Author: Bob Buskirk
Here is what I will be installing into the Lain Li PC-V352.
MSI mATX K9N65GM-V
AMD AM2 4600+
4GB DDR2 800
250GG SATA HDD
420W Power Supply
I decided to start by installing the motherboard because the motherboard tray is removable. Considering most mATX motherboards use the same mounting holes in the same areas installation was a breeze.
The next thing I chose to install was the power supply. Now with the power there isn’t much room and you have to make sure you install a power supply that isn’t too big. I recommend not even bothering to install a modular one at all because once the cables are plugged in it will block the cage that holds the 5.25″ drive’s . Be sure to install the Power supply with the fan facing the bottom of the case so that it sucks in air from the bottom of the case to the Power Supply.
Hard drive cages have become more and more popular among computer case manufactures but over the past year they have been adding in extra protection and sound damping rubber grommets . This makes it safer and sturdier for transport along enabling your system to run quietly. All you have to do is match up the holes and mount the Hard Drives into the cage. After the drives are mounted into the cage you can slide the cage back into the case and then use the thumbscrews to tighten them down.
Before doing anything with the 5.25″ drive bay cage I decided to slide the motherboard tray into the case and start to route and install cabling. After this is done you can see there isn’t space for much else on the bottom half of the case.
Now all we have left to do is to install the CD/DVD Drive. In my case the only thing I had laying around was a CD-ROM drive. This system was a small server I had to host files on the home network so I chose to use the CD-ROM drive just to show what the drive would look like inside of the 5.25″ drive cage. Use the thumbscrews they’ve included, line up and insert screws on each side and you are good to go.
here is a final shot with all the cables ran and hidden as best as possible.