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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 8: Testing the System and Completing Assembly

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Replacing the Side of the Case and Bezel

Now that your system is tested and we’ve visually seen that the CPU fan is spinning properly, we can shut down the system and replace the side of the case (Figure 128 and Figure 129) and the bezel (Figure 130). We could also leave the side off temporarily and continue to install an operating system. To replace the side of the case, examine the back of the side carefully (Figure 131). Often, the back of the side will have notches or rails that must engage for the case to close properly.   


Figure 128: Replacing the side of the case

This case side must be pushed toward the back of the case to engage lugs on the case. Before closing the case, be sure no wires or cables are near the edges where they might get pinched.

 



Figure 129: Screwing in the side of the case

Some cheaper cases have poorly tapped threads for the screws, so use only minimal force to tighten the cover screws.

 



Figure 130: Closing the bezel

Here the lip of the bezel hits the CD-RW drive and we need to gently lift up the CD drive to close the bezel. Don’t just slam the bezel to close it. Close it gently to be sure nothing interferes with it closing.

It also saves wear and tear if you depress the front cover latch as you close it. Tilt the front of the case upward to get a good grip on the latch.

 



Figure 131: Back of the side panel

If you have difficulty replacing the side of your case, examine it carefully to see how the lugs engage the rest of the case.

 



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