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Home      Articles and Pages      How to Build a Dell Alienware PC Kit

Alienware PC kits from Dell were designed to be high performance computers targeted at the gaming market, with faster processors, more RAM and powerful video and graphics performance. Build your own Alienware PC and customize the configuration to match your need for speed, and play the latest games without delays or hesitations. Include multimedia features such as a large widescreen display and surround sound for the ultimate gaming experience. Note that these kits were marketed and sold for a short period of time and are no longer available in kit for directly from Dell, although Alienware PCs from Dell continue to be popular.

Step 1

Attach one end of an anti-static wrist strap to either wrist and the other end to a grounded metal object or the grounding lug of an electrical outlet.

Step 2

Raise the CPU locking lever on the motherboard and insert the CPU into the motherboard as indicated by the triangular marking on one corner of the CPU that matches a similar marking on the motherboard CPU socket. Press down on the edges of the CPU to ensure it is fully seated -- be gentle and take great care not to bend any of the pins. Lower the locking lever into the locked position.

Step 3

Remove the protective film from the heat sink and align it with the top of the CPU. Lower the heat sink squarely onto the CPU and attach the connecting lever to the CPU socket. Connect the power lead from the cooling fan to the motherboard location marked "CPU FAN."

Step 4

Spread open the plastic retention tabs on the RAM sockets on the motherboard and insert the RAM modules into the sockets according to the plastic tab in the socket, which matches the notch in the bottom of the RAM module. If installing multiple RAM modules, begin with the lowest numbered socket and add RAM one module at a time in sequence.

Step 5

Install the chrome motherboard port face plate into the case and align the motherboard with the face plate to ensure there is one motherboard standoff for each mounting hole in the motherboard. Add or remove standoffs as necessary. Lower the rear port end of the motherboard into the case and insert the ports through the face plate, being careful not to bend any of the small grounding lugs. Place a screw in each mounting hole and tighten gently, being careful not to damage the motherboard from over-tightening.

Step 6

Remove the blank slot protector for the video card and install the video card into the slot according to the directions included with the case. This may vary by case design.

Step 7

Install the hard drive in an available drive bay as indicated by the connectors on the drive, allowing easy access to the connectors from inside the case. Connect the data cable from the hard drive to the lowest numbered SATA (or PATA) port on the motherboard.

Step 8

Insert the optical drive into the front of the Alienware case through the face plate and secure it into place when the front panel is aligned. Connect the data cable from the optical drive to the next available SATA (or PATA) port on the motherboard.

Step 9

Insert the power supply unit into the case as indicated by the offset screw hole on one corner of the power supply which matches the screw hole pattern on the case. Attach the power supply using four screws. Connect the main motherboard power lead and the CPU power feed to the motherboard. Connect power to the video card if necessary and to each of the drives. Connect any auxiliary fans to power.

Step 10

Gently secure any loose wires and cables using nylon cable ties, being careful to leave slack in the cable ties to allow the cables to move easily.

Step 11

Connect the keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers to the back of the computer. Connect the computer, monitor and speakers to a power surge strip. Power on the equipment and place the operating system disc in the optical drive. Follow the instructions on the screen to install an operating system.

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