Install the optical drive(s), then the PSU. Next, install the hard drive(s). Place locking rails on the hard drive, then slide it into the bay until it snaps in. At this time, I removed the PCI bracket for the CCFLs, so it wouldn't be in the way when installing the motherboard.
Then install the motherboard. Make sure you installed the I/O panel before screwing the motherboard in. I usually don't tighten the screws until all of them are in place. Install the video card next, along with any other PCI cards you may use. If you removed the switch for the CCFLs, replace it now.
Connect the power cables and data cables. Double-check to make sure you connected power to your video card (if applicable) and your 12vATX to the motherboard. I'll clean up the CCFL wiring later.
Finally, I replace the fan rail. As I knew it would be, it makes things very crowded in the case, but this time, it will fit. The position that the top fan was put in at the manufacturer will work just fine. It took a little care to get it past the heatpipe coolers on my memory, but no problem. I guess that the only issue with placing the rail was that I was able to only use one screw on the bottom, due to the front-most position I chose for the rail. That, and the fact that once again, I had to bend the foot slightly to replace the screw. The rail is a little crooked in the photo, but that was corrected by using only one screw.
I will say this, using the 3D fans is more for a "build-it-and-leave-it" rig. I am constantly fishing around in my rig for some reason, and using a fan here makes it pretty hard to get to much of anything in the front of the rig now. That is probably for the best.maybe it will ensure that I turn the rig off before entering. I have screwed something up more than once by entering my hands into the rig while it was still running. Double- and triple- check that nothing will interfere with the fan while it is running.
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