NZXT Vulcan Micro-ATX Gaming Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-03-2010
Provided by: NZXT

I'm installing the following hardware into the NZXT Vulcan. Remember that the case requires a micro-ATX motherboard and the reduced width may limit the height of CPU cooler you use.

AMD Phenom II 965 X4 BE
MSI 890GXM-G65
2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
64Gb Patriot Torqx SSD
Icy Dock 2.5" to 3.5"
1Tb WD Caviar Black
Diamond Radeon HD5850
Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
Silverstone Decathlon 750w

There was not enough room for my usual Swiftech Compact H2O kit, and the other after market cooler I had on hand, a Kingwin XT-1264 120mm tower, was too big to fit as well. Therefore I resorted to using the noisy factory AMD cooler. I had no problem getting my HD5850 installed, as you can see NZXT's claims of being 5970 compatible are no joke, however depending on precise slot alignment the front of the video card could potentially come in contact with the underside of the 3" drive bays.

The drives all slid easily into place and other than some cramped space in front of the power supply and there not being much room for cable management, the rest went together fairly smoothly. Without the raised relief section on the right side panel I doubt it would have ever gone back on once all the cables were installed. When powered on, both fans light up orange as well as a single strip along the right side of the front bezel. While kind of a strange color choice, the lighting can be turned off altogether using the push button switch on the rear of the case.

Let's wrap things up with some final thoughts and conclusion.

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