Dell Optiplex GX520

Dell Optiplex GX520
Build a
PC
Produced by Oliver Adamson
Dell Optiplex GX520
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Version 1.0
Model— Dell Optiplex GX520
18th November 2014 - 18/11/14
Produced by Oliver Adamson
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Contents
Advice/Tools & Parts ............................................... 4
Opening the case .................................................... 6
Power supply .......................................................... 7
DVD Drive ............................................................... 8
Hard Disk................................................................. 9
RAM Chips ............................................................ 10
Motherboard ........................................................ 11
Heat Sink ............................................................... 12
Fan ........................................................................ 13
Circulation of fans in a PC.
Connecting Cables .......................................... 14/15
Checking & Closing up........................................... 16
Testing ................................................................... 17
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Advice on
tools & parts
For tools, you will find it easier if you have a magnetic
screwdriver as a lot of screws in the PC are quite hard
to get out without a magnetic screwdriver.
You should also have a cup or small container of
some description, to store any screws that you need.
Testing
Now that you have checked all components in the case and
closed it up, you can turn the power supply on at the wall. If
you did not already have the power cable plugged in, you can
now plug it in and turn it on.
Then, take your HDMI, DVI or VGA cable and plug it into the
back of the PC using the motherboards ports. Once you have
plugged it into the PC you will need to plug the cable into the
back of your monitor.
Preferably, try to keep the screws separated in order
of what they are needed for. For example, keep any
screws for the fan in one container and ones for the
power supply in another, and so on.
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Checking & closing up
Notes
Now you should check that all screws are in place and are tightened sufficiently, but not so tight that it will brake anything.
Flick through the manual again and check on each component
that it is placed in correctly and that cables are connected in the
correct places. You may also want to put a tick on each page as
you check them over for screws and cables, to keep track of
what you need to check in case anything has been missed.
To close the case, simply place the notches on the edges of the
lid into the holes in the case. Then lift the lid up to click it into
the top holes in the case.
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Opening the case
Pull the slide on the top of the case, which will release the
latch that holds the cover on the case.
Then, pull off the cover and place it to one side.
You should still NOT have the power supply turned on, as we
need to close up and check everything.
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Connecting
Power Supply
Cables
To attach the power supply, put it in the space located at the
back of the case. Then, screw it into place with the 4 screws
provided.
You may want to connect
the cable to the power
supply and plug it in BUT
DO NOT TURN IT ON. This
will help to earth the case
and components.
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DVD Drive
The DVD drive is used to load the operating system disc onto
your computer if built from scratch. It is also used to read
DVDs and CDs.
First, take off any optical drive covers on the case.
Then, slide the DVD drive into the slot.
Fan(s)
The fan in this PC is mounted on the side of the heat sink, and
is used to extract the heat out of the case.
Next, take the red white and blue coloured cable and plug it
into the motherboard as shown in the image above.
Don’t worry about connecting cables yet, as the motherboard
needs to be put in.
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Heat Sink
Hard Disk Drive
(HDD)
The heat sink is a big radiator on top of a lump of copper with
thermal
Paste on it. This sits on the CPU and dissipates the heat from it.
The heat is conducted into the radiator and extracted out of
the case by the fan.
Your hard disk drive is used to store your operating system and
documents and applications that are used by you.
Take your hard disk drive (HDD) and screw it into the hard drive
racks provided.
Then, slide it into the slot located on the bottom left of the case.
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RAM Chips
Motherboard
RAM stands for Random Access Memory, it temporarily stores data in
order for your programs to run. Your RAM is wiped when your computer
shuts down.
To insert the RAM, take it out of your packaging and slot it into the long
black slots on the motherboard. Then press firmly on the top of the chips
until the clips on the side click down.
It is important to install the RAM before inserting the motherboard as if
you try to install the chips when the motherboard is screwed in you may
damage or break the connections in the motherboard due to the amount
of pressure you must apply to click these in.
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The motherboard is what will hold your CPU and RAM, and provide
audio and USB inputs to your computer.
Before placing the motherboard into the case, you must screw in the
gold coloured pegs if they are not already. This will separate the
motherboard from the case and prevent damage.
Then place the motherboard on the pegs and screw it down in the
allocated screw slots.
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