Before you starting installing your hardware you are going to want to think out your build. If you forget to connect something you are likely going to have to start all over. Be sure to connect your EPS connector, 24-pin ATX power connection, front panel headers, and the two fans to a header on your motherboard. We actually forgot to initially connect our fans and we had to fully remove our motherboard to reconnect them.
We are using the MSI B450i Gaming Plus AC motherboard with our AMD Ryzen 5 2600X processor. We pre-installed everything before we installed the motherboard. You are likely going to have to remove the rear fan to get your motherboard in. It would have been nice if the power supply was not pre-installed as it would have made installing the motherboard easier.
You’ll need to secure your motherboard with the included screws. I was able to reach three of the screw holes pretty easily, but the top left screw hole was pretty much impossible to access. With my trusty long screwdriver (which is longer than most standard screwdrivers), I put it through the access hole that is in the case and it still was short. In Win does not include a long screwdriver to reach this screw hole either, which is a little disappointing. I could remove my CPU cooler and access this hole easier, but then reinstalling my CPU cooler would be literally impossible. I really wish In Win would have provided a long screwdriver for this.
The next thing to install is our solid state drives. As I mentioned the trays easily can be removed from the case to mount your drives. Then you simply just reinstall the trays. With the trays removed I did notice that we would have access to our M.2 slot on the back of our motherboard.
Next be sure to connect anything that needs to be connected to the motherboard. Now we need to reinstall the rear fan and get our graphics card installed. We installed the MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Gaming X 6G Graphics Card, which isn’t the longest graphics card, but you can see we have plenty of room.
With the front of our case good to go you’ll need to connect the 3-pin RGB cables for the two fans and the RGB strip in the base of the A1 Plus. All three can be daisy-chained together then either connected to a 3-pin addressable RGB header on your motherboard or connected to the included In Win RGB controller. This controller has a button on it which will allow you to cycle through different effects.
With everything connected it is time to clean up our cables, which was done pretty easily. We did use all of the available (3) SATA power connectors so we really couldn’t expand our system with something like an AiO or other RGB elements that require power.
When you power your system on the RGB LEDs on the fans and base should light up as well as any other RGB elements in your system. For us that included our CPU cooler, memory, and graphics card. Since the window is tinted the inside of our system is still pretty dark, I would suggest an RGB inside if you wanted to light it up. Overall I think our build looks quite good though.
The A1 Plus also features the Qi charge on the top. We tested this and it works no problem. Also for those wondering it still works even when you have your system powered off.