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LV24-33A Development Board

Posted by in Development Boards, dsPIC/PIC24 Development Boards

Ordering Information

Order Code: LV24-33A
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability:
Price: £99.00

Please note that the 16×2 character LCD, 128×64 graphic LCD, touch-screen overlay, DS1820 temperature sensor and SD card are not included with the LV24-33A development board and must be ordered separately – please see below for LV24-33A options.

Overview

The LV24-33A is MikroElektronika’s development board for 64, 80 and 100-pin digital signal controllers in Microchip’s dsPIC33F family and PIC24F/24H 16-bit microcontrollers. The LV24-33A includes a high-speed USB programmer and in-circuit debugger plus many useful built-in I/O features.

The LV24-33A is supplied with a removable PIC24FJ96GA010 MCU board and provides everything you need to start developing for, experimenting with or learning about this microcontroller. Additional MCU boards may be ordered separately for both the PIC24FJ96GA010 and dsPIC33FJ128GP710 as can empty MCU boards for users wanting to add their own 64, 80 or 100-pin 16-bit PICs and dsPICs where surface mount soldering facilities are available.

By including the programmer, in-circuit debugger, PIC MCU board and useful I/O devices on one board, the LV24-33A will save you having to waste time trying to set up individual programmers, debuggers, prototyping boards and I/O devices. Use of one of MikroElektronika’s dsPIC/PIC24 compilers with their included library routines and example programs also makes developing faster and avoids the need to struggle with hardware and software from different manufacturers.

The LV24-33A’s low cost, ease of use, reliability and wealth of built-in features also make it an excellent platform for the teaching of digital signal controllers in colleges and universities.

Features

  • On-board high-speed USB 2.0 programmer.
  • On-board in-circuit-debugger (when used in conjunction with mikroC, mikroBASIC or mikroPascal dsPIC/PIC24 compilers).
  • Accepts plug-on MCU modules (100-pin PIC24FJ96GA010 included).
  • 85 LEDs show status of the dsPIC’s I/O lines.
  • 85 pushbutton switches to simulate digital inputs.
  • Two analogue potentiometers for simulating analogue inputs.
  • Character LCD interface (16×2 character LCD available as option).
  • Graphic LCD interface (128×64 graphic LCD available as option).
  • Touch-screen controller (touch-screen overlay for graphic LCD available as option).
  • Socket for DS1820 temperature sensor (DS1820 available as option).
  • Two RS-232 ports with DB9 connectors.
  • MMC/SD card slot.
  • ICD2 connector.
  • All I/O lines are available for easy off-board expansion.
  • Pull-up or pull-down port defining.
  • Power supply can be by USB or optional AC/DC power adapter.
  • Large range of optional interface boards available.

Using the LV24-33A

The LV24-33A is incredibly easy to set up and use. On first connecting it to the USB port of your PC using the lead provided, Windows will prompt you to install a driver from the supplied CD-ROM. The PIC24FJ96GA010 that comes fitted to the LV24-33A is pre-programmed with a demonstration program that runs immediately. You can then install the LVPICFlash programming software, also on the CD-ROM, and reprogram the dsPIC with any of the included pre-compiled example programs to try out the board’s I/O features and get a taste of the sort of projects that you can develop.

To write your own programs, you can use the assembler in Microchip’s freely available MPLAB software or any make of dsPIC assembler or compiler that generate HEX files. However use of MikroElektronika’s mikroBASIC, mikroC and mikroPascal dsPIC/PIC24 compilers is recommended as these come with library routines that support all the LV24-33A’s built-in I/O devices and MikroElektronika’s optional interface boards, as well as allowing for use of the LV24-33A’s MikroICD in-circuit debugger. Demonstration versions of these three compilers are included, which enable you to write programs up to 2K in size, or you can save money on the individual prices and buy one of our starter packs that also include full versions of the compilers.

Your programs can make full use of the LV24-33A’s I/O devices and any that are not required can be disabled by way of clearly labelled jumpers and DIP switches. MikroElektronika’s range of optional interface boards can be fitted to the LV24-33A and it is also straightforward to connect your own circuits as all of the PIC/dsPIC’s I/O lines are available on eleven 10-way IDC headers.

