OK, so I have never actually assembled a system from scratch. My last PC was a GamePC. I swapped out CPU, RAM, power supply, graphics, hard disks, etc., on that system through the years, so I’m pretty confident I can handle it. But still I’ve never put a mobo in a case or put a heatsink on a CPU.
So what’s the best online guide to building out a PC from parts? Here’s the PC I’ll be building (plus a 6800 GT):
PC Gamer had a good blow-by-blow a while back – hope I saved it! I’m looking for the kind of advice like “don’t tighten all the screws at one end of the motherboard at once” or “make sure you remove the plastic heatsink bracket before mounting your heatsink” or “only use THIS much thermal paste” or “be sure you have a floppy for the SATA WinXP drivers” etc., etc., etc. You know, the “painful experience” type lessons that are so much easier to learn from someone else than on your own!
Thanks for all pointers,