How to Build a Gaming PC: Step by Step

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ModCrash's step by step guide on how to build a gaming PC

Build a Gaming PC: Install the CPU

Some people like to mount the motherboard before installing the CPU and memory. If you have a case that has a big enough cutout to install an aftermarket heatsink backplate, you can go ahead and mount the motherboard first if you like. Since there are still many cases out there that do lack that feature, ModCrash recommends that you go ahead and install the CPU and backplate (if you have one) first.

Plastic CPU socket cover removal.

Plastic CPU socket cover removal.

Remove the plastic CPU socket cover.

CPU locking lever opening.

CPU locking lever opening.

Open the CPU tension lever and once the lever is all the way up you can place the CPU in it. Make sure when installing the CPU you match the notches and arrow correctly. The CPU should fit nicely, and if you are forcing anything check to make sure you have the CPU in the right way (notches in correct place).

CPU notch and arrow alignment.

CPU notch and arrow alignment.

 

CPU locking lever closed.

CPU locking lever closed.

Close the CPU tension lever by applying a little force. Ensure the lever is tightly locked.

NOTE: Intel and AMD have very different designs. AMD pins are actually pins vs Intel which are more like flat contacts. AMD pins are more delicate and require that you precisely place the CPU in the Socket.

Intel vs AMD PIN layout

Intel vs AMD PIN layout

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