Ultimate Edition - Assembling the boards

The boards that will be installed in the Ultimate Edition are very simple, but the still require assembly. I chose to assemble the boards myself for a few reasons: one was cost, but I thought it would be much cooler to say that I actually built the boards myself.

With all of the components being SMT components, as with anything hardware related, you have to have the right tools. The guys at Flash Automation were a little puzzled when I told them that I wanted the best equipment to put all this stuff together, but they ordered it all for me anyway:

There are lots of great videos on YouTube about SMT assembly, reflow, etc. I've watched a bunch of them and they really helped me prep for this task. 

I think that any Ultimate Edition owners will feel their book that little more special knowing that I hand assembled the boards.

Jonathan.