Before I opened the case up I wanted to get some other images and see some of the other features of the case. First letís get the list of the hardware I am putting in this case.
- 1GB stick of Kingston Value ram (DDR 553)
- Intel Pent-D 805 (2.6 GHz)
- Tech slim line DVD-ROM
- 250 Gig Seagate SATA Drive
- VistionTek X1300 SGE 512Megs ram
The handle occupies the top part of the case. If you look at it really quickly, it looks like something out of the Fast and Furious.
On the back of the case you can add up to four 40mm fans. The card slots for this case require riser cards. The first two (going left to right) are for your PCI-E video card. The typical configuration is for one that is in the seventh slot location, but can be adjusted to the sixth depending on your motherboard. Also the reason to have two slot openings are for the cards that require two. The last one is for the PCI expansion typically a sound card for most people.
Extra parts that were packed with the case beside the PSU cable include the slim line cd-rom to 40 pin IDE, useful if youíre taking a cd-rom from an old laptop. The DVD-ROM I will be using already has one (stealing it from my mini-itx system). There's also a small Phillips screw driver. Then we have the standard bag of screws, which also includes four screws that fit the slim line CD/DVD drives, one zip tie and a metal tab if you need to add a locking cable to the case. However, there are no standoffs for motherboards.
The side view of the case with the panel off shows the case curves in the front. The case frame support bar is make up of thicker aluminum than the rest of the case.
Below is with the support bar and card cage removed.
A closer look at the USB/Audio cable location. The three LEDs that light up the front "GT3" tag are also located here.
The standoffs are already present on the tray.
With the limited ability to adjust the standoffs, the bottom two screw holes are not used. If this was a full size case I would want those in for support for adding in the PCI-E / PCI cards.
Making sure things are fitting correctly I tested with the video card cage first. I also was thinking about adding my video turner card, since this is my HTPC motherboard. The issue I would have to bypass is the PCI expansion is limited to PCI cards that fit in the first and second card locations. My board that I am using goes from 4-7 with 7 being the PCI-E. At this time I found out that the PCI ribbon cable they have installed is in backwards and would not line up correctly to any motherboard PCI slots. I flipped the cable and grabbed a PCI riser from a 1U computer, but I did not have any extenders so I went without it. Placing the ATI X1300 XGE in the PCI-E spot on the cage, I had a lot of extra space at the end of the cage.
I did have to remove one screw off the video card so it would fit. The lip is a little large but I really think it is needed for strength. The slot covers are not aluminum and do stick out a little on the back. I would also think you could get some better heat removal around the video card by replacing the second cover with one that has slots.
They also have the clip so you can lock your card in place.
The cage is adjustable to fit a PCI-E card that is located either at the sixth or seventh slot location. The default is at the seventh position.
With a test fit you can see how things are going to line up.
The four screws holes on the top part of the video card cage are there so you can add a second hard drive if you donít use a PCI card with the case. At first I was using a standard HDD ribbon cable with my DVD rom, but folding it and getting it to fit well under the cage was a pain. So I switched it out with a single device cable that was about 8" long and it was a perfect fit.
Next we will see what it looks like next to a couple other cases.