As always this is my favorite part of any review installing and testing out products. Well in this install I will be installing my LAN party component’s which include:
ASUS Maximus III GENE Motherboard
16Gigs DDR3 1600mhz Memory
2x Samsung 128GB SSD in Raid 0
1x Zalman 128GB SSD
1x G.Skill 60GB SSD
3x 1TB SATA 3 WD Western Digital HDD’s
ATI 5850 Video Card
ASUS SATA DVD Burner
Antec 750 PSU
There will also be a surprise to what else I was able to get installed into this case at the end of this review.
The first thing I did with installing stuff was to take apart the case. To remove the front part of the case it was 2 thumbscrews. Then to remove the back of the case I had to remove six screws. This was the first time while working with the case you needed to get a screw driver.
So starting off I decided to start with the front of the case then work my way back. On the front panel I mounted one of the SSD’s on the top for picture’s, along with a one of the Western Digital hard drives on the right of the picture. At this point I installed my DVD burner along with my 5.25″ 4 SSD bracket.
For the next part I installed the motherboard on the motherboard tray . After that was completed I installed the ATI 5850.
Now I had to get to the other hard drives, well the last 2. I chose to mount them in the case where they would be quite, so I used the bottom mount method for each hard drive. Then after they where mounted I installed them into the case.
At this point I slid in the motherboard try so I could start to get some wiring done.
After the wiring was completed I chose to install the front panel and get some more wiring completed for all the front devices. Then it was time to mount the power supply to its bracket and then get it installed into the A30.
Now we have our completed install of the Armor A30. And what better way to take the finished pictures while actually at a LAN party, but wait I don’t think this is the case we installed everything into. It looks like it has morphed into something great. Since we just recently reviewed the Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler, I took the challenge of trying to make it work and fit into this case.
In these last 2 pictures you will see how I ran the tubing from the radiator to the water block on the processor. Also not in pictures but I would like to mention is that there is a 1″ gap between the power supply and graphics card, which allowed me to run the tubing.
May 29, 2015 0