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  • PC Game Build Quick and Dirty - Mac Guides
    can t plug the wrong multi pin connector into the wrong motherboard receptor either by virtue of the shape of individual pins on a multi pin plug and latches on the side of a plug Memory Also called RAM should be installed in pairs for ATX boards My understanding is that it is not required but don t quote me Dual channel architecture insures optimum performance References Dual Channel Archtecture SuperUser Link So if you want 8GB RAM you d buy 2x4GB which are sold as a pair On the motherboard RAM slots are organized into pairs channels and are labeled Two sticks or RAM are not installed adjacent to one another but skip a slot Two sticks of RAM go into slots marked DDR3 1 DDR3 2 A notch in the slot prevents RAM sticks from being installed in the wrong orientation in the slot CPU Intel CPUs have no pins AMD CPUs have pins CPU Cooler Fan and pump plug into the CPU and CPU OPT connectors on the motherboard 3 Pin Plug Can fit Into 4 Pin Receptor I saw this when hooking up 3 pin CPU cooler fan pump electrical connections on the motherboard Note there is a small notch on the side of the connectors along with the shape of the pins to make sure it is plugged into the correct 3 pins of the 4 pin connector This Tom s Hardware thread sheds some light onto the situation Quote The 3 pin fans allow the motherboard to monitor the speed of the fan The fourth line on a 4 pin fan allows the motherboard to control the fan The connectors of both are keyed so that you cannot plug a 3 pin fan into a 4 pin motherboard connector wrong Fan Direction Point of interest Look for arrow on side of fan which indicates which way it blows Fans either blow into the case or out of the case Case installed fans suck cool outside air into case Since I added a fan I elected to make the top fan and exhaust fan that pulls air out of the case 6 2 PCIE 8 pin connector Depending on the PCI Express Video Card that is purchased it may require a 6 pin PCIE or an 8 pin PCIE connection The 6 2 is a 6 pin connector with an addition 2 pin connector offering the flexibility functioning as either a 6 pin or 8 pin power connector When Slid together and plugged in an edge on the back of the 6 pin connector holds the 2 pin connector in place beside it Reference this JonnyGuru com FAQ Quote High end PCI Express PCIe graphics cards often need auxiliary power This power is delivered to the card via either a 6 pin PCIe connector or a 6 pin and 8 pin power connector PCI Express graphics cards without any kind of auxillary power connector are called 75W cards because 75W is the most power the card can pull from the PCI Express slot A graphics card with one 6 pin PCIe power connector is called a 150W card because the 6 pin allows the card to draw up to 150W of power A graphics card with two 6 pin PCIe power connectors is called a 225W card and a graphics card with one 6 pin PCIe and one 8 pin PCIe power connector is called a 300W card Some power supplies use what is referred to as a 6 2 pin PCIe power connector This is because the power connectors have a removable pair of pins that converts an 8 pin PCIe connector into a 6 pin PCIe power connector Molex Connectors Used to provided electrical power from the power supply to devices such as hard drives SATA Serial ATA Components data cables used to connect DVD SSD and Hard Drives to the motherboard SATA data cables are individual connections Each SATA device gets an individual cable to connect to the motherboards SATA block I need to verify if it makes any difference which device is connected to which port I ve had no issues with the SATA connections I made in my build SSD Solid State Drive Data storage device This is where your Operating System and programs reside Faster than legacy hard drives and no moving parts Power Supply Go modular A modular power supply with power cables that can be connected to the power supply as needed is the way to go It makes assembly easier and reduces clutter A single Power cable coming off the Power supply can power multiple devices edit The Case An Empty Shell Fractal Design Define XL R2 I don t believe there is any pressing need to spend more than 100 on a case You can probably find a good case for half that price That said there are a variety of nice cases on the market with a range of prices When purchasing a case you want one with easy access to both sides with a cable management compartment which is a separate space on the back side of the case about an 1 wide where cables can be routed A give away clue is that when looking at the main compartment of the case you ll see rubber cable access slots for the cables to come through Another good feature quick connect slots for the hard drives and several many fans For a first time builder I think a mid tower is a good choice USB and headset connections on the front of the case should be expected Cable Management Compartment In the cable management compartment notice the backside of the motherboard and access to the bottom side of the CPU that would allow the future install or uninstall of a CPU cooler I zeroed in on the Fractal Design Define cases because of their sound proofing Honestly I don t know how much difference it makes but I liked the idea My old PC was noisy My G5 Mac was relatively quiet until all the fans kicked in but it was still not annoying Originally I was going to purchase the Define R4 which is a mid tower case about the size an old Mac G5 tower This is plenty big enough but when I went shopping I found that the XL R2 a full size case was less expensive 99 vs 125 I assume because it is an older design case Not sure The XL R2 case came with 3 fans included If I had a critique regarding the XL R2 case is that the front door gives it the minimalist appearance if you like that but it requires the door to be opened for DVD access Not a big deal mostly a neutral The builder in the NewEgg video builds in a Corsair case link perishable Corsair Carbide Case which has these same type