Chapter 3 - Computer Assembly, Step-by-Step

Assembling computers is a large part of a technician's job. As a technician, you will need to work in a logical, methodical manner when working with computer components. As with any learned trade, computer assembly skills will improve dramatically with practice.

After completing this chapter, you will meet these objectives:

  • Open the case.
  • Install the power supply.
  • Attach the components to the motherboard and install the motherboard.
  • Install internal drives.
  • Install drives in external bays.
  • Install adapter cards.
  • Connect all internal cables.
  • Re-attach the side panels and connect external cables to the computer.
  • Boot the computer for the first time.

Additional Resources


* You can find the Virtual Desktop activity in the Teacher  Hand-Out Folder

Click on MyComputer, Teacher Hand-In, Hand-Out Folders:
  1. Hamlin
  2. Hand Out
  3. ICT CIS
  4. Virtual Desktop
  5. index.html