So what will we be installing inside this case? Our system is comprised of the following components.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Power: Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO
Storage: 750GB SATA Drive
Optical: Benq DVD Drive
The first thing we want to do is install the motherboard. You will have to install the standoffs first then install your motherboard.
The first thing that I noticed when I installed my motherboard was that my CPU cooler was extruding out of the case. The Thermaltake FRIO is only 165mm tall, so this is a big concern. There is no warning on the Diablotek website about large CPU coolers or anything like that. After you do have your motherboard installed you are probably going to want to connect everything before things get too packed in the case.
Next is our hard drive. It easily slides in to its spot and you lock it in to place with tool-less lock, which works pretty well.
On to the optical drive, it easily slides right in to the front of the case. You can used one of the included tool-less locks to lock it in to place.
Let’s get the power supply installed and connect everything up! When I first went to install the power supply it did not line up correctly with the screw holes on the back. But after messing with it for a few minutes I got it to fit correctly.
The last thing that gets installed is our video card, which is a Radeon HD 6950. When installing the card you have to remove the PCI locks, which takes 3 screws. The card just fits inside the case as you can see from the photos below.
After everything is installed you can see things are pretty tight. Also there is not much room to hide cables and you cannot hide them behind the motherboard tray like you can on many other new cases. Also as mentioned earlier our CPU was actually too big for this case so we were unable to put the side panel back on.