of features but I m not sure about sound proofing Those cases run from 70 170 If the Amazon link dies google Amazon com Corsair Cases edit Part 1 External Build I can t over emphasis how important the 2011 You Tube Video Newegg TV How to Build a Computer Part 1s Part 2 Part 3 were to my confidence to able to successfully accomplish this task Initial build Outside the Case Motherboard CPU Cpu Cooler Video Card temp Initial Power Supply hookup temp was conducted outside the case to determine if the motherboard would power up prior to having everything connected inside the case Consider this an initial temporary build because both the video card and power supply will be disconnected from the motherboard prior to installing the motherboard inside the case The memory and cpu cooler will remain connected to the motherboard Caution Observe static charge cautions when assembling a computer You don t want to discharge static electricity from yourself to the computer I bought an inexpensive wrist static strap and used it during assembly connecting it to a partially installed power supply bolt edit 1A Motherboard Motherboard Gigabyte GA Z87MX D3H Initial Assembly Outside the Case some components temporarily installed With a clean table surface to work on removed it from packaging and placed it onto of the box it came in for the initial assembly Included manual sucked Downloaded manual much better For this example I found the manual for this motherboard online at Gigabyte com The NewEgg Video does an excellent job of pointing out parts of a typical motherboard Note Points of interest marked on picture Notice that the CPU mounting bracket is raised in expectation of placing the CPU edit 1B Intel CPU Intel Pin less Processor Intel i5 4670K Intel Haswell processor Difficulty Easy No Pins No pins to fit into the motherboard nice AMD processors have pins Followed the video aligned the cpu latched it in to motherboard edit 1C CPU Cooler H55 Water cooler for CPU Corsair H55 Water cooled with Radiator It has thermal paste pre applied Difficulty Slight Challenge Determining what orientation the cooler should be mounted Securing the heat sink under the bracket Determining which plugs should be used for electrical connections Determine Mounting Orientation This water cooled CPU connector included two tubes connected to a fan radiator Since the cooler is circular and can be mounted in any orientation under the bracket I examined the case to determine the best orientation I decided to relocate the rear fan from back of the case to the top of the case mounting spot on case and would mount the CPU cooler fan radiator on the back of the case for clarification inside the case Fan Direction Point of interest Fans either blow into the case or out of the case The instructions for the cooler said that cool air should be pulled from outside the case over the radiator into the case Since 3 of the fans blow into the case I decided I would orient the top fan to pull air out of the case Caution keep in mind that the heat sink has thermal paste on it which should not touch anything other the the top of the CPU Mounting CPU My understanding is that most 3rd party CPU coolers have a bracket placed on the backside of the motherboard along with a front bracket that holds the cooler s heatsink So did this H55 Cooler came with fittings for both Intel and AMD motherboards The heat sink is circular The front bracket has slots The the heat sink has slots The idea is that after the front and back brackets are loosly connected the heat sink slides into the front bracket and is turned so the slots on it interconnect with slots on the front bracket Followed the instructions but the problem I encountered was while the front and back brackets were connected that even while lifting up on the front bracket I could not get enough clearance to rotate the heat sink to fit under the bracket s slots So I ended up unscrewing the brackets and placing the heat sink under the front bracket and then connecting the back bracket through the holes Electrical Connections The CPU cooler also had two leads 3 pin connectors for electrical one for the fan one for the pump For this I would use the CPU and Opt CPU connectors marked on the motherboard in close proximity to the CPU This is a situation where 3 pin leads fit into 4 pin plugs on the motherboard Note there is a small notch on the side of the connectors along with the shape of the pins to make sure it is plugged into the correct 3 pins of the 4 pin connector This Tom s Hardware thread sheds some light onto the situation Quote The 3 pin fans allow the motherboard to monitor the speed of the fan The fourth line on a 4 pin fan allows the motherboard to control the fan The connectors of both are keyed so that you cannot plug a 3 pin fan into a 4 pin motherboard connector wrong edit 1D Memory Corsair Memory Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 2x4GB 83 Difficulty Easy This Motherboard all ATX motherboards has have two channel memory so two sticks of RAM should be purchased and for example they are sold as 2X4GB For 8GB of RAM I got 2 4GB sticks On the Motherboard RAM slots were marked as DDR3 1 DDR3 2 DDR3 3 and DDR3 4 and they alternated representing different channels and each linked pair of slots had different colors For two sticks of memory they would fit into the slots marked DDR3 1 and DDR3 2 A notch in the connector side of the memory stick prevents it from being installed backwards If you install memory in the wrong channel slots nothing dire will happen the computer either won t start up or will not run optimally edit 1E Video Card ASUS GTX670 Asus GTX670 DC2 2GD5 Temporary Install Difficulty Slight Challenge Figure out what Power Supply connector to use Placed in the PCI 16x slot marked on the Motherboard A notch will keep the card oriented correctly The cable connection end of the card should face the edge of the motherboard Caution The video card is not secured properly in this step to the case as it will be later The motherboard should not have to be