Specifications

Supported PICs/dsPICs

The following list gives the PICs and dsPICs currently supported by the LV24-33A in numerical order.PIC24F Family
PIC24FJ96GA010

dsPIC33F Family
dsPIC33FJ128GP710

Package Contents

  • LV24-33A development board with 100-pin PIC24FJ96GA010 microcontroller and 10MHz crystal.
  • USB programming/power cable.
  • RS-232 serial communications cable.
  • Printed user manuals.
  • CD-ROM containing LVPICFlash programming software and drivers.
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EasyPIC5 Development Board

Posted by in Development Boards, PIC Development Boards

Ordering Information

Order Code: EASYPIC5
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £89.00

Please note that the 16×2 character LCD, 128×64 graphic LCD, touch-screen overlay and DS1820 temperature sensor are not included with the EasyPIC5 development board and must be ordered separately – please see below for EasyPIC5 options.

Overview

The EasyPIC5 is MikroElektronika’s latest full-featured development board for 8, 14, 18, 20, 28 and 40-pin DIP-packaged microcontrollers in Microchip’s PIC10F/12F/16F/18F families. The new EasyPIC5 includes a high-speed USB programmer and in-circuit debugger plus many useful built-in I/O features.

The EasyPIC5 is ideal for newcomers to microcontrollers and experienced developers alike and is an excellent choice for anyone wanting the capability to work with any DIP-packaged PIC from 8-pin to 40-pin. The package contains everything you need to get started with PICs – development board, PIC16F887 40-pin microcontroller, programming software, leads, detailed documentation and example programs.

By including the programmer, in-circuit debugger, DIP sockets to accept a large number of PICs and useful I/O devices on one board, the EasyPIC5 will save you having to waste time trying to set up individual programmers, debuggers, prototyping boards and I/O devices. Use of one of MikroElektronika’s compilers with their included library routines and example programs also makes developing faster and avoids the need to struggle with hardware and software from different manufacturers.

The EasyPIC5’s low cost, ease of use, reliability and wealth of built-in features also make it an excellent platform for the teaching of microcontrollers in colleges and universities.

Features

  • On-board high-speed USB 2.0 PIC programmer.
  • On-board mikroICD in-circuit-debugger (when used in conjunction with mikroC, mikroBASIC or mikroPascal PIC compilers).
  • Sockets for 8, 14, 18, 20, 28 and 40-pin PICs (40-pin PIC16F887 included).
  • Removable oscillator (8MHz crystal included).
  • 36 LEDs show status of all the PIC’s I/O lines.
  • 36 pushbutton switches to simulate digital inputs.
  • Four multiplexed seven-segment displays.
  • Two analogue potentiometers to simulate analogue inputs.
  • Character LCD interface (16×2 character available as option).
  • Graphic LCD interface (128×64 graphic LCD available as option).
  • Touch-screen controller (touch-screen overlay for graphic LCD available as option).
  • Socket for DS1820 1-wire temperature sensor (DS1820 available as option).
  • RS-232 port with DB9 connector.
  • USB communications connector for use with USB-enabled PICs.
  • PS/2 connector.
  • All I/O lines are available for easy off-board expansion.
  • Pull-up or pull-down port defining.
  • Power supply can be by USB or optional AC/DC power adapter.
  • Large range of optional interface boards available.

Using the EasyPIC5

The EasyPIC5 is incredibly easy to set up and use. On first connecting it to the USB port of your PC using the lead provided, Windows will prompt you to install a driver from the supplied CD-ROM. The PIC16F887 that comes fitted to the EasyPIC5 is pre-programmed with a demonstration program that runs immediately. You can then install the PICFlash2 programming software, also on the CD-ROM, and reprogram the PIC with any of the included pre-compiled example programs to try out the board’s I/O features and get a taste of the sort of projects that you can develop.

To write your own programs, you can use the assembler in Microchip’s freely available MPLAB software or any make of PIC assembler or compiler that generate HEX files. However use of MikroElektronika’s MikroBASIC, MikroC and MikroPascal compilers is recommended as these come with library routines that support all the EasyPIC5’s built-in I/O devices and MikroElektronika’s optional interface boards, as well as allowing for use of the EasyPIC5’s MikroICD in-circuit debugger. Demonstration versions of these three compilers are included, which enable you to write programs up to 2K in size, or you can save money on the individual prices and buy one of our starter packs that also include full versions of the compilers.

