Author: Bob Buskirk
Ok so what are we installing inside this case? Our components are comprised of an ASUS P6T Motherboard, Intel Core i7-965 Extreme processor, 24GB of memory, an ATI Radeon 4870 X2 video card, 2 Seagate 1TB hard drives, a Blu-ray drive and the Thermaltake Evo_Blue 750W power supply.
The first thing we are going to want to do is get the hot-swapped bays all connected. Corsair includes a SATA power connector adapter and 4 SATA data cables. The SATA power adapter is pretty cool, it has 4 SATA power connectors on it that connect to the 4 hot-swappable bays. This makes cable management so much easier. Just connect the power adapter and data cables.
Since we connected the hot-swappable bays, let’s go ahead and install the drive in them. The bays easily slide out, much like ICY DOCK enclosures we have looked at in the past. To my surprises these bays were not made of cheap plastic, but metal. Installing your drives is simple, just go ahead and put them in the bays, line up the holes and secure them with screws. Then go ahead and slide them back into the case. Pretty simple if you ask me!
Next is our Blu-ray drive. You can take off the front bezel to do this just pull it from the bottom of the case and it will come off. When we take the bezel off you can see where the bottom hard drives get installed. Take off the bay cover you are going to use for your optical drive and slide it in. Then put the front bezel of the case back on and line things up. Then just lock the drive into place with the tool-less system. It worked perfectly for me, no issues at all.
Now onto the motherboard installation. Corsair has already installed the motherboard standoffs for us it just makes things easier. Just install your I/O shield and place your motherboard and secure it with screws. Since this case is massive you really have a lot of room to work with inside!
The power supply easily slides into place. Just screw it in to lock it into place.
Before we install the video card let’s get some cable routing done. You can see how useful all of the cable routing holes are in the 800D. There is even routing holes above the motherboard for the 8pin motherboard connection.
Finally we install the video card and connect the power to it. Before we close up the case check out the backside. All of nasty wires are back there and out of sight. You can even make things look better with the included nylon zip ties. The hole in the back of the motherboard is one of the biggest ones that we have seen, which makes mounting any CPU in this case easy and makes it so you don’t have to remove the motherboard.