So what will we be installing in this system? Our components are comprised of the following items: Intel Core i5-2500K, MSI P67A-GD55 motherboard, EVGA GTX 570m, 8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis, Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU, 750GB SATA drive and a Blu-ray drive. The first thing you are going to want to do is install your motherboard. You have to install the standoffs yourself though. There is quite a lot of room inside this case so getting the motherboard installed is no problem at all.
Our hard drive is next. Just slide out one of the hard drive trays and install your drive by securing it to the tray with four screws on the bottom. When you have it installed on the tray just simply slide the tray right back in.
To install your optical drive you are going to want to take the front bezel of the case off. This is done by simply pulling on it from the bottom. Once you have it removed you can take the left top part of the panel off so you are able to remove the bezel covers. Now just slide your optical drive in the open drive bay, put the front bezel of the case back on and line things up. Then just press the switch over on the tool-less locking system and you are good to go. The tool-less locking system works really great.
Now you are going to want to install your video card and power supply. Our GTX 570 goes in without any issues. This case can fit longer video cards all the way up to 330mm. Our power supply goes in without any issues either. It fits perfectly on the bottom of the case and the risers really do lift it up off the bottom of the case for great airflow.
Next you are going to want to route all of your cables and organize everything. Of course I routed most of my cables around the back of the case. My setup is a little messy, but Rosewill does include zip-ties so you can keep your cables nice and clean on the back. One thing that I did find missing was a CPU power extension cable. Almost every full tower case that I have reviewed has come with one. It allows you to route your 8 or 4pin CPU power cable around the back of the case and up through the top. Luckily I have a few extra, but this is something big missing from the case for sure. Also the control panel connectors do not go directly behind the case to start like we normally see with cases that have routing holes, instead they actually come down into the case so you have to put them through a routing hole and back out again. This is visible in the photos below.
Once you have everything installed in the case you can close it up and power the system on. When you power the system on the Thor logo will light up bright blue along with two accent lights. Also the front 230mm intake fan has white LEDs. These LED’s can be turned turned off by a small button on the front of the case.
Feb 26, 2015 0