Your programs can make full use of the EasyPIC5’s I/O devices and any that are not required can be disabled by way of clearly labelled jumpers and DIP switches. MikroElektronika’s range of optional interface boards can be fitted to the EasyPIC5 and it is also straightforward to connect your own circuits as all of the PIC’s I/O lines are available on five 10-way IDC headers. The supplied PIC16F887 microcontroller can easily be removed and replaced with any 8, 14, 18, 20, 28 or 40-pin DIP-packaged PIC microcontroller from the PIC10F, 12F, 16F and 18F families. PICs programmed on the EasyPIC5 may also be removed and used in your own circuits if required.

Specifications

Supported PICs

The following list gives the PICs currently supported in DIP-package form by the EasyPIC5 in numerical order.PIC10F Family
PIC10F200, PIC10F202, PIC10F204, PIC10F206, PIC10F220, PIC10F222

(PIC10F devices supported by EasyPIC5’s PICFlash2 programming software, but not by mikroICD in-circuit debugging)

PIC12F Family
PIC12F508, PIC12F509, PIC12F510, PIC12F609, PIC12F615, PIC12F629, PIC12F635, PIC12F675, PIC12F683

PIC16F Family
PIC16F54, PIC16F57, PIC16F59, PIC16F72, PIC16F73, PIC16F74, PIC16F76, PIC16F77, PIC16F83, PIC16F84, PIC16F84A, PIC16F87, PIC16F88, PIC16F505, PIC16F506, PIC16F610, PIC16F616, PIC16F627, PIC16F627A, PIC16F628, PIC16F628A, PIC16F630, PIC16F631, PIC16F636, PIC16F639, PIC16F648A, PIC16F676, PIC16F677, PIC16F684, PIC16F687, PIC16F688, PIC16F689, PIC16F690, PIC16F716, PIC16F737, PIC16F747, PIC16F767, PIC16F777, PIC16F785, PIC16F818, PIC16F819, PIC16F870, PIC16F871, PIC16F872, PIC16F873, PIC16F873A, PIC16F874, PIC16F874A, PIC16F876, PIC16F876A, PIC16F877, PIC16F877A, PIC16F882, PIC16F883, PIC16F884, PIC16F886, PIC16F887

(28-pin devices such as PIC16F57 only supported by EasyPIC5 in 0.3″ SPDIP packages)

PIC18F Family
PIC18F242, PIC18F248, PIC18F252, PIC18F258, PIC18F442, PIC18F448, PIC18F452, PIC18F458, PIC18F1220, PIC18F1230, PIC18F1320, PIC18F1330, PIC18F2220, PIC18F2221, PIC18F2320, PIC18F2321, PIC18F2331, PIC18F2410, PIC18F2420, PIC18F2423, PIC18F2431, PIC18F2439, PIC18F2450, PIC18F2455, PIC18F2480, PIC18F2510, PIC18F2515, PIC18F2520, PIC18F2523, PIC18F2525, PIC18F2539, PIC18F2550, PIC18F2580, PIC18F2585, PIC18F2610, PIC18F2620, PIC18F2680, PIC18F2682, PIC18F2685, PIC18F4220, PIC18F4221, PIC18F4320, PIC18F4321, PIC18F4331, PIC18F4410, PIC18F4420, PIC18F4423, PIC18F4431, PIC18F4439, PIC18F4450, PIC18F4455, PIC18F4480, PIC18F4510, PIC18F4515, PIC18F4520, PIC18F4523, PIC18F4525, PIC18F4539, PIC18F4550, PIC18F4580, PIC18F4585, PIC18F4610, PIC18F4620, PIC18F4680, PIC18F4682, PIC18F4685

Package Contents

  • EasyPIC5 development board with 40-pin PIC16F887 microcontroller and 8MHz crystal.
  • USB programming/power cable.
  • RS-232 serial communications cable.
  • Printed user manuals.
  • CD-ROM containing PICFlash2 programming software and drivers.

EasyPIC5 Options

LCD & DS1820 Pack
A pack containing a 16×2 character LCD and DS1820 temperature sensor, both of which can be easily plugged onto the EasyPIC5 development board.
Order Code: LCDDS1820
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £9.95
GLCD & Touch-Screen Pack
A pack containing a 128×64 graphic LCD and touch-screen overlay, both of which can be easily plugged onto the EasyPIC5 development board.
Order Code: GLCDTOUCH
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £17.95
PIC Microcontrollers Book
This 394 page book accompanied by CD-ROM is written for use with the EasyPIC5. The PIC16F887 is covered in detail and example programs in assembly language are provided for use with the EasyPIC5.
Order Code: PICMCUBOOK
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £17.95

