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PSI 002K-300 Assembly Instructions

PSI 002K-300 Assembly Instructions

Contributed by Douglas Mosman

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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:
Removing the rear retaining screws and pull firmly back on the left side panel until it pops open (approximately ½ inch). Remove the right side panel the same way.

Note: Be careful to avoid crushing the I/O panel when removing the right side panel.

Unscrew the rear retaining screw and pull forward on the motherboard tray to free the retaining tabs. Tip the tray outwards and down to remove it from the case.

Remove the 3½-inch drive cage by taking out the two retaining screws and sliding it back off the hanging clips.

Add Fans (Optional):
Fans can be added to the case to aid in cooling. To add a front fan, remove the front fan mount, insert an 80mm fan and replace the mount.

One 80mm fan can be added to the rear of the case by using screws. Fans are normally oriented to blow in from the front and out to the back.

Mount the CD/DVD Player:
Remove the topmost drive bay plate by reaching into the case and gently pushing the plate outwards. Insert the CD player from the front, sliding it into the case until flush. Use two screws on each side to lock the player in place.

Important: Be sure to use the correct screws. Some components require m3 threads while others use 6-32 threading.

Mount Drives in the Drive Cage: Mount the floppy drive in the second slot of the drive cage. Use only the two back screws and leave them loose for now.

Add the hard drive to the bottom slot of the cage. Be sure that the front of the hard drive does not protrude from the front of the drive cage. Use four screws to secure the hard drive.

Replace the drive cage in the case. Begin by temporarily moving the floppy drives all the way forward in the cage. Next, insert the floppy drive through the hole in the front of the case. Then push the drive cage forward onto its hanging clips, allowing the floppy drive to slide backward into position. Replace the drive cage retaining screws.

The floppy drive should be all the way forward against the floppy drive slot in the front bezel. Check that a floppy can be inserted and removed through the bezel. Screw the two front screws into the floppy drive to lock it into position.

Attach the Motherboard:
Add the CPU, CPU cooler and memory to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual for correct procedures.

Test fit the motherboard to the motherboard tray to identify which mounting holes to use. Remove the motherboard and insert a standoff clip into each selected mounting hole. Then lay the motherboard onto the standoffs and use size 6-32 screws to attach the motherboard to the tray.

Replace the Motherboard Tray:
Insert the motherboard tray back into the clips in the bottom of the case and swing it upright. Slide the tray toward the rear of the case to engage the top tray tabs with the notches in the case. Replace the tray retention screw to lock the tray in place.

Note: While sliding the tray rearwards, be sure that the I/O ports on the motherboard fit through the holes in the I/O plate. Replace the right side case panel by placing the four top and bottom clips into the corresponding slots in the frame and then sliding the panel forward. Replace the two retaining screws.

Connect Power and Data Cables: Lay the case gently on its right side. Attach the connectors from the front case panel to the motherboard. Plug the power supply connectors into the fans and drive components. Connect the data cables (ribbon cables) to the motherboard and drives. Attach the power supply cable to the power connector on the motherboard.

Note: Refer to the motherboard manual for correct placement and orientation of cables and connectors.

Many newer power supplies must be plugged into the motherboard to be turned on. Some will not operate unless at least one drive is also plugged in because they require a minimum load to operate.

Insert Expansion Cards:
Determine which expansion slots will be used. Remove the slot covers by gently pushing them out from the inside of the case (save the slot covers in case needed in the future). Insert the expansion cards into the motherboard slots. Lock down the cards using size 6-32 screws threaded into the case.

Finishing Up:
Test the system by attaching the monitor and power cord and turning on the computer. 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. Check for any loose parts or pinched wires. Arrange the cables to ensure adequate airflow to the CPU. Add the case feet and finish by replacing the left side panel.

Additional Hints: To use the AT I/O panel, push the ATX I/O panel out from inside the case. Place the AT panel against the inside of the case and use two screws to hold it in place.

To attach the case connectors, note that each connector is identified with a label. In addition, on the other side, the connector has an arrow to indicate pin 1. Refer to the motherboard manual for the orientation of pin 1.

To assist in organizing the case, wire ties can be used to help hold cables in place.

To access additional drive bays, remove the drive bay panels from the front. Then remove the RF shields by inserting a screwdriver in the notch and rocking it up and down.

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