Now it is time for the fun part, hardware installation! Again NZXT in the past few years has made strides to make sure hardware installation went without issues, we will have to see. We are installing a pretty typical Z77 system in the H630. The first thing you are going to want to install is the motherboard. NZXT has already installed the standoffs so all you have to do it place your motherboard and secure it with screws. With our motherboard installed you can see we there is still quite a lot of room inside to work with.
Hard drive installation is pretty simple. If you are using 3.5-inch hard drives installation is completely tool-less. For 2.5-inch drives you will need to use screws, but the drives are extremely easy to install into the trays. Once you have all of your drives installed in the trays just simply slide them back into the case.
If you plan on installing an optical drive you will need to take off the front bezel of the case. This proved to be a little harder than expected. I had to pull quite hard to get it off, to the point where I thought I was going to break something. Once the front bezel is off you will need to remove screws to take the drive covers off. Then put the front bezel of the case back on, slide your drive in and lock it into place with the tool-less locking system.
Now we have the power supply and video card. These both install without any issues whatsoever. I installed a GTX 770 graphics card and there were no clearance issues at all.
The last thing we need to do is route all of our cables and connect everything. All of the cable routing holes make it very easy to get all of your cables to the right component. We have quite a mess on the backside of the motherboard tray, but that will all be covered up with the side panel. You can see just how large the CPU cutout is on the motherboard and that you have more than enough room to route your CPU power cable. Flipping the case back around you can see we have a pretty clean build.
Jan 29, 2015 0