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Assembling & Installation Tips for PSI 917A

Assembling & Installation Tips for PSI 917A

Contributed by Steve Tsai

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Before You Start:
Read this entire document before you begin, as well as have a copy nearby when you are assembling the case for a quick reference. The only tool you will need is a regular Phillips screwdriver, and maybe a small container to keep the screws in one place. This case comes with an ATX standard power supply, so you will need an ATX motherboard. If you have an AT motherboard, you will have to buy an AT power supply and swap it with the case's ATX power supply (will explain how later in this document) or buy an ATX motherboard. The rest of the equipment you will need for a computer varies for individuals and will not be covered in this document.

Your case should come with the following:
A bag of assorted size metal screws, plastic placers, and red washers.
A box with an alternate peripheral faceplate.
A bag with four case wheels.
A power cord.

Install the Case Wheels (Optional):
This process is not necessary; a computer case does not need wheels to operate. Skip this step if you do not want to mount wheels at this time. You can come back later and mount the wheels even after you build your computer if needed. Take the four case wheels and 16 screws from the bags and place them in an isolated area. Orient the case such that you have full access to the bottom of the case (place the case either sideways or upside-down). Locate the screw holes on the bottom of the case. Take a case wheel and align its four holes with four holes on the case bottom. Take four screws and screw down securely each hole. Repeat the process with the remaining three wheels. Note the switches on each wheel, if you push them back and forth, they lock and unlock the wheels. If you are putting your case on a flat surface, lock the wheels so your case does not roll away.

Open/Close the Case:
Orient the case so that it is vertical, the top is facing up, and the back of the case is facing you. Locate the six screws along the edges of the beige part of the case. Use your Phillips screwdriver and unscrew each of the six screws and place them in your container or somewhere safe (you will need these to put the case back together). Locate the handles on the sidewalls of the case. One side at a time, grab onto the handle and pull back towards you, away from the case. It should slide back about an inch, and then pull it sideways like opening a book. This should come off smoothly, if you find yourself using too much force, stop and try again pulling towards another angle. Move the two sidepieces to the side. To close your case back up, just do the opposite of what you did to open the case.

Install the Motherboard:
Orient the case so that the side plate on the lower half of the case is facing you (the other side should not have a plate and give direct access to the inside of the case). Locate the six screws on the sides of the panel, three on each side. Take your Philips screwdriver, remove these screws and place them in a safe place. Pull out the faceplate, it should fall out smoothly; if not, you probably forgot to unscrew a screw. Lay the faceplate on the floor, but keep the direction of the faceplate the same as it was on the case. Take your motherboard, line it up on the faceplate so the expansion slots are on the bottom of the faceplate and that the holes in the motherboard line up with corresponding holes in the case. Remember the positions of these holes and move your motherboard aside. Take the copper colored screws from the bag and screw them in clockwise into the holes in the case that corresponds with the holes in your motherboard. Place a red washer over each of the screws. Place your motherboard on the faceplate, above the screws. Place red washers over the holes that have screws underneath them. Take screws with round heads and screw them into the copper color screws beneath the motherboard. The red washers are to protect the motherboard from the metal screws, but most motherboards now already protect the areas around the screw holes, so the washers are not really necessary. Do the opposite of what you did to remove the faceplate to put the faceplate back in. Lay the case on its side, the bottom of the faceplate facing down. Take the power supply ATX connector (it's the long plastic connecter coming from the power supply) and insert it into the power supply connector on the motherboard (refer to the motherboard manual if you can not locate it). You will now need to attach the led and switch connectors. Use your motherboard manual to locate where they connect. The connectors from the case are clearly labeled.

Install the Drives:
Place your drives into the drive bays of equal size, line up the screw holes in the drives with the slits in the drive bays, take screws and screw them in. Notice the connectors coming from the power supply. Besides the connection you used to connect to your motherboard, there are connectors of two different sizes; the two small ones are for floppy drives. The four larger ones are for all other drives. Find the slots on the drives that have equal size of these connectors and connect them. If you are not sure where these are, refer to the drive manuals. The connectors only fit in one direction, so if it does not fit with a moderate amount of force, flip the connector upside down.

The power supply on this case is easily interchangeable with another power supplies by just removing the four screws on the back of the case holding the power supply in place. This case also comes with three areas for adding case fans to increase airflow inside your case. The most common location of a case fan for a tower is on the bottom of the front side of the case. To remove the fan guard, just press down on each of the four latches in the corners holding it in place. Take your fan (can be bought at almost any electronics store) and screw it in place, then place the fan guard back but inserting the latches into the holes. For a fan in the front, it is wise to have your fan blowing in because the airflow at the front of the case is cooler than the back of the case. For fans in the back, it is wise to have your fans blow out. But fans can blow any way you want by just flipping them around.

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