You’ll want to clear up some workspace, of course. Any flat, solid surface like a desk, table, or floor will do. Building on carpet was usually not recommended due to the possibility of static buildup, but today’s components are
very well-shielded to the point where the risk of damage from static shock is very low.
If your workspace allows, we recommend putting the motherboard and core components together first, building atop your motherboard box or other large piece of cardboard and lowering the complete mainboard into the case afterwards.
This provides two major advantages to building in-case:
- You can access the backside of the motherboard, making it much easier to install the CPU cooler and backplates.
- You can test your CPU, motherboard, and RAM to verify they are not dead on arrival (DOA) before spending the time to build out your rig.
This guide will step through the “boxtop” build process, but if you’re building in-case, head to the “Motherboard Installation” section first then jump back here to continue along.
Since we’re starting from the motherboard and lowering it into the case later, you can ground yourself by attaching the anti-static wristband to any metal object like a desk. Take your motherboard out and set aside all included
cables, I/O shield, documentation, and any other accessories. Close the box, remove your motherboard from the anti-static bag, and holding from the sides or bottom, place the motherboard flat atop its box.