Peripherals

Rear Panel
Rear Panel

Welcome back, now that we have completed our PC build it’s time to connect it to our peripherals and power it up. To help Identify which type of connection each peripherals utilize. I have provided a diagram of all the ports locations as well as pictures of the cables to make it easier. (USB or PS/2) 

ps2 keyboard & mouse
ps2 keyboard & mouse
USB
USB

Step 1 – Connecting Mouse / Keyboard

Start by connecting your mouse and keyboard like illustrated in these photos. Pictured left is a USB to PS/2 adapter plugged into a PS/2 Port.


Step 2 – Connecting VGA to Video Adapter

Video Adapter (VGA)
Video Adapter (VGA)

Next connect your VGA cable to the Video Graphics adapter. ( Note – Most but not all motherboards include on-board video.) If you have installed a Video Card then connect your VGA cable or HDMI cable too your video card as it will be the primary video display adapter.


Step 3 – Connecting SPDIF to On-board Audio Ports

SPDIF Audio
SPDIF Audio

Begin with locating your SPDIF connections from your speakers or headset, next locate the audio ports on the rear panel. Green indicates audio output (To your speakers), Red indicates sound recording input. (From your microphone)

cat5 Network Port
cat5 Network Port

Step 4 – Connecting Cat5 Network Cable

Locate your Cat5 network cable, (Usually attached too your router or modem) Slide it into the network port located at the rear panel, or the network card installed on the motherboard. ( Note – Almost all motherboards these days include an on-board network cards)


Power Supply Unit (PSU)
Power Supply Unit (PSU)

Step 5 – Connecting Power Cable

Start by locating the switch on the power supply and making sure it is in the Off position indicated by the 0. Next plug your power cable into your wall outlet or power bar, and finally connect it to the power supply at the rear of the PC. Now you can push the switch to the On position indicated by the 1.

(**WARNING** – When attaching any power cable to any power supply ALWAYS make sure the switch on the power supply is in the OFF position.)


Congratulations!! Now that our connections have been made your PC is ready to be turned on.