The first step that I recommend when installing your components in this case is to remove both side panels. The reason being is that the non-windowed side panel has a raised area on it to compensate for the extra room needed for cable management. If you do that your installation will be much easier because it will be on a flat surface instead of a wobbly one.
Installing the motherboard standoffs is simple because all of the holes are labeled and a small chart shows you which holes you will need to install standoffs in. Installing the motherboard is simple and the black screws and paper washers used to install the motherboard give it a little more pizzazz.
Once you get the motherboard secure you can begin to attach your expansion cards by removing the necessary covers and securing them to the case.
To install an external drive you first need to remove the front panel. Two fan filters can also be found and removed once you remove the front panel. Not to mention you can also remove or change the fans or hard drive cage while you’re here.
Once you have removed the cover for the 5.25” slot you’d like, you then need to remove the associating latching device. Then you can slide the drive into position and secure it back with the device.
Installing the hard drive in the cages is fairly simple. You need to remove the two hard drive rails which are already attached to the hard drive cage and simply attach them to your hard drive and slide the drive into the slot. The slots aren’t the greatest hard drive slots around, but they seem to work for its vertical application.
Once you get everything in you can begin working on your cable management. This is the first time I’ve actually attempted to manage my cables and found it to be pretty easy with the options of the Tempest EVO.
The case also looks pretty nice with the three blue LED fans and front blue LED strips.