AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz @ 3.6 GHz
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 450b PSU
EVGA Geforce 9400 GT
HHD0: Western Digital 120gb
Before getting into how the installation went, I wanted to mention some immediate concerns I had with this case. First, I heard rattling inside as the side fan had fallen off. Looking at the side panel in the first photo, we see that the panel hadnít firmly closed and was bent near the screw point. Opening up the case, I discovered that the side fan screwed into plastic standoffs that did little more than hold the screws - which they failed at doing. While the panel damage could be caused by the rough treatment from the shipping courier and as well as thin metal, the fan screw holes are something that can be fixed in future revisions.
Additionally, one of the mounting pegs for the front bezel had broken off. Fortunately there were five other posts still intact and this wasn't a major issue, but again, something to be concerned with.
The majority of the install was completed using the traditional baggy of screws and standoffs that were included with the case. Taking a look at the inside of the case with the mainboard in place, you can see the top 120mm intake fan and the rear 120mm exhaust fan. Both of these fans, along with the side fan feature blue LEDs. I found the spacing around the fans typical of other cases I have worked on. The one thing I did notice was the wires from the top control panel didn't have any way of being secured, so some creativity will be needed here with cable management. Something as simple as a twisty tie would do the trick or you could go as fancy as trying to sleeve them.
After installing the board and preparing to install the expansion card is where I ran into another problem. The punch out for the expansion slots was troublesome as the whole area would flex and bend while trying to make room for the video card. This combined with how the side panel was bent implies to me that the metal used is just a bit on the thin side.
While there is a cutout on the motherboard tray to aid in CPU backplate / CPU heatsink installation, it didnít line up right for the AMD backplate on my board.
Galaxis includes dust filters on the front bezel for the two small intake holes, but they are glued in place meaning you can't remove and clean them. You can, however, remove the front bezel entirely and blow the filters clean using compressed air. A future revision with removable filters would be preferred. A front 120mm blue intake fan supplies fresh air through these intake holes.
Installing the hard drive and optical drive was pretty simple. There were tool-less clips for the 5.25" devices in all bays, though the bottom five bays came with 5.25" to 3.5" adapters. I had to manually screw the drive in, but it worked. There are mounts for a total of nine bays, though the top bay is unusable because the cables from the top I/O panel block access to it. Do note that there is no support for 2.5" drives. You would have to use brackets within brackets or otherwise creatively place a 2.5" SSD.
The rest of the installation went smoothly. It is important to mention here is that aside from the side 180mm fan, there are three 120mm fans included with space for two more 120mm fans. One could be installed on the top and bottom depending on your configuration.
Powering the machine up, the fans had a nice blue glow to them that looked great through the top and side window. There are no flaps or doors covering the external bays, so a black drive would make this install look a bit nicer. Let's move ahead as we wrap this up with some conclusions for this case.