EasyPIC5 Additional Microcontrollers & Adapter Boards

PIC16F628A 18-pin MCU
A popular 18-pin PIC, pin-compatible with the 16F84A but with more features at a lower price.
Order Code: PIC16F628A
Manufacturer: Microchip
Availability: In Stock
Price: £1.95
PIC16F887 40-pin MCU
As supplied with the EasyPIC5, a popular 40-pin PIC, pin-compatible with the 16F877A but with more features at a lower price.
Order Code: PIC16F887
Manufacturer: Microchip
Availability: In Stock
Price: £2.95
PIC18F4520 40-pin MCU
Pin-compatible with the 16F877A but with more memory and an architecture optimised for use with compilers.
Order Code: PIC18F4520
Manufacturer: Microchip
Availability: In Stock
Price: £4.95
PIC18F4550 40-pin MCU
The PIC18F4550 features an on-chip USB interface making it ideal for USB-enabled embedded applications.
Order Code: PIC18F4550
Manufacturer: Microchip
Availability: In Stock
Price: £5.95
PIC18F4580 40-pin MCU
The PIC18F4580 features an on-chip CAN interface making it ideal for CAN-networked embedded applications.
Order Code: PIC18F4580
Manufacturer: Microchip
Availability: In Stock
Price: £5.95
PLCC44 to DIP40 Adapter
An adapter that enables 44-pin PLCC-packaged PICs to be used in the 40-pin DIP socket of the EasyPIC5. (PIC not supplied.)
Order Code: DIP40PLCC
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £5.95

Develop projects faster and save up to £56.90 with an EasyPIC5 Starter Pack!

Maximise the usefulness of the EasyPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the EasyPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroBASIC PIC compiler.
Maximise the usefulness of the EasyPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the EasyPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroC PIC compiler.
Maximise the usefulness of the EasyPIC5 and make development even quicker and easier. Contains the EasyPIC5 as described above plus LCD, GLCD, touch-screen, DS1820 and a full version of the mikroPascal PIC compiler.
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PICPLC8A Control Board

Posted by in Development Boards, PIC Development Boards

Ordering Information

Order Code: PICPLC8A
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £89.00

Overview

The PICPLC8A is a PIC-based control board that can be used both for development purposes and within actual installations. Suitable for use with 40-pin DIP-packaged devices in Microchip’s  PIC16F/18F families, the PICPLC8A comes fitted with a PIC16F887. The PICPLC8A includes a high-speed USB programmer and in-circuit debugger plus eight opto-isolated inputs, eight relay outputs (5A rating), and RS-232 and RS-485 communications.

Features

  • On-board high-speed USB 2.0 programmer.
  • On-board in-circuit-debugger (when used in conjunction with mikroC, mikroBASIC or mikroPascal PIC compilers).
  • Socket for 40-pin PICs (40-pin PIC16F887 included).
  • 8MHz crystal.
  • Eight opto-isolated inputs.
  • Eight relay outputs (5A rating, varistors fitted to prevent contact damage).
  • RS-232 interface.
  • RS-485 interface.
  • PS/2 connector.
  • I/O lines are available for easy off-board expansion.
  • Pull-up or pull-down port defining.
  • Large range of optional interface boards available.

Using the PICPLC8A

The PICPLC8A is incredibly easy to set up and use. On first connecting it to the USB port of your PC using the lead provided, Windows will prompt you to install a driver from the supplied CD-ROM. You can then install the PICFlash2 programming software, also on the CD-ROM, and program the PIC with your own programs.

To write your own programs, you can use the assembler in Microchip’s freely available MPLAB software or any make of PIC assembler or compiler that generate HEX files. However use of MikroElektronika’s mikroBASIC, mikroC and mikroPascal compilers is recommended as these come with library routines that support all the PICPLC8A’s built-in I/O devices and MikroElektronika’s optional interface boards, as well as allowing for use of the PICPLC8A’s mikroICD in-circuit debugger. Demonstration versions of these three compilers are included, which enable you to write programs up to 2K in size.

Your programs can make full use of the PICPLC8A’s in-built I/O features and MikroElektronika’s range of optional interface boards that can be easily fitted to futher expand the system. The supplied PIC16F887 microcontroller can easily be removed and replaced with any other 40-pin DIP-packaged PIC microcontroller from the PIC16F and 18F familes.

