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How to Build Your Own Pentium III Computer
Last updated: 4/14/99

So, you bought an Abit BH6 Motherboard, splurged on a 450 Mhz Pentium III processor, you are sure you have purchased some quality memory, and you are ready to start putting all of your hard earned goodies into an AOpen HX45 case.   But, you have never built a computer before.  Well, here's is how to do it, by the numbers...

  Obtain the parts. 

  • AOpen HX45 Computer Case
  • Abit BH6 motherboard
  • 450 Mhz Pentium III processor (SECC2 form factor)
  • SSEC2 CPU retention mechanism
  • CTK CPU Fan for a Pentium III with an SSEC2 form factor
  • 128 Mbyte, 100 Mhz, 8 ns,  PC-100, 168-pin SDRAM
  • Focus 2001W Keyboard
  • Logitech M-S34 2-button PS/2 mouse
  • Four 9-inch cable-ties (also known as zip-ties) Garbage bag twisties will do, but won't look as good.
  • ATI SpeedStar A70 AGP Display Adapter with 8 MBytes
  • AOpen 7277c 17" SVGA monitor
  • Panasonic 3 1/2" 1.44 MByte floppy drive
  • IOmega IDE Zip Drive
  • Western Digital AC26400 6.4 GByte, UDMA, EIDE hard disk drive
  • AOpen CD-948 48X IDE CD-ROM drive
  • Additional IDE cable
  • AOpen FX-3D Plus ISA PnP Sound Board
  • MLi 699 Speakers
  • AOpen FM56-P PnP PCI V.90/K56Flex 56K MODEM
  • Windows 98 OEM

1) If you obtain the above parts, 2) if they are all good (they usually are), and 3) if you follow my check-off list, you should be able to build a professional-looking, quality computer with the least amount of trouble.  This particular computer went together and ran the first time without any glitches or hassle.

  Gather the tools.


  • Knife
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Socket driver
  • Diagonal cutters


  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • Anti-static mats
  • Workbench
  • Forceps (handy for moving jumpers)

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