We have to install the processor and memory next to have a working computer. The memory installation is a simple, half-a-minute-long procedure, while the CPU installation demands that you take a screwdriver in your hands:
The compact boxed cooler is fastened in the same way as in server systems: it is attached to the case rather than to the mainboard and has springs on its screws so that you didn’t fasten it stronger than is necessary.
There’s a layer of thermal paste on the heatsink’s base:
The copper spot in the center is polished quite well:
It’s not a perfect mirror, but we could give it 4 points out of 5.
You have to press down on the cooler rather hard during the installation: you can’t turn two screws around at the same time if you don’t have a third hand, while the springs in the screws are very tight. So, you should tighten two diagonal screws, release the cooler from your hand and fasten the rest of the screws normally. The last touch to the assembly process is putting the PCI slots block in:
As you can see, there’s enough space for PCI cards. You are not practically limited in your choice of expansion cards. After the stiffness rib is put back in place, you can put the panel back and announce the system assembled. It hasn’t changed much externally – the optical drive is the only new outward feature: