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Enermax CS-5171BFS Mid-Tower Assembly Instructions

Enermax CS-5171BFS Mid-Tower Assembly Instructions

Contributed by Vivek Kumar

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 1. Static electricity may damage computer components! Be sure you are grounded before handling components. A grounded wrist strap is recommended.

 2. To avoid the risk of electrical shock, always have your computer unplugged when handling computer components.

Open the Case:
Stand the case upright. Remove the four thumbscrews retaining the two side panels. Then holding the indent on the left side panel, pull it backwards (about one-half inch) until it disengages from the case. Stand the case upright and use the same process to remove the right side panel.

Put the Case Standoffs:
Lay the case on its right side so that it's lower side is accessible. Put the plastic standoffs in the four holes provided for the purpose. Then secure it with the plastic plugs.

Put the correct I/O Panel:
Compare the motherboard I/O ports to the I/O panel supplied with the case and decide if it will fit. To remove the I/O panel, push it inwards from outside until it pops loose. CAREFUL: The I/O panel is sharp and may cut your hand! Put the I/O panel from inside; align it and push it outwards in the space until it clicks in position. If necessary, use a small screwdriver to open the optional punchouts on the I/O panel.

Mount the Motherboard:
Lay the motherboard on the motherboard rack to identify which mounting holes to use. Remove the motherboard and screw a brass standoff into each selected mounting hole.

Lay the motherboard onto the standoffs and thread screws (the fine threaded screws) into the standoffs to attach the motherboard.

Add the CPU, CPU cooler and memory to the motherboard (Refer to the motherboard manual for correct procedures)

Add Fans (Optional):
Fans can be added to the case to aid in cooling. Two 80 mm fans can be added to the rear of the case by using screws. One 80 mm fan can be mounted on the ceiling of the case. One 80 mm, 90 mm or 120 mm fan can be mounted in the front fan slot. Fans are normally oriented to blow in from the front and out to the back and top.

Open the Drive Bays:
Slide down the front panel to expose as many 5.25-inch drive bays as need. Select a bay for each external component such as a CD drive or DVD drive.
For each bay selected, remove the RF shield panel by inserting a screwdriver into the slots and rocking up and down to break off the shield. (Note: The topmost shield is already removed).

Reach inside the case and remove the 3.5-inch drive bay cover by pushing it outward.

Mount Drives in the Drive Bays:
Mount external components from the front of the case. Slide the component in until flush with the front panel. Attach the drive in place by using two screws on each side. Some drives may use four screws from each side.

Mount internal components such as hard drives by sliding them into place from the rear of the drive bay using four screws to hold each component in place.

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Connect Power and Data Cables:
Plug the system panel connectors into the motherboard. A pointer marks pin one of each connector (Refer to the motherboard manual for correct placement and pin one orientation).

Similarly connect the internal case speaker (on the floor of the case) to the motherboard.

Plug the front panel USB 2.0, Audio in/out and IEEE Firewire connectors in the motherboard (Refer to the motherboard manual for correct placement).

Connect the various drives and chassis fans to the motherboard according to the motherboard manual. Connect the neon light power cable to the 4-pin power supply cable.

Plug in the various power supply cables to the motherboard (refer to motherboard manual), and the drives. Route the cables so as to minimize cluttering and maximizing airflow inside the case.

Insert Expansion Cards:
Lay the case gently on its right side. Using a screwdriver, punch out the I/O slot covers from inside. CAREFUL: The I/O slot covers are sharp and may cut your hand! Insert the expansion cards into the motherboard slots, and lock down the cards using screws threaded into the case. Note: You may need to change the slot position of the select switch for the sound sensitive neon light.

Close the case:
Align the right side panel to the openings in the lower side of chassis and close it. Then slide it in forward director until it latches in position. Connect the side panel fan power cable to the 4-pin power supply cable. Then use the above process to put the left side panel. Secure the side panels using the thumbscrews.

Secure the Case (optional):
If desired, the case can be secured from unauthorized access. Lock the left side panel using the locking screw.

Finishing Up:
Connect the monitor, mouse, keyboard and all other peripherals to the I/O connector.

Make sure that power supply voltage selector is set on correct voltage. Use a flat-head screwdriver to change it if needed. Plug in the mains power supply cable provided.

Turn the computer on and verify that the system works. Check to ensure that the CPU cooler and other fans are working. Verify that the computer will boot successfully.

Clean up the case. Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord. Look through the case to ensure that there are no loose parts or pinched wires. Arrange the cables to ensure adequate airflow to the CPU. Wire ties can be used to help hold cables in place.

The neon light switch on the expansion slot toggles between sound-activated neon light & always ON positions.

 Important Note!

 Some motherboards might not use all the power supply cables. Some will not operate unless at least one drive is also plugged in because they require a minimum load to operate.

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