Now we get to install the motherboard. Our test system is an Intel P4 3.4GHz Prescott with an Intel 915PBL motherboard. We also have 4 80GB Maxtor SATA drives and a Sony CD-RW/DVD combo drive.
Everything went in without a hitch. Notice the massive 92mm fan that the new P4 stock heatsink comes with.
Here's where things get a bit tricky. The unfortunate part of having all of those cool jacks on front is that they all have to plug in somewhere. So grab yourself a beer (or soda if you're under 21) and set aside a few hours.
By far, the worst one is the firewire jack. The case has separate jacks for all of the wires. If that wasn't bad enough, Intel and YeongYang seem to have different terminology when it comes to all of the connections. The sticker on the wires listed items that the Intel documentation does not refer too, and the Intel documentation refers to items not listed on the wires. Finally, I figured out that the front panel connectors included with the Intel board had the same color scheme with the wires. I was then able to extrapolate which wires went where. Even then it took me quite awhile to plug the individual wires in. It seemed like every time I would get one connected, I would pull two more out.
By this time, I was well into my third beer (remember, if you are under 21, you are drinking soda) and my eighth or so round of Enemy Territory to burn off my frustrations. I had also read and reread all of the material that came with the motherboard until I lost count. Of course, the case came with no documentation on the front panel, and the stickers on the wires just got in the way.
Once I figured out that all of Intel's connectors used the same color scheme for wires, I was able to hook everything else up with less trouble. The audio connections still were a hassle because they used the same single wire connections the firewire ports did, but by this time, I had gotten the hang of it.
One really nice thing about the power and hard drive LED connectors was that they listed the positive and negative sides. The Intel motherboard also listed the same information, so I was not stuck with a 50/50 shot at getting it right.
Of course, once you get everything connected, you have a bit of a wire mess.
A few zip ties quickly solved that problem.