AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 AM3
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Raidmax Smilodon ATX w/500w
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60gb
750gb SATA 3.5" drive
ASUS Wireless NIC
Host OS: Win7
The PSU was easy to install in its bottom mounted location. There is also a 120mm fan spot right in front of the PSU, however if building a machine and you require a larger 1000+ watt PSU, there would be the option to skip the fan and install a larger PSU.
Instead of motherboard standoffs, where I would normally install a standoff for a standard ATX board, there are raised sections that the board sits on and is screwed in. For different sized boards there were labels on the inside indicating what notches to use.
The leads for the front controls were well labeled and easy to install. The tool-less expansion card worked fairly well. It was a tad loose, but once both the video and wireless cards were installed and clamped down it was not an issue.
I installed three additional 120mm fans in the case: I placed two on top and one in the front. I didn't have a fourth 120mm fan on hand, so I left the bottom spot in front of the PSU open.
The front fan installed very quickly and easily. The top two fans, which are SilverStone SST-AP121 fans, installed fairly well. However the top cover just didn't seem to close right, so I spent a fair amount of time fiddling with it. There still seems to be a little pressure on the rear of the lid, but no functional issues. The SST-121 fans will be reviewed later, but I installed them on the top to feed a column of air directly into the CPU fan while the other one channeled air directly down the middle of the case.
The drive caddies were also very easy to use. The tool-less design worked perfectly with the 3.5” drive with the clips going right into the screw holes. The 2.5” drive wasn't even mentioned in the instructions anywhere, but putting a couple of screws through the bottom held the drive just fine and clipped in with the 3.5” drive. The 5.25” optical drive simple slid in the front of the case and clicked into place.
Closing up and powering on, I noted a subtle blue light coming from above the SilverStone logo. The case may not go for a lot of flash, but it was a nice highlight.