This specific computer was designed around Folding@Home and gaming as well as just having a powerful system for new software and things to come.
Step 1: Step 1: Remove Side Panels on Case
Included were standoffs for mounting the motherboard, following the included template, thread into the corresponding holes in the case.
Step 2: Step 2: Insert Motherboard
Before setting the board in, the I/O panel faceplate needs to be snapped into the location in the back of the case. Be sure to orient it to the board.
Once the board is resting in the case, line up the first hole, I suggest a corner. Do not tighten all the way down until all screws are started so that the others will line up.
After all are in and tightened, there should be little or no deflection of the board if you gently press on it. It is advisable that any place there is a mounting location for the board, that it is screwed into a standoff. This will provide support while installing the components into the motherboard.
This case has a cutout for access to the back of the motherboard for the massive CPU coolers that have brackets that attach to the back of the board.
Step 3: Step 3: Check Clearances
Step 4: Step 4: Front Panel Connections
Step 5: Step 5: Install Power Supply
The second picture shows all of the cables that my computer needs to function properly.
Not pictured, below the supply there is a hole with filter for the power supply to circulate air independent of the case fans.
Step 6: Step 6: Power Motherboard
Step 7: Step 7: Installing Optical Drive
The second picture shows the tool-less design of the case to hold the drive in place.
Step 8: Step 8: Installing the Hard Drives
Picture 2 shows the location for the drives in the case, this model has a cross mounted design, others might have them in the same direction as the optical drive installed previously.
Picture 3 is an example of possible tool-less drive mounting hardware, this clips allow the drive to be just slid in and lock into place.
Picture 4 depicts the drives installed and spaced out for air flow. This is very important to extend the lifespan of the drive, key when you are making a long term investment or run your computer continuously.
Picture 5 shows the back of the drives where the connections for power and signal are made.
Picture 6 shows the cables attached.
Step 9: Step 9: Connect Cables
Step 10: Step 10: Install RAM
The slots are keyed as are the RAM sticks, so make sure the notch is lined up. Even correctly lined up it will take considerable force, this is where having those standoffs in the correct spots pays off. Having done this for several computers, I still get uneasy pushing so hard on electronics.
You will know when they are set firmly as the locking tabs will snap into place and hold the RAM firmly in the slot.
Step 11: Step 11: Install Graphics Card and Expansion Cards
With some high performance cards, additional power cables might need to be installed. The manual for the card should tell you how many cables are needed. In my case it is a 6-pin and an 8-pin.
After that is in place and secured with screws in place (a time where tool-less is not enough), the network card and audio card for the computer are connected into the slots below the graphics card.
Step 12: Step 12: Cable Management
Small steps taken through out the process of installing the components can pay of huge at this point by not needing to re-run the cables around brackets or through holes in the frame. Some of the management was done out of the box for this model being that the front panel and fan cables were already secured ahead of time. Another thing to think of is that the back panel does not leave a large space if you have several cables running over the top of others.
A few trial and error steps later this will look and perform with ease. Also, it is a nice point to brag once you call up your friends to show off the system you assembled with your own hands.
This step is also when fans and lights can be connected.
Step 13: Final Product
With the job complete it is time to fire it up and enjoy your creation. From here you can add your operating system and software as you see fit.
Hope this helps you. Leave a comment if there are questions you still have that were not covered.