I received my Zalman Z1 Neo case Wednesday, and the upgraded 600W power supply yesterday. I have to say I'm very impressed with the quality of these two components. And wow, Amazon Prime is awesome, I'm just taking advantage of their 30 day free trial. Free two day shipping! How do you beat that. I went ahead and ordered the motherboard this morning. It's been a long time since I've installed any electronic components into a case, technology has change some since my old Dell computers. But basically the same. I have been reading the builders guide when I can. But has anyone here created a video or documentation on this particular build? I would really like more information on all the wiring connections and tips on keeping everything organized in the case. Thanks!
Glad to hear your new components came in quickly and that the quality impresses you. These are really nice products for the price.
As for a video or documentation, the best I can do is refer you to TBG's Guide to Assembling a Basic PC
, which walked through every step of building a simple PC in another Zalman case, the ZM-T2.
Several readers have asked for videos, and it's something I'm considering doing. It's a little hard to set something like this up and make it helpful to readers (as you really need to do a lot of closeup work, which means shifting the camera constantly), but I'll think about it for the next how-to-guide.
I know a lot of readers would like hands-on tutorials for every build on TBG, but the truth is, doing this would be both cost-prohibitive and extremely time-intensive. To keep up with the latest trends and changes, TBG publishes about 3 or 4 assembly guides every year representing builds at different price points. Each of these takes about a week to complete in terms of getting parts together, assembly, photography, editing, writing, and layout. You could imagine doing that for 20 builds a year would be complicated, and given that TBG still pays for most of its test gear out of pocket, it would also bankrupt us!
Just FYI, here are the four assembly guides to be published over the next 6 months on TBG:
(1) A mid-range PC Builder's guide using components similar to the $1,250 Buyer's Guide
(2) A high-end PC Builder's guide using components similar to the $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
(3) A high-end ITX PC Builder's guide using components similar to the $1,500 VR-Ready Mini-ITX PC Buyer's Guide
(4) An ultra-compact STX PC Builder's Guide using a brand-new form factor, that will become the basis for a new $400 Home Office PC Buyer's Guide