Our next step is to finally put a system into our LAN Box. No point in creating this monstrosity without utilizing it with affordable components. We will be putting in our test rig, which has been beaten on so severely by our numerous tests. It can rest for a good amount of time inside this new home, until we decide to rip it apart again!
Here is our case with everything cabled and ready to go. We will be putting in our test rig, which consists of:
IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard
AMD Thunderbird 800 @ 1.03Ghz (TR SK-6 Cooler used)
Tonicom PC166 128mb Ram
eVGA GF2MX 32mb Video Card
Yamaha PCI Sound Card
SMC 1211 10/100 PCI Ethernet Card
IBM 20GB ata/66 Hard Drive
Samsung 8X8X4X32 DVD/CD-RW Drive
250W PSU (yea, its whimpy but it works!)
We first start off by installing our motherboard. The case stand offs were already assembled, with all the holes aligned correctly. Five screws later and our MB was all set to accept its' components.
Our next step includes installing all the component cards. The case uses thumb screws, so having a screw driver doesn't help too much in this area.
One of the bad parts about the case is the inverted PSU. It blocks the cpu entirely, so if you ever do want to upgrade or rip stuff out, you're going to have to remove the PSU before anything can happen. We installed this last after we had our motherboard and the other components in place.
Our next stop is the floppy drive. The front bezel of the case needs to be removed first to get access to the 3 1/2" and the 5 1/4" drive bays. We did it first because it seemed easy : ) The 3 1/2" drive bays are detachable by three thumb screws. Nothing to it, threw our floppy drive in and pushed it right back. Took less than 2 minutes.
Here is the picture from before, in this one we installed our DVD/CD-RW combo drive from Samsung. Four screws and the unit was in the bay. Just like the floppy, nothing to it.
After screwing in all the necessary screws, we re-applied the front bezel to make sure everything fit correctly. Seems ok to us, so we went ahead and put in the last component of our system, the hard drive.
The hard drive sits in a detachable bay also, but it was easily accessible so we left it as is and installed it. It is situated in front of the two front intake fans. The two fans serve as an intake and also as a hard drive cooler.
After a few minutes of wiring it all together, we got our LAN Box complete! Moved the Liquid Neon Tube back in, and we are set to roll. You may notice that the CompuNurse Temperature Probe is sticking out. We'll show you how to mount that on the front bay in the near future. We are also using some machine rounded cables, a nice touch in finishing up our project. And yes, that is a 25lb bag of rice in the background, as in, I'm ricing my box. That's right.
There you go! For the doubters who didn't believe that the handle could hold up all that weight, I'm proving you wrong! Holds it up just fine and it is light!