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Epox EP-8KHA+ with Socket 462 Mainboard
This page will provide a complete walk-through for installing all of your peripherals device into a new case design.
 
How To Migrate To A New Case Design
This document will outline concepts associated with migrating to a new case type. In this article, I provide a case by case comparison between a variety of units to help you make a smarter, more economical buying decision when upgrade time comes
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Transferring Your PC Components Into The New Case
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Introduction

Transferring components from an old case into a new one is not an overly complicated procedure. This page will detaill how it's done.

  1. Power off and unplug the system from all external connections (power, network cable, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.).

  2. Use a ground strap when working inside the case. Disconnect everything from the motherboard (cables, cards), but leave the DIMMs (the memory modules), Central processing unit and heatsink connected.

    There is a set of pins (usually in a row on near the edge of the board) that are your hard disk drive and power LED lights, Power Reset, internal speaker, etc. connections on the motherboard. Make sure these are labelled on the motherboard, maybe draw a little picture making note of what is connected where (pay attention to orientation - what color leads are where they lead to.

  3. Remove enough of the internal components to get easy access to the motherboard and remove ALL of the screws. Examine the motherboard screw pattern and add the appropriate standoffs in the new case. If there is a template (usually a flimsy metal piece) for the printer, sound, USB ports, etc., install it in the rear of the case before the motherboard!

  4. Carefully, transfer the motherboard to the new case and screw it in (make sure nothing is in your way installing the motherboard, if there is, move it to be sure nothing gets damaged.

  5. Install the balance of the drives, cards, etc. Make sure to put those pin connections back to the correct locations (they should be labelled by the case manufacturer or they'll be a paper in the case showing which is which.
 
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