Installation is fairly simple and easy for this HTPC case. The directions tell you to first start off by removing the drive cage via two screws holding it to the case.
Sliding it back and lifting it up will remove it from the case. This step gives you some extra room inside of the case to install other components.
The next step is to install the motherboard. If you’re using an ATX motherboard the standoffs should work out for you, but you might want to double check before you start fastening the motherboard to the case. You can also install the power supply at this time.
To install any expansion cards on the motherboard you first need to remove the plastic grate blocking a proper installation with two simple screws on the outside of the case.
Now is probably a good time to attach any of the front panel connectors to your motherboard. You can also attach another 120mm fan for extra cooling if you so desire.
Moving back to the drive cage we can now install our drives, starting with a 5.25″ drive in the largest slot. Make sure that you are installing it correctly as there are markings on the cage on which direction is the front. For the 5.25″ drive I used the B screw holes found on the underside of the cage to install the drive and that seemed to work out very well.
If you want to install any other devices in the external slots now is when you would probably want to do so because once the internal drives are installed chances are they will be blocking the screw holes to the external installation. We decided just to install a single hard drive on the internal drive bays, all four which have four rubber pads on the screw holes to keep down vibration. Also special screws can be used for these to help reduce the vibration of the drive.
The next step is to install the drive cage back into the case. Just simply put it in the same way you took it out, but if you want to install your cables nMEDIAPC has given you the easy ability to tilt the cage at a 70 degree angle.
Once everything is installed you can now apply some proper cable management to the case with the included parts. There isn’t a whole lot of open space to do so, but what can you really expect from an HTPC case?
Jul 31, 2014 0