Now it is time for the fun part, installation! We will be installing a pretty basic system here. The first thing that you are going to want to do is install your motherboard. Now you if you planning on routing your CPU power cable around the backside of the motherboard tray you should do it before you install your motherboard. This is because once you install your motherboard the hole will be pretty much covered.
Next we will install our hard drives. We will be installing both a 3.5-inch hard drive and 2.5-inch solid state drive. Just slide the trays out of the bottom compartment and install your drives. There is no tool-less installation here you will have to screw in both drives. Once you are done go ahead and slide them back into place.
For your optical drive you simply remove the bezel cover on a 5.25-inch drive bay and slide your drive in. Then take the tool-less locking clip and install it to lock the drive into place.
The power supply easily goes right into the bottom of the case. Now the fun part of routing all of the cables. There is where we ran into a few issues. The biggest one being that the cable routing holes are extremely small, smaller than we have seen on any other case. On top of that there really is not that much room behind the motherboard try to route your cables. I ended up not routing the PCIe cables, ATX power cable, and many of the other cables. Instead I tried to hide them towards the front of the case. Even so after I tried to put the back side panel on it would not go on correctly. The culprit was the extension on our CPU power cable.
With all of the cables routed go ahead and install your video card and you are good to go. We installed the Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Graphics Card which is one of the longest cards available with no issues at all. Powering on the system the LED fans in the front and on the top of the case light up.
Feb 26, 2015 0