Putting the new computer together was really no more complicated than any of the computer’s I have put together in the past, except, the video card is gigantic.
Normally, I build in this order:
- Power supply
- Front panel cables
- Video card
- Data devices, any expansion cards
- Power and data cables
As you can see in the first picture though, the video card is not in yet, it is just sitting there because I realised if I put it in completely, I cannot get the RAM in because it is in the way of the clips opening enough.
Thus my order had to be changed so that the video card came after the RAM. No big deal really.
As you can see in the second photo, my 2 sticks of Geil CAS 6 RAM are very shiny, 4gb of awesome.
Thank goodness, it all fits. The video card is almost as long as the motherboard is wide though, so while I know it has been designed this way, I wonder if it may need a little extra support. It is not very obvious in the photo, but the end closest to the hard drive bays starts to bend down under the weight of the video card, which is almost as heavy as the motherboard.
I’m hoping that the motherboard southbridge isn’t going to have a heat problem as well, as the video card covers part of it. Luckily it doesn’t cover and of the SATA ports, as I am going to need them all, but it does come very close indeed.
I’m thinking that the video card fan should help with air circulation over the southbridge heatsink so that it doesn’t get too hot, but you never know.
This case looks like it should give enough room to put hard drives in the couple of bays that overlap the rear end of the video card, but I am a little bit nervous that with the video card power cable and hard drive SATA data and power cables that it may become a bit of a problem. It shouldn’t, but just one of those things since I am going to need all of the hard drive bays I can get.