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System Builder Marathon, May '09: $600 Gaming PC
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Working in the SG01-F case was surprisingly simple even with this editor’s somewhat big hands. Prepping the case was as easy as removing the top cover and exhaust fan bracket. All motherboard standoffs were in place except for one, and with the Asrock-supplied I/O shield snapped into place, it was soon time to prepare the motherboard.

After installing the processor, boxed cooler, and RAM, the motherboard was ready to be mounted into the case. Removable trays made installing the hard drive a simple task. Those using DDR2-1066 should adjust the FSB jumpers at this time or the memory will only be able to run DDR2-667 or DDR2-800. A close-up picture of these jumpers can be viewed later on in the overclocking section.

With the motherboard and hard drive installed, it was then time to install the graphics card and see if there would be any clearance issues. With the motherboard and hard drive installed, it was then time to install the graphics card and see if there would be any clearance issues.

If a graphics card longer than 9.6” is installed in the first expansion slot, modifications need to be made to the case. Removing the side intake fan or replacing it with a thinner fan allows the hard drive cage to be slid farther away from the first expansion slot.

For this build, none of this was a concern, as the ASRock G41M-LE uses the second expansion slot for the graphics card, leaving plenty of clearance between the 10.5”-long GTX 260 and the hard disk drive.

Hooking up the individual front audio connectors was one of the biggest challenges with this system, as the SilverStone documentation did not match the individual connector labels. We’d have to imagine this has been a great source of frustration for many novice system builders. The audio cable didn’t leave much length to spare, while the other front-panel cables left many spare inches to tuck away.

After installing the PSU and DVD burner, it was time to connect the power and data cables, test the machine out, and put those cable-management skills to work.

With the exhaust fan bracket and top cover reinstalled it was time to enter the BIOS and get our OS installed. With the exhaust fan bracket and top cover reinstalled it was time to enter the BIOS and get our OS installed.

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