|-- The Insides
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Once we popped open the sides, we took a look into
the interior. First impressions of the case from the look of
things is the structured feel of the whole thing. No edges
were sharp or unfinished and everything was positioned at a
The usual bag of goodies was included
along with a 3 prong power cord and a spec sheet. There are
enough screws to build a system and then some. If you lose these
screws like I do, this is a good back up for any future upgrades.
Staring into the bowels of the case, I
noticed the silver motherboard standoffs (nipples) were already
installed for us. I usually have a great deal of trouble putting
these on due to my pudgy fingers (no jokes Kile!) Having them
already installed for me was a plus.
Included with our sample was a 300W AMD
approved power supply. Manufactured by Super Power themselves,
this should suffice for powering almost all AMD/Intel based systems.
Right below the power supply is the rear
exhaust fan. Its shielded by a plastic covering which I think
prevents any fingers from getting hurt. There is also another
fan situated at the bottom front that sucks in the cold air. The
bottom covering houses the fan and the case speaker. The fan used is
labeled Power Cooler, a sleeve bearing fan. You probably
would want to change this. You may receive a different fan than
ours in your own sample.
The front bezel connectors are all
labeled accordingly. One thing that still gets me is the
labeling on most motherboards never correspond with the connectors on
the cases. Its like the hot dog bun dilemma, where there are 6
buns and 8 hot dog wieners. Ok, bad analogy.
The 3.5" drive cage can be removed,
which makes installing new hard drives a whole lot easier. One
3.5" bay is hidden, while two are exposed. You can remove
the cage by taking off the one screw on the side. The four
5.25" are spacious, there is about 8-9 inches of space between
the power supply and the start of the 5.25" drive bays.
Ample room to stick your hands in to work on things.
Here is a shot of the expansion slots,
nothing surprising here. Again, I'll stress the ease of taking
these apart and putting them back due to the fact that the spacers have
notches at the end. Small observation but it goes a long way in
the long run. For me at least.
The motherboard tray does not slide out
unfortunately. There are holes on the back that allow you to
screw in the 3.5" drives if you don't plan on removing the drive