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Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box

System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $600 Gaming PC

Given that this is the fourth time we've used Xigmatek's Asgard II in the System Builder Marathon, I consider myself fairly well versed at working around inside of the case. The notes I jotted down from March of 2011 and December of the same year still apply, in case you want to know more.

Unlike those previous builds involving the Asgard II, however, which all went smoothly, one potentially serious issue cropped up this time: only one of the four pre-drilled power supply mounting holes were usable. Swapping in two other power supplies confirmed that the issue was mostly Xigmatek’s fault. At best, two of the mounting holes would take a screw.

The problem seems to stem from the the sheet metal folds above the I/O shield, which function as support for the power supply. By simply expanding three of the enclosure’s screw holes by 1-2 mm with a rotary tool, the problem was quickly worked around. The fix was easy, but Xigmatek's issue is potentially progress-halting if you don't have the right tool.

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