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Assembling and Installation Tip for PSI 996K Cases

Assembling and Installation Tip for PSI 996K Cases

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Taking the Side Covers off and Installing the Case Feet
First, take a screwdriver and remove the six screws on the back of the case. These screws lie on the edge of the case, three on each side. After removing all screws, keep them in a place, which can be easily found so you won't loose them. To take the side covers off, grasp the indentation on one of the side covers, slide it backward a little and swing it off from the top and bottom. Do the same on the other side

The case feet are four little tabs inserted into holes at the bottom of the case. To install them , lay the case on its side and plug each tap in the hole until it clicks into place.

Now let consider all types of screws that come with the case.
1. Chassis Screw - these screws are similar to the ones that you just removed when you took the side cover off. They are also used to tighten down the expansion cards (video card, network card, etc.)
2. Motherboard Screw - this type of screw has flat head and used to fasten the motherboard to the snap-in spacers (which are snapped into the case)
3. Drive Screw - this type of screw also has flat head. They are similar to the motherboard screws but with finer thread. These screws are used to secure all drives (i.e. CD-ROM, Floppy, etc.) to the case.

Installing the Drives:
To install the floppy drive, slide the drive into the top bay of 3.5-inch drive cage. Push the drive to the end and make sure that the drive touches the inside-front of the case. Tighten screws on both sides of the cage to secure the drive to the bay. Test the drive with a floppy disk by inserting and ejecting to see if the drive is aligned properly. Hard drive can be installed into one of the 3.5-inch bays in the same manner as the floppy drive. Alternatively, if you have difficulty installing floppy drive and hard drive while the drive cage is attached to the front of the case, you can take the drive bay off from the case first, then install the drives and later put the whole package back to the case. To take the 3.5 inches drive cage off the case, just remove two screws at the front (one on each side of the cage), and pull the cage backward.

To install CD-ROM drive, reach into the case and push out the top 5.25-inch drive bay faceplate from the front of the case. Once the faceplate is removed, slide the drive in from the front of the case. Screw the drive into the place. Additional drives such as CD-RW or DVD drives can be installed in the same manner.

Installing Motherboard:
A motherboard that can be installed in this case must comply with the ATX standard. Moreover, CPU, heat sink, CPU fan and memory module should be installed into the motherboard prior to this step. To install the motherboard into the case, follow these steps
1. Lay the case on its side. Locate the holes on the case, which match the holes on the motherboard.
2. On the mounting plate of the case, install snap-in spacers on the holes, which line up with holes on the motherboard. The snap-in spacer can be installed by squeezing them through the slots on the mounting plate. Once you release them, they will snap into place.
3. Slide the motherboard into the case. Make sure that all holes on the board line up with the holds on snap-in spacers.
4. Place the provided washers that come with the case over each hold on the motherboard. To mount the board with the case, install the flat-head motherboard screws into each of the spacers underneath, through the board and the washers.
5. Attach expansion cards such as video card and network card by using provided chassis screws. Follow instructions in your motherboard manual for more detail.

Installing Case Fan:
Optionally, to increase circulation of air through the system, the case fan(s) can be installed at the front and the back of the case.
To install the fan at the front, first, locate the plastic fan enclosure, which is attached at the front of the case, just below the 3.5-inch bay. Push down on the top of the fan enclosure to release the two plastic prongs securing the top of enclosure to the case. Swing the enclosure back and forth to release the other two prongs on the side of the enclosure. Once the fan enclosure has been taken off the case, snap the fan into the enclosure. Make sure the fan is set to draw air into the case, not blow out. Reinstall the fan enclosure back to the case by placing the bottom of the fan enclosure first and snapping the top prongs in place.
To install the fan at the back of the case, attach a fan at the grill below the power supply with the four plastic screws provided with the fan. This time, the fan should blow the air out from the case.

Cable Attachments:
To attach following cables, please also refer to the manual of your motherboard and the relevant component.
1. Connect power supply to the motherboard.
2. Connect power supply to every drive. The smaller plug should be connected to floppy drive while the larger plug should be connected to other drives (CD-ROM, DVD, etc.)
3. Connect data cable from each drive to the motherboard.
4. Match case connector wires which are attached to the front of the case to the connector on the motherboard. Each connector is labeled to specify its function. Refer to your motherboard manual for a diagram of the pin arrangement and its location on the board.

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