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Onward is where we are heading! We are getting close to being able to call this project a Build your own cpu, which then becomes one of those greatest Chassis_desktop computers with all of the components you desire. One and most important aspect of building your own cpu is you get to put it together according to your specifications. I am saying that because when you purchase these all really built there are always something you like about it, however, and there are always something that is a dislike to you. Okay, let’s get this system rocking so we can fire her up!
- Install your SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) hard drive where indicated in the image below. Note: This chassis is built with some side bays at the bottom, therefore that is the only reason we installed it down there. Using the hardware that either comes with the hard drive or the ones that come with the chassis. Whichever ones fit the best, do not over tighten them because you will strip them out, then you will not be able to hold them in place properly. If your chassis doesn’t come with the bottom bays than installing it in the top bays in one of the slots that are custom fit to a 3.5″ drive. Also note that the floppy drive is also a 3.5″ drive and has an opening for the face of it, therefore that needs to be put in its correct slot as well. The hard drive doesn’t require an opening.
- You might want to plug in the SATA cables in prior to putting the screws in so that you have a little extra room to play with. There are two cables, one will be coming from the power supply and has a notch for a polarity and only goes in one way, and the other SATA cable should have come with the motherboard and will be installing the same way only that one needs to be coming from the motherboard to the hard drive.
- Install the floppy drive into chassis bay as indicated in the image below, using the hardware that is supplied with the chassis or the floppy drive. Note: The floppy drives are not the same type of cable, these are called ribbon IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics Attachment) cables and are supplied with the motherboard as well. Also Note: there maybe two IDE cables that might come with the motherboard so make sure you use the one that’s labeled floppy drive. Plug in the floppy drive cable into the floppy drive and the other end into the motherboard. Note: These cables also have a polarity and one pin has been filled and should have an arrow type markings on them for polarity, these should only go in one way also. One side of the ribbon cable will also be red, line the red side as pin1.
- Take the power cable coming from the power supply and plug it into the floppy drive. Once again this has a polarity as well and should only plug in one way. The image below has two cables showing, use the 4 pin cable. These have like fins on the sides and I do believe it will be showing fin side up. Other words when you slide it on the fins will be facing up.
- Install DVD burner into the chassis bay as indicated in the image below, I do believe the chassis has like five bays and of course some of them are for 3.5″ bays and some will have the 5.25″ bays which are for like DVD cd ROM drives and others are for more of the same size and for just the plain cd ROM drives. To install the drive you will have to remove the outer face plate from the chassis. Then just slide the DVD drive through the front of the chassis. Use the hardware from the either the chassis or if one was provided from cd drive. Plug in SATA cable and the pwr. cable onto the back of the DVD drive, and then take the other end and plug it into the motherboard.
- Install the Video Card into the motherboard per the image below. You will have to line the gold fingers up on the video card with the socket on the motherboard, where it is labeled #6 with the bracket facing out to the outside of the chassis. Once you got it lined up to put the same pressure on both ends of the video card and push down until it is seated flush to the motherboard. Take a Philips screw and tighten up. Remember not to tighten too hard. Just snug it. There is pwr. plugs coming from the power supply labeled PCI-e (PCI Express Video Card Power Adapter), Plug that in the back of the video card. Note: Not all Video Cards have this option.
- The connectors listed above are the ones that are going to be used to Plug into your monitor. Which are for a DVI Monitor, not the VGA Monitor.
- Take small bundles of the wires and tie them neatly, so they don’t hit any fans or get in the way of any other components.
- Slide the door from the back of the cpu to the front on the rail, put the two large screws in and hand tighten.