So what will we be installing inside of the Tank case? Here is our part list…
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Power: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO
Storage: 750GB SATA Drive
Optical: Benq DVD Drive
The first thing you are going to want to do is take out the center support beam. This is easily done by removing 3 small screws with the included hex key. Once the screws are removed it easily slides out. Now you have quite a lot of room inside the case to work. We will be installing the motherboard first so we need to install the motherboard standoffs then secure our motherboard inside of the case.
The power supply is next. It easily goes in to the bottom of the case. All of your power supply cables should be able to be routed around the back of the case. There are quite a lot of cable routing holes, although they are not lined with rubber so you could tear your cables if you are not careful.
To install your hard drive you will need to install 4 rubber “wheels” on each drive. Then on the drive cage you will need to take out a thumbscrew and loosen the 2 hex bolts and slide the locking mechanism over. This will allow you to insert your drives. Once you have all of your drives installed you can slide the locking mechanism back over to lock everything in place.
To install your optical drive you are going to want to take off the front bezel of the case. With a simple pull it easily comes right off. Once it is removed you can see the large fan filter on the 230mm intake fan and the front bezel covers. Remove one of the covers so you can slide in your optical drive. Once it is installed secure it with 2 thumbscrews.
The last thing we need to install is the video card. This is no problem since this case can house long video cards. We installed the Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB and there was still about an inch of clearance.
Finally go ahead and connect everything and you are good to go. As I said I rounted all of the cables behind the motherboard tray. This made the inside of the case nice and clean. I also routed the USB 3.0 connectors behind the motherboard tray and out the water-cooling holes to connect to the USB 3.0 ports on my motherboard. Also the motherboard cut out on the back of the motherboard tray is very large, which will make installing an after-market CPU cooler very easy.
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