OK, I think I’ve done enough whining about BushCo’s(TM) new war for a bit. Time to talk about something even more important than the fate of the Free World. Namely, my new PC. Anne reminded me that I had promised to provide more of the pics I had taken during assembly and so I should make good on that promise.
Ever wondered what a brand-spankin’ new case fresh out of the shipping box looks like? Well, it looks just like a case that still has bits of plastic on it and little of anything inside of it. Just like this pic. The case came with all 4 of the LED cooling fans pre-mounted and ready for use. They stuffed the neon light kit and the matching blue floppy drive inside the case for shipping as well.
Here’s a shot of all the components laid out on the bed prior to any actual assembly taking place. Going clockwise you can see the case (again), color coordinated floppy drive on the box next to it, PowerColor Radeon 9700 Evil Commando 2 video card (how could I not buy a video card with the word “evil” in the name?), the white foam packing holds the Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM ATA133, the Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard with the package for the Corsair RAM on top of it, the ATA to Serial ATA adapter box, and the package holding the Athlon XP 2500+ processor.
A shot of the Radeon 9700 video card. Note the power connector that’s required to get this beast to function.
Here’s a shot of the Asus motherboard. The killer flash on my cheapie Kodak digital camera once again threatens to wash out the subject of my photos.
Inside of the case. Note how roomy it is. The motherboard pretty much drops right down onto the backplane without the need to remove the side as it’s a big case.
Mother board with the CPU, heatsink/fan and RAM mounted. Ready to be dropped into the case. Note the presence of Rob’s foot in this photo. He considers it the best pic I’ve ever taken of him.
And now we have motherboard successfully mounted in the case. Ready to be hooked up and have additional cards and such plugged in.
Alas my enthusiasm for getting the thing put together overtook my desire to actually document the process and as such we come to this shot of my new machine during the first attempt at powering it up. As you can see, I still need to go through and tie wrap most of the cables back and out of the way.
One last shot of the front, this time without the flash so you can see how the light from the LED fan behind the faceplate actually shines through a bit in the dark. It’s damned nifty!
So, there you have it. The whole process minus the bits I didn’t take pictures of. Click any of the pics for a larger version of whichever pic you happen to be clicking on at the time.