I spent the afternoon assembling the hardware I bought three months ago. Why the delay? It was a near-fatal combination of being busy, ill, and a terrible procrastinator. But there was nothing on the schedule today, so I decided that it was time to tackle it.
It went far better than I thought it would. I would put it right up there with IKEA. The instructions were pretty good, and almost everything fit together nicely. I started just after one o'clock this afternoon, and all the pieces were assembled before four o'clock.
I was worried about the CPU and cooler, but they slid right into place.
It wasn't clear at first where the solid-state disk drive would go, but the case was as ready as promised.
Everything is in the case, ready to go. Here's a shot with the side panel removed:
I have a few questions I'd like to review with some friends who are more experienced than I am. But once I have those resolved it'll be time to power up, set up the BIOS, and install the OS and software.
It's going to be a terrific machine once it comes on line. I'll wonder why it took me so long to get around to it.
Thanks to Will, Steve, John, Karim, and Matt for their encouragement and inspiration.