Specifications

Supported PICs

The following list gives the PICs currently supported in DIP-package form by the PICPLC8A in numerical order.PIC16F Family
PIC16F877A, PIC16F887

PIC18F Family
PIC18F442, PIC18F448, PIC18F452, PIC18F458, PIC18F4220, PIC18F4221, PIC18F4320, PIC18F4321, PIC18F4331, PIC18F4410, PIC18F4420, PIC18F4423, PIC18F4431, PIC18F4439, PIC18F4450, PIC18F4455, PIC18F4480, PIC18F4510, PIC18F4515, PIC18F4520, PIC18F4523, PIC18F4525, PIC18F4539, PIC18F4550, PIC18F4580, PIC18F4585, PIC18F4610, PIC18F4620, PIC18F4680, PIC18F4682, PIC18F4685

Package Contents

  • PICPLC8A development board with 40-pin PIC16F887 microcontroller and 8MHz crystal.
  • USB programming cable.
  • Printed user manuals.
  • CD-ROM containing PICFlash2 programming software and drivers.

PICPLC8A Options

PIC Microcontrollers Book
This 394 page book accompanied by CD-ROM details the PIC16F887 microcontroller as supplied with the PICPLC8A and makes an invaluable reference.
Order Code: PICMCUBOOK
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In Stock
Price: £17.95
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EasyAVR5A Development Board

Posted by in AVR Development Boards, Development Boards

Ordering Information

Order Code: EASYAVR5A
Manufacturer: MikroElektronika
Availability: In stock
Price: £89.00

Please note that the 16×2 character LCD, 128×64 graphic LCD, touch-screen overlay, DS1820 temperature sensor and SD card are not included with the EasyAVR5A development board and must be ordered separately – please see below for EasyAVR5A options.

Overview

The EasyAVR5A is MikroElektronika’s development board for Atmel’s 8, 14, 20, 28 and 40-pin DIP-packaged AVR microcontrollers. The EasyAVR5A includes a high-speed USB programmer plus many useful built-in I/O features.

The EasyAVR5A is ideal for newcomers to microcontrollers and experienced developers alike and is an excellent choice for anyone wanting the capability to work with any DIP-packaged AVR from 8-pin to 40-pin. The package contains everything you need to get started with AVRs – development board, ATmega16 40-pin microcontroller, programming software, leads, detailed documentation and example programs.

By including the programmer, DIP sockets to accept a large number of AVRs and useful I/O devices on one board, the EasyAVR5A will save you having to waste time trying to set up individual programmers, prototyping boards and I/O devices. Use of one of MikroElektronika’s compilers with their included library routines and example programs also makes developing faster and avoids the need to struggle with hardware and software from different manufacturers.

The EasyAVR5A’s low cost, ease of use, reliability and wealth of built-in features also make it an excellent platform for the teaching of microcontrollers in colleges and universities.

Features

  • On-board high-speed USB 2.0 programmer.
  • Sockets for 8, 14, 20, 28 and 40-pin AVRs (40-pin ATMEGA16 included).
  • Removable oscillator (8MHz crystal included).
  • 32 LEDs show status of the AVR’s I/O lines.
  • 32 pushbutton switches to simulate digital inputs.
  • Four multiplexed seven-segment displays.
  • Two analogue potentiometers for simulating analogue inputs.
  • Character LCD interface (16×2 character LCD available as option).
  • Graphic LCD interface (128×64 graphic LCD available as option).
  • Touch-screen controller (touch-screen overlay for graphic LCD available as option).
  • Socket for DS1820 temperature sensor (DS1820 available as option).
  • RS-232 port with DB9 connector.
  • JTAG connector.
  • MMC/SD card slot.
  • All I/O lines are available for easy off-board expansion.
  • Pull-up or pull-down port defining.
  • Power supply can be by USB or optional AC/DC power adapter.
  • Large range of optional interface boards available.

Using the EasyAVR5A

The EasyAVR5A is incredibly easy to set up and use. On first connecting it to the USB port of your PC using the lead provided, Windows will prompt you to install a driver from the supplied CD-ROM. The ATmega16 that comes fitted to the EasyAVR5A is pre-programmed with a demonstration program that runs immediately. You can then install the AVRprog programming software, also on the CD-ROM, and reprogram the AVR with any of the included pre-compiled example programs to try out the board’s I/O features and get a taste of the sort of projects that you can develop.

