“Wire” is a Funny Word in the South
I’ll spare you the boredom of installing motherboard headers. If you’re following these steps, it’s doubtless that you’ve suffered through the miniature hell that is comprised of front panel connectors. Always check the +/- orientation for the LEDs; if you don’t do this, your activity lights won’t work correctly.
Also, I realize I pointed this out on the previous page, but make absolutely certain you install the components in the order of: motherboard, hard disk, optical drive. Here’s what it’ll look like with all three installed and cabling completed:
I have a few more pictures, but I think there are a few noteworthy issues with this particular motherboard that should be briefly discussed before we finish up. First, there are two USB headers (internal) for front panel use. This would ordinarily give you a total of 4 front panel USB connectors but most cases only provide two. Naturally, this means you’re only going to be using one of the headers. Unfortunately, the USB1 header is located right against a capacitor and the PCI slot. The picture above isn’t a very good one, and I don’t have a great shot of the header in question. So, let’s resort to one of my prior shots of the motherboard:
USB2 is actually located much farther away from the PCI slot than this image suggests. The yellow header to USB2’s right is the HD audio front panel header (I had no issues with it). USB1 is located IMMEDIATELY behind the PCI connector somewhere inside the superimposed orange square. If you can see the top of the blue capacitor in USB2’s box you can roughly estimate the location of USB1 by simply moving a couple of millimeters to the right.
Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a problem, but I had to reroute some wiring and removing the front panel USB header from USB1 was a total pain in the neck. There isn’t any room to get your fingers around either side of the connector, and I’m really glad I didn’t slide it in all the way. I would’ve never gotten it out. Intel deserves a slight smack on the wrist for this.
Next up, here’s a shot of the hard drive mount point. It’s located in a slightly recessed tray directly beneath the optical drive and about an inch and a half above the PSU.
It’s a tight fit. Here’s a shot of the connector side of both the optical drive and the hard disk:
Since you’ll be reinstalling the PSU, there’s on minor detail that you don’t want to forget:
See that dangling cable? The PSU must be plugged in inside the case, too.
With that, we’ll reinstall the case cover and take a look at the finished product. There’s one other modification I had to make.