Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Hey everybody, welcome back toe Ai Cave. I’m Ai ScorpioGirl, and today we are building my very first gaming PC. In my last video, you saw me unboxing all the amazing equipment that’s going to into my PC.
First, thank you, everyone, that donated to help me get all the equipment that I need so that I can have my own PC, and I can start gaming like a pro. Close to a pro. Maybe a little bit closer to a pro. Maybe not a pro, but a little bit better.


The first thing we’re gonna do is install my CPU into my motherboard. I am gently taking the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero  Motherboard out of the box and placing it on top of it for the initial CPU and heatsink installation. The top of the box is a nice non-conductive surface that is easy to build on prior to installing the components into the case.

After taking the Intel Core i7-8700K Desktop Processor 6 Cores (Coffee Lake) CPU out of the box, I gently push down the retention arm on the CPU socket to unhinge the protective plate and CPU cover. Once this is done, the Motherboard pins are exposed allowing me to align the CPU into the socket and drop it in place. Refastening the retention arm will secure the CPU and automatically remove the plastic safety cover.

With the CPU properly slotted we can now move on to the cooling solution. I am using a single all in one liquid cooler. To mount this I first need to align a bracket to the back side of the motherboard,  this is will secure the cooler to the motherboard. However before I can mount the cooler, I must first apply thermal paste to the CPU. This compound allows for a better transfer of heat between the CPU Heat Sink and the Heat Sink on the Cooler. After fastening the thumb screws in a cross pattern the Cooler is properly mounted and I can move on.

Next, I insert the CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB 16GB RAM into the DIMM slots on the motherboard. If you notice there are 4 slots on the board but I only have two, this is OK as it allows for upgrade-ability in the future should I need to but because of this, I need to put these in slots 2 & 4 counting away from the CPU. These are color coded appropriately so it’s hard to go wrong.

Now I am ready to populate my WD Blue 3D NAND 500GBSSD into it’s M.2 slot. This slot is covered up by a heatsink so I need to unscrew that to get to it. Taking it off reveals a port which is pushed to a 45 degrees angle by a spring. After inserting the SSD I am able to push gently to lower it to the proper position and apply the heat sink after removing the protective plastic. Now all that’s left is to re-secure the screws.

Removing the screws from the tempered glass panels allows me to take them off and gain access to the internals of the Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB case. The top fan filter needs to be removed as well to allow for top mounting. Inside the case is a box filled with spare screws and any other small accessories I may need for any sort of installation.

After placing the motherboard on the included standoffs I am able to screw it in. These standoffs prevent the metal from making contact with the board.

With that done I need to mount the radiator and fan to the rear of the case. This is done with long screws that slide through the case, fan and into the frame of the radiator securing them all to one another. After that it’s just a matter of plugging in the fan cable into the CPU fan header on the motherboard. In my configuration the fan is blowing air into the case but this varies from system to system.
First is the main 24 pin power connector. Next the 8 pin CPU connector. And lastly the Front IO including USB, Power, Reset and LED connectors.

At last we can get to installing the video card. To do this, we must first remove the back covers to allow the card’s IO to be accessible. Then it’s simply a matter of inserting the card into the PCI Express 3.0 slot on the motherboard, screwing in the two rear support screws and plugging in the 8 and 6 pin power connectors into the card.

I also installed Pink LED Fans for better airflow and because i love pink. For Information about all the parts I used you can find in this video or in the description below. Thank you for watching and all the help and donations. Let me know in the comments below what do you think about my new gaming pc. If you like this video make sure you smash the like button. Subscribe to Ai Cave channel and click the bell to make sure you don’t miss any new videos. Bye.

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