How To Switch PC Cases?
by Perfect Tech Reviewers
My juniors often ask me, “Is it hard to switch PC cases?” and my answer is simple for all, “You should not do anything without prior experience or expert guidance”. Usually, we do not focus on the complexities of switching the PC cases. One must have a basic understanding of using tools and putting parts in their suitable locations. Plus, there are some must-have tools you should have while changing the PC cases.
First, one should understand the need to change the PC case and if it is required then kick off the job by removing the side doors. Moreover, you should consider it a daunting task, and assistance is required, without help the job is inevitable. I will guide you on how to switch the PC case. It is a matter of safety for your PC so dedicate the next 10 minutes and learn it.
How To Switch PC Cases?
Before we dig further, I want to inform you of two fundamental considerations. First, if you have a different kind of case or want to swap from a traditional to an extraordinarily designed case, you should read the manual. The second is the must-have tools; collect them all, if you do not have anyone, purchase them and then kick off the procedure. See the list of must-have tool kits below!
- Set of screwdrivers
- Zip ties
- Thermal paste
- Nut driver
- Socket set
- Adhesive tape
- Cleaning machine (vacuum cleaner)
I just have mentioned the most significant and commonly used tools. But if you have a different PC case, you should check the manual, they mostly instruct you to use certain tools or keys. Plus, if you are unable to find a certain tool, purchase it and then start the job, do not go without it..
Switching The PC Case In Simple Steps
Unplug the main cable of power from the electricity connection. Make sure you have no electric connection and then search for the nuts. I usually count before I start loosening them, this way I remember the quantity of the nuts and bolts after loosening them and also know where they belong to.
Then comes the opening secession, here I will advise you to take photos of the nuts, bolts, and opened case. Actually, I use this method to keep myself reminded of the particular locations for multiple parts. So, you should take photos of all the cases. Use a screwdriver and put off the side door. You will see the interior of the case with all parts assembled. Ensure, you have taken pictures of all parts.
Now comes the actual job, the more this procedure goes further, the more it becomes interesting. Well, it is time to take off the internal parts of the case. I will advise you to start with GPU. It is the part that is attached to the motherboard. If you do not know, the motherboard is the biggest PCB in the PC. Anyhow, release the brackets of the GPU and then lift it up towards your side. Do not apply extra force, it may break, so be gentle.
Then comes the CPU cooler, the device you see with the fan connectors is the CPU cooler. However, if the fan connectors are attached, remove them. Release the clips of the fan and lift it towards your side. Now use a screwdriver to loosen the screws of the CPU cooler. Do not apply force on PCB, slightly push the screwdriver. Take the CPU cooler out and find the RAMs. Clip them off and lift them up, you have done the half job.
Once you have removed the CPU cooler, GPU and RAMs, go hunting the drives and motherboard. Remove the connectors of the drives and slightly push them back. Take the bracket out and release its clips. The only thing left inside the case is the motherboard. Unscrew the screws of the motherboard, and use the screwdriver. Before you lift up, remove the cables and connectors and the PC case is empty.
How To Switch The Parts Into New PC Case
In my opinion, the removal is harder than reassembling the parts. Now we will go from the end to the start, which means attaching the motherboard to the GPU assembly. Prepare the new PC case by cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner.
Now attach the motherboard with the screws, tighten the screws, and connect the cables. Then comes the drives, attach them with the motherboard after putting them in brackets; as they were attached to the motherboard when you were removing them.
Check that the drives are securely assembled in the brackets and then clips off. Take the memory cards, the RAMs and put them in the slot. Now attach the CPU cooler as it was assembled before. If you are unable to understand, see the pictures you took before disassembling. Tighten the screws until you are satisfied but overtighten may damage the threads of screws.
The last job is to assemble the GPU with the motherboard. It may take you half or a minute but I will say, do not hurry nor apply force. Connect the GPU connector after putting it in the slot and you have successfully swapped the PC case. Before you put the side doors back, see all parts are there and connected perfectly. Match the current design with the pictures and in case you see something different read the case’s manual.
Put the doors back to their locations and plug the PC into the socket. Turn it on and make sure all parts are working including the RGB. Plus, see the fans are operating accurately, throwing the heat out of the case as they should. Congratulations, you have changed the PC case.
Changing the PC case is a technical job but if you practice twice or thrice, you can help your friends effortlessly. Switching the PC case costs almost 30 to 50 bucks but one can save them by doing it on his own with a guide. I have explained the procedure and discussed the considerations. Now get up, take the tools, and initiate the process