To write your own programs, you can use the assembler in Atmel’s freely available AVRStudio software or any make of AVR assembler or compiler that generate HEX files. However use of MikroElektronika’s mikroBASIC, mikroC PRO 2008 and mikroPascal compilers is recommended as these come with library routines that support all the EasyAVR5A’s built-in I/O devices and MikroElektronika’s optional interface boards. Demonstration versions of these three compilers are included, which enable you to write programs up to 2K in size, or you can save money on the individual prices and buy one of our starter packs that also include full versions of the compilers.

Your programs can make full use of the EasyAVR5A’s I/O devices and any that are not required can be disabled by way of clearly labelled jumpers and DIP switches. MikroElektronika’s range of optional interface boards can be fitted to the EasyAVR5A and it is also straightforward to connect your own circuits as all of the AVR’s I/O lines are available on five 10-way IDC headers. The supplied ATmega16 microcontroller can easily be removed and replaced with any 8, 14, 20, 28 or 40-pin DIP-packaged AVR microcontroller. AVRs programmed on the EasyAVR5A may also be removed and used in your own circuits if required.

Specifications

Supported AVRs

The following list gives the AVRs currently supported in DIP-package form by the EasyAVR5A in numerical order.ATtiny12, ATtiny13, ATtiny15, ATtiny25, ATtiny26, ATtiny45, ATtiny85, ATtiny2313, AT90S1200, AT90S2313, AT90S2323, AT90S2343, AT90S4433, AT90S8515, AT90S8535, ATmega8, ATmega16, ATmega32, ATmega8515, ATmega8535

Package Contents

  • EasyAVR5A development board with 40-pin ATmega16 microcontroller and 8MHz crystal.
  • USB programming/power cable.
  • RS-232 serial communications cable.
  • Printed user manuals.
  • CD-ROM containing documentation, AVRprog programming software and drivers, demonstration versions of MikroElektronika’s mikroBASIC, mikroC PRO 2008 and mikroPascal compilers and example programs.
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How to Begin Building Your Own Computer

Posted by in Development Boards, Development Tips, Guides

We decided to write a separate post on how to build your own computer. As this is an embedded development website, including as much information about all fields of computing is important. We at Paltronix hope you find this piece informative and come visit us at our local shop to purchase development products!


To begin building your own computer, you will need to gather the right components. There are build guides available online which offer component lists for a variety of “build your own” computers. We recommend choosing a build guide, such as this popular list to find a gaming PC under $500. and then shopping around online (or in your own community) in order to gather high-quality components for great prices. Once you have your supplies, you’ll be ready to get the job done!

We recommend clearing a flat surface, such as a larger desk or kitchen table, which gives you ample room for boxes and parts. Before you unbox your components, you should should be aware of one risk. It’s static electricity. There is a way to avoid the risk, and this is purchasing a wristband which is anti-static. When you wear it, you’ll be grounded at all times. We think that everyone who builds their own computers should invest in these wristbands.

Also, you should choose footwear that has rubber soles. Another tip on avoiding static electricity is to work on your computer build in a room that has non-carpet flooring. Rugs stir up a lot of static electricity. When you do open boxes that contain your components, you’ll notice that most of them come in bags with anti-static properties. Keep them in these bags until you need them.

Open Your Case First


Getting the case ready is probably the simplest part of building a new computer. Put the case on your flat surface and take away its side panel. This panel’s removal will allow you to get into the case. Usually, the panel is located on the left-hand side. In addition, you should take away things that are hanging inside of the case. If something is affixed to the case, on the inside, move it out of the way.

Now, you’ll need to put your power supply into the case. It’s known as PSU for short. This component is usually situated on the back of a case, in an uppermost corner or on the bottom. You should see a slot with a square shape. This is the slot for the power supply. The slot will feature screw holes on two or more corners and the power supply unit will rest inside of it, with its female socket and switch facing in an outward direction. If you need more help, look at the manual which came with your case. It should show you exactly where the PSU needs to go.

After you take care of this, it will be time to install the computer’s processor. This is a more complex operation. However, plenty of people do it themselves and you can, too. Be sure to read lots of tips on installing a computer processor before you begin. This guide by Super Micro should help. When you educate yourself, you’ll have more confidence. You’ll know exactly what to do and what not to do!

Start Building a Computer Today

The Internet makes it so easy to find great components for fair prices. Also, it’s loaded with instructions on which components to buy and how to build a computer, step by careful step. So, why not start building a computer today?

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