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Assembly Tips

It’s better to start to assemble the system with 5.25” devices. You’ll have to turn the system case around a little to do that, so it’s better if it is as light as possible. The designers abandoned all ergonomic considerations here. You first have to remove the front-panel frame that is secured with four screws like this one:

They are rather inconveniently placed, making you use a long screwdriver. The screw has some kind of a rail that prevents it from skewing. With the frame removed, the front panel looks like this:

But that’s not all. After you have removed the frame, you have to unscrew the drive’s faceplate, too. This faceplate is secured with screws from the inside.

Next you should install the drive without fastening it. Then put the faceplate back in place, press the drive against it and fasten the screws. Yes, this is no screw-less fastening! And I guess it is right because this Lian Li is not a mass product for system integrators. Moreover, it is a pure pleasure to assemble your computer in such a system case notwithstanding the screws. It is designed so rightly that the lack of any plastic locks counts as an advantage. As a result, I’ve got the following:

Included with the system case are cable braces that can be attached anywhere inside and a special screwdriver to fasten the mainboard’s installation posts.

You also get a few adapters to connect fans:

This is in case the mainboard doesn’t offer enough fan connectors. I guess this is a fantastic situation, though. This system case will certainly accommodate a top-end mainboard, and latest samples of such mainboards offer at least half a dozen of fan connectors.

 
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