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Enermax CS-528 Series Assembly Instructions

Enermax CS-528 Series Assembly Instructions

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 1. Static electricity can damage computer components. Always ensure that you are grounded before handling or touching components. Use of an anti-static wrist strap is recommended.

 2. To avoid the risk of electrical shock, always unplug the computer before handling any computer components.

Open the Case:
Remove the three screws securing the left side panel. Pull the left side panel towards the back of the case. Lift the back of the panel and remove it from the case. Repeat this procedure to remove the right side panel from the case.

Remove the retaining screw securing the motherboard tray. Slide the motherboard tray towards the front of the computer. Pulling from the top, remove the motherboard tray from the right side of the case.

Open the Drive Bays:
Remove the topmost drive bay plate by reaching inside the case and gently pushing the retaining clips in and forward.

Remove the drive bay plates from the front of the case. Behind some of the drive bay plates will be a metal drive bay plate. This must be removed to install components in the drive bay. Use a screwdriver to rock the RF plate back and forth until it breaks free from the case.

Mount Drives in the Drive Bays:
Mount external components from the front of the case. Slide the component in until flush with the front panel. Attach the drive to the case with two screws on each side of the component.

Mount hard drives and other internal components by sliding them in place from the rear of the drive bay. Use four screws to secure the drive in place.

Case fan may be added to aid in cooling. Secure 80 mm fans to the fan mounts with four screws.

Attach the Motherboard:
Lay the motherboard on the motherboard tray. Align the holes in the motherboard with mounting holes on the motherboard tray. Remove the motherboard and screw a brass standoff into each of the selected mounting holes on the motherboard tray.

Lay the motherboard onto the standoffs and thread screws into the standoffs to attach the motherboard.

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

Plug the labeled connectors from the front case panel into the motherboard. Refer to you motherboard manual for correct placement and orientation.

Connect Power and Data Cables:
Connect the power supply and data cables to the motherboard, optical drives, hard disks, fans, and other components. Refer to component manuals for the correct orientation of power connectors and data cables.

Install the Motherboard Tray and Motherboard Into the Case:
Insert the bottom edge of the motherboard tray into the case. Swing the tray upward into the case. Lock the motherboard tray in place by sliding the entire assembly towards the rear of the case.

Secure the motherboard tray to the case with one screw. Ensure that the motherboard I/O ports fit through the I/O plate. Replace the right side case panel.

Insert Expansion Cards:
Lay the case on its side. As necessary, remove expansion slot covers by pushing them through from inside of the case. Install the expansion cards into the motherboard according to you motherboard manual. Secure expansion cards to the case with a screw.

Finishing Up:
Complete any remaining connections. Verify the correct placement and orientation of all connectors. Look for any loose wires or screws.

It is recommended that case fans be installed. Secure fans to the fan mounts and connect them to the power supply.

Verify the system works. Attach the monitor. Plug the power cord into the power supply and a grounded electrical socket. Turn the computer on and ensure 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. Verify that there are no loose or pinched wires. Arrange the cables such that they do not restrict airflow through the case.

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