Author: Bob Buskirk
Ok so what are we going to be installing in this case? Our system is comprised of a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, DFI LAN Party Jr. P45-T2RS, OCZ Reaper HPC 2GB DDR2 kit, Palit GeForce 9800GT Sonic video card, 160GB SATA drive, optical drive, and the Tagan BZ-Series 900W modular power supply. The first thing you are going to want to install is your motherboard. Install the standoffs then install your motherboard and secure it with screws.
Next you are going to want to install your video card and connect all of the cables to the motherboard, because after you close the top of the case things are going to get pretty cramped. You should also run your cables before you close down the top of the case. Aerocool has made this easy with quite a few openings in the top of the case for you to run your cables.
So moving up top let’s first install our optical drive. To do this first you need to remove the front bezel. It easily comes right off and allows you to slide in your optical drives. Once you have your drives in you lock them into place with the tool-less inserts. They line up with the screw holes on the left side of the drive and then when you turn the dial they lock the drive in place.
Next is our hard drive. You can remove the hard drive by removing 2 screws and lifting it out of the case. Once it is out you can slide in your drives and secure them with screws. Then just place the cage back in the case and lock it back in place with screws.
Finally we had the power supply, which is where the issues started. We originally wanted to install the Tagan BZ-Series power supply, but it did not fit. Now Aerocool does list on their website and on the box that, “Standard ATX PSU but recommending the depth no longer than 140mm and preferably Non-Modular connect type PSU.”. So I tried a second power supply the Thermaltake Evo_Blue 750W, it also did not fit. Looking around through old parts I found an Apevia 500W power supply that BARELY fit. The main power supply cables were right up against the back of the optical drive and really close to the hard drive connections as well.
Finally when you have everything installed you can put the cover back on the case, which was a real pain, took me a good 10 minutes trying to get it on there correctly. When you turn on the case the fan in the front will power up. You can select high, medium, or low settings from the front control panel. Also if you press the middle button the fan will change colors, it is supposed to change from no color to red then to blue, but it seems only the blue LED’s were working.