56. Modvengers Assemble - Starting to Put It All Back Together
Now pay close attention cause this is where it gets... ah complicated.
Let's start with "what do we have to work with" here:
Above you will find (L-R): Back side-panel with wiring bumpout, upper wire-management panel with passthrough holes, case top panel, bottom wire-management panel with passthrough holes, front side-panel with window. And in the foreground, lying flat, is the front bezel. And of course the nifty logo stuck up above the top panel.
Wait... aren't we missing something? Oh yeah... the frame!
Let's get busy!
I started by permanently mounting the LED strip inside the mobo tray brace. It just fits so perfectly there, I can't not install it there.
As you can see, it was a bit long, so I bent it and ran it along the back of the case just above where the PSU will go.
Then I installed the lower wire-management panel:
And here's a look at the back with the wire-management panel installed:
I don't know i t yet, but I just goofed. Oh yeah... you'll see in a bit.
Regardless, next I installed the rear 120mm Yate Loon fan, because it would be easier to get the wire through that passthrough hole if I did it before installing the PSU:
And then the PSU goes in:
And the PSU wiring through the panel passthrough:
Now the upper wire-management panel:
Shall we take stock for a moment? Front view:
And rear view:
Ohhhh yeah baby.....
I added a dab of hot glue to ensure the top wire-management panel and the mobo tray were fixed together:
And started feeding the front fan wires through:
And installing the front fans, when I discovered my big fat mistake.
With the wire-management panels in place, I can't get my fat fingers behind the fans to pop those silicone fan mounts through. After about 30 minutes of effort with every tool I had on hand, and sufficient cursing, I was forced to call it an evening. I got two choices. Remove the wire management panels, which would require removing the PSU, feeding the wiring back through, and ungluing the top panel from the mobo tray... or buying a set of bent needle-nose pliers like these:
Sorry guys, I had to stop here and go buy a pair of bent needle-nose pliers to install the stupid front fans.