MORE PARTS PENDING

More parts are expected to arrive soon. Once they are all installed, the machine will be ready for gaming for at least a few years.

To manage cables its best to remove both side panels. The front panel can be removed as well which is desirable when peripherals need cable management. With the chassis fully opened, it’s at its best for cable positioning with complete access to all functions.

It’s also a good idea to check to be sure the motherboard is secure. Many use just a few screws when the ATX motherboard has 9 holes to secure it.

A replacement front panel unit will be installed so that the USB ports will all be operational. The MSI X470 and X570 motherboards have dual USB 3.0 headers which can be leveraged. To make it easier to work with, the front cables should be zip-tied into a bundle so that they do not get tangled.

The small cables for the front panel switches etc should be managed carefully so that they wires do not get damaged.

New red LED fans for the front and rear are intended to add some light to the inside of the SPEC-01 machine. Fan cables tend to be too short which makes them harder to install. The MSI X470 Gaming Plus has three fan headers along the bottom edge. There are fan extension cables available if needed.

Black SATA cables are being used so that they are more low profile. It’s a good idea to zip-tie a full set as a group so that they remain in place when disks are changed. SATA cables in a bundle are easier to rout to the disk cage area.

A replacement Firewire (IEEE 1394) card is needed so that media conversion and editing is easier. Television still uses 1280x720p and 1920x1080i which has been the standard since 1989. A single miniDV tape can hold about 13GB of video each for standard 60 minute tape.

Keeping the cables all managed makes repairs much easier. 100mm zip-tie are fine for most needs. There are also