Before starting, you should technically test your hardware before assembling it. If you have a part that is defective, it is a pain to troubleshoot once its in the system and you'll have to take everything out again. Typically users build a naked system on a test bench or on top of anti static foam or bag. You can run through the guide to figure out how everything plugs up, but for the purpose of this guide, we will dive straight into assembly. Be sure that you are also free of static. If you want to be cautious you can purchase an anti static wrist band, or you can constantly touch the side of your metal case to discharge yourself before touching your hardware. Honestly, you'd have to really rub your feet on carpet for a while to build up static to short something. Not saying its impossible but in most situations its unlikely. If you're not already shocking yourself then you probably don't have to worry, but there are some carpet materials that really generate static electricity on your body.
Step 1: Open your case, analyze and visualize your game plan. Figure out how you want this system to function once you're done. Check to see if there are any cracks or holes you can potentially run cables through for easy cable management.
Step 2: Mount your power supply. There are 4 screws that match up to your power supply. The bracket is designed so that the holes will match with the power supply only 1 way. Follow the picture below and attach your power supply to your case.
- There are a few things to point out:
- Coolermaster has integrated 2 Hotswap bays. This means you can swap in and out your storage that are 3.5inch or 2.5inch ssd or hdd.
They have push button locks for your optical drives
They also have hard drive trays that face the side of the case so you can easily swap storage if necessary. Power and sata cables face the inner side panel so it is not visible from the main panel.IMG_4323.JPG
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Step 3: Mount up your HardDrives (HDD) or Solid State Drives (SSD). Whether you have an HDD or SSD, it should have 2 mounting options. 4 screw points on the bottom, or 4 on the sides.
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- The HAF X has several option for you to mount your drives. The first option is the side tray which can slide out conveniently. It gives you the option of mounting your 3.5inch or 2.5inch storage. If you're using a 3.5inch, you can use the provided clips/pins that lock in the drive. If you're using a 2.5inch, you can attach the bracket to the clips/pins and then secure the drive on the bracket with 4 screws.
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- Then slide your drive back into the side of the case.
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- Plug in your SATA power and SATA data cable. The plugs have a specific L shape that allows them to connect only 1 way. Do not force in the plugs if they do not fit with ease.
- The second option is to use the hot swap bays. This allows for quicker access to swap out your drives without taking your side panel off. Typically this is used for storage. If you decide to use this as your primary drive, be careful not to unplug it, otherwise you wont be able to access your operating system. The bay has bottom mounting points for you to screw in your HDD or SSD.
- When you put your hot swap bays back in, connect your MOLEX power and SATA cables.
- Connect your SATA cable to your motherboard's INTEL SATA 6G port.
Step 4: Install your optical drive: