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<p>Building your new PC is a 'step-by-step'-affair. For it to end with the 'excellent PC' you had in mind, starts with a few simple yet important basic rules that will guide you through this all.</p> <h3>The Basics</h3> <ol> <li>Work slowly and meticulously</li> <li>Take your time</li> </ol> <p>Slow and <strong>'Correct first time around'</strong> is the goal we want to achieve. Fixing problems 'after the fact' is usually complicated and a very slow process that is also very stressful. That's why <em>slowly but surely</em> is very much the preferred option.</p> <ol start="3"> <li><strong>RTFM</strong>: READ the F*ing Manual[s] / instructions</li> </ol> <p>READ the <em>INSTRUCTIONS / manual</em> <strong>BEFORE</strong> every step By that I don't mean you'll need to read the entire thing back to back. Skip the obligatory 'safety regulations etc. telling you not to not to put your parts in water etc. Just <strong>read the important bits.</strong></p> <ol start="4"> <li><strong>Get ALL of the required parts</strong> as mentioned in the instructions for the [next] step</li> <li><strong>'Dry fit' the part </strong>if you can <p>To make sure you 'get it right', get every part you need for the stepout of it's box / wrappings and check. See <strong>where</strong> they should fit and <em>HOW</em> they would fit. Check things like</p> <ul> <li><strong>Location</strong>: where does the part go..?</li> <li><strong>Orientation</strong>: how does it fit? You may need to turn it around to make things fit correctly!</li> </ul> </li> <li>Place, Complete an Check</li> </ol> <h3>Carefully put the part in its place.</h3> All parts, when put in the right place, and oriented correctly will 'snap into place' sometimes with <em><strong>some</strong> </em>force but <strong>without 'forcing things into place'.</strong> When you feel the need to use a lot of force, you probably got something wrong! Check again and / or ask advice! First Complete then Check every step. Use your manual / instructions before, during and after the completion of every step. <blockquote>Get it right first time? >> Celebrate!! Spot a problem? >> Celebrate: you just saved yourself a lot of troubles!!</blockquote>
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