STEP 2: INSTALL THE POWER SUPPLY
Once the case is built, it’s time to install the power supply. If the supply is already incor- porated into the case, you’re in luck. Otherwise, you’ll need to mount the supply in thecase. Be sure that the ac line-cord connection, the fuse (or circuit breaker) access, the acvoltage (120/220 Vac) selector switch, and the power on/off switch are all readily accessi- ble. Also check to see that the power-supply mounting holes line up with the holes in thecase (hopefully, you did that before you bought the supply).
Presetting the supply
Before you go any farther, pre-configure your power supplyand be sure that it is receiving power properly:
Check to be sure that the ac voltage selector switch (120/220 Vac) is set in the proper position. In the U.S., the switch should be set to 120 Vac. In Europe, the switch is typ-ically set to 220 Vac.
Check the power switch and see that it is turned off.
Connect the ac line cord to the supply, then plug the supply in to an ac outlet.
Turn the power supply on. The cooling fan should start and run quietly. If it doesn’t,recheck the ac voltage selector and ac line-cord installation. If problems persist, try anew power supply.
Once you confirm that the power-supply fan is running, turn off the supply and unplugit from the ac outlet.
Assembling the “Main Board”
Now that the case and power supply are assembled, you’ll need to install the motherboard and its support components, such as the CPU, RAM, and cache.
STEP 3: MOTHERBOARD INSTALLATION
At this point, your case is ready to accept the motherboard, as well as supplemental de-vices, such as the CPU, RAM, and cache. Remember to use good static precautions to pre-vent accidental damage to the motherboard’s sensitive electronics. Keep the motherboard in its protective anti-static packaging until you are just ready to bolt it into place. The ac-tual physical installation is quite straightforward, but subsequent sections will offer addi-tional installation details:
Place small, non-conductive plastic washers on each of the metal standoffs (Fig. 60-1)— this prevents the standoffs from shorting out the motherboard wiring and causing sys-tem problems. Remember that your washers must be as thin as possible. Otherwise,your expansion bus slots will sit a bit too high and you won’t be able to bolt expansion boards to the chassis securely.
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Be sure to use the right screws when bolting the supply into place—if the screws are toolong, they might damage wiring or crack a circuit board in the supply.