moved with the card installed but if you do be gentle 8 pin PCIE PCI Express Connector This card has an 8 pin PCIE connector for auxiliary power and uses a 6 2 PCIE 8 pin connector from the power supply The 6 2 is a 6 pin connector with an addition 2 pin connector that offers the flexibility of a 6 pin or 8 pin connector Slid together they function as a single 8 pin connection And when slide together a small edge on the back of the 6 pin connector holds the 2 pin connector in place beside it Not all cards need 8 pins See more about this in the What I Learned Section edit 1F Power Supply CX600M Corsair CX600M 600 Watt ATX Modular Difficulty Easy Temporary Hookup Choose a modular power supply Plug in just the leads you need Turns out I needed all of the leads but it made assembly much easier than a giant bundle of wires For this stage I set the Power Supply on the table next to the motherboard and made 3 electrical hookups main motherboard power auxiliary mother board power and the Video card 6 2 PCIE PCI Express connection Watch the video It does an excellent job of illustrating the motherboard connections The motherboard connections are one of a kind plugs can t connect them in the wrong place I had to figure out the 6 2 deal see Part 1E Video card edit Part 2 Test Boot In the NewEgg video for the initial power up the host had a small speaker he hooked to the motherboard The purpose was to hear a self test beep when the unit was powered up I did not have one and was not compelled to go find one After all the previously described connections were made I connected the graphic card to my TV via a HDMI cable turned on the tv making sure it was set to the HDMI input The HDMI was just a convenient choice as the TV was located right next to my assembly table The other obvious choice would be to connect it to a monitor I then plugged in the Power Supply and turned it on As described in the video normally the motherboard computer is turned on by means of a case mounted start switch Since this is not hooked up a small screwdriver is used to make a connection on the two power pins that the case switch would plug into later Making the screw driver connection the graphic card fan started up and I got a Gigabyte splash screen on the TV followed by a failure to boot type of message This is normal because there are no hard drives containing an Operating System to boot from This confirmed the motherboard was not dead Although I heard no beep for lack of a speaker I felt confident enough to continue edit Part 3 Assembly Inside Case I turned off and disconnected the Power Supply from the motherboard and video card Then I removed the video card from the motherboard Removed both sides of the Fratal Design case Remember to use the cable management compartment when routing cables edit 3A Power Supply Power Supply Installed Difficulty Easy Installed the power supply into the case four screws on back of the case secured it Note the yellow grounding strap hooked to one of the Power Supply bolts edit 3B DVD Player Physical Install Sony AD 728OS OB Difficulty Easy Popped out the top slot on the front of the computer slide in the DVD player burner and installed 4 screws 2 per side edit 3C 1TB Hard Drive Physical Install Hard drive on quick install slot Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives ST1000DM003 Difficulty Easy Mounted to quick install tray mounted on 4 rubber grommets with 4 screws Electrical Connection later edit 3D 120 GB SSD Solid State Drive Physical Install Difficulty Easy Sandisk SDSSDX 120GB G25 Solid State Drive This is the new standard for running the Operating System from Faster than a traditional hard drive no moving parts Mounted directly to the middle of the tray Find the aligned holes with 4 small screws that came with the case Not mounted on the grommets Electrical Connection later edit 3E Motherboard Physical Install Standoff Posts Difficulty Easy Gigabyte GA Z87MX D3H Caution Avoid dropping screws onto motherboard I had one all most get stuck under the CPU cooler bracket Note the pic for section 3F Determine which holes your motherboard should attach to Depending on the

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  • iCloud - Mac Guides
    in development Almost all features and preferences available on the equivalent desktop software are also available through the web applications integrating seamlessly with the synchronized software on the computer Users can create or delete aliases create delete modify contacts and add and transfer calendar events and to dos Web apps also fully support keyboard shortcuts for performing various actions across different applications edit Mail iCloud includes an icloud com email address When a message is received it is sent directly to all the user s devices Supported devices include the Apple iPhone iPod Touch iPad Apple Mail on Mac OS X and Microsoft Outlook on Microsoft Windows Users can also setup email aliases that will be redirected to their iCloud Mail account Up to 5 aliases can be created A single POP mail server may be configured to receive mails from Mail forwarding is also supported Spam filtering is absent Previous Mac MobileMe subscribers keep their mac com and me com email addresses and gain a new icloud com address New iCloud subscribers subscribed after transition do not receive the me com or mac com address The mac com me com and icloud com mail servers are interlinked meaning all have only one inbox edit Contacts and Calendars iCloud maintains a synchronized address book and calendar feature If a user makes a change to a contact or event on one device it will be automatically synced to the iCloud servers and by extension all the user s other devices Supported devices include the Apple iPhone and other members of the iOS family Address Book and iCal on Mac OS X and Microsoft Outlook on Microsoft Windows edit Plans iCloud has only one plan which is free However this one plan can be upgraded with additional storage for a monthly fee

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