Thermaltake Armor A30 Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 04-25-2011
Provided by: Thermaltake
Hardware Installation

I will be installing the following hardware in the Armor A30:

Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
OCZ Flex EX 2x 4GB Memory
Seasonic SS-460 Fanless 460W Modular PSU
OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD
Optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I didn't run into any issues during hardware installation. I do appreciate the fact that Thermaltake has a mounting location for 2.5" solid state drives which is on top of the optical drive bracket.

The power supply mounted in its bracket without issue. The same goes for the motherboard, which is an ITX model in this instance. The A30 supports up to Micro ATX so you will be able to install some pretty serious gaming hardware if that is the route you plan to go with your build. For this system, I am going for a simple HTPC box, although the 8GB of memory is a bit overkill.

As I mentioned earlier, since you have to come in from the top of the case to get to the hardware within, you will want to make all of the necessary connections to the board and your accessories before installing the power supply. As you can see, once the PSU is installed, it's next to impossible to get to the board. And speaking of power supplies, I would suggest a modular unit as it will greatly cut down on cable clutter inside the system. Since real estate is limited, you don't have as much room to hide unused cables like you would in a mid or full tower chassis.

The final product looks really nice. You will likely want a matching black optical drive like I have installed to avoid any unnecessary eyesores. The small windows on either side of the case give a glimpse to the hardware within and the blue glow from the top and front LED fans isn't overpowering.

Let's move ahead and wrap things up with a conclusion.

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