Author: Bob Buskirk
So what will we be installing in the case? Here is our list of components.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock H61iCafe
Video Card: Sapphire HD6850
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB
Power: Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus 1000W
Storage: 750GB SATA Drive
Optical: DVD Burner
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO
The first thing that you want to install is your motherboard. You will need to install the standoffs yourself then place the board inside the case. There was more than enough room to fit the board inside of the case.
I decided to install my hard drive next. I removed one of the 4 available trays. Upon doing so I realized something, there is a metal piece on the back so you cannot mount the drive facing in towards the case as most people like to do to hide their cables. This really did not make much sense to me. Anyways to install your drive you remove the to plastic red pieces on each side, place your drive in the tray then lock it back in to place with the red pieces. Once you are done you just slide it right back in.
Next is the optical drive. You need to take off the front bezel of the case to install it. This can be done by pulling up on it from the bottom, it will pop off. Go ahead and slide your drive in and lock it in to place with the tool-less locking system. Then put the bezel back on.
Next is the power supply, which easily slides in to the bottom of the case. Now this is where I realized that those cable routing holes are useless. There is no room on the opposite side of the case the route cables at all. This really upset me, and makes me wonder why the routing holes are there at all anyways? Because of this you are left with something like you see below.
I finally installed my video card and connected everything and tried to organize the cables as best I could. Since there was really nowhere to hide cables the finished product did not look that great. The tool-less system on the PCI slots works pretty well, better than most.
When you power on the system the blue LED’s on the fans light up bright blue. I was about to put the side panel on when I found out that I was unable to because of my CPU cooler. The cooler is the Thermaltake FRIO and I’ve never had this problem with any other cases to date.