember to save any changes you make.

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