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Your mainboard is installed right on the side panel of this case using non-detachable fasteners.

This installation method is handy when it comes to system maintenance (unless you’ve got an expansion card in your configuration). You can carefully (to avoid damaging some cable or connector) flip the side panel with mainboard down to install or replace a memory module or clean your CPU cooler.

Before installing a standard 3.5-inch hard disk, you should attach the included vibration-absorbing rubber pads to its sides.

 

Then you insert your HDD into the aluminum frame at the bottom of the chassis (the sides of the frame go into the slits in the rubber vibration-absorbing pads). You can also fix your drive with screws at the middle mounting holes.

Right below this 3.5-inch HDD you can additionally install a 2.5-inch hard disk or SSD (without any vibration-suppressing elements, though).

A standard ATX power supply can be installed onto the thick aluminum piece which is fastened to the back panel of the case with four thumbscrews.

This helps you easily reach any power connector within the system: just put the PSU halfway into the chassis, connect all cables, and finally fix the PSU with screws.

The photo of the assembled system makes it clear that a standard-sized modular power supply would be the most optimal choice for the PC-Q07.You’d have a smaller tangle of cables inside the chassis then. The problem is that finding a modular PSU of modest wattage (below 500 watts) is going to be difficult. You may have to put up with the tangle of cables or buy a PSU which has higher wattage (and price) than you actually need.

The cables of the front-panel USB connectors are very short. They didn’t reach to our mainboard’s onboard headers, for example. The front panel also lacks audio connectors, which is a definite downside of this model.

 

Overall, the PC-Q07 is quite easy and comprehensible when it comes to assembling a computer configuration in it, but the process involves a lot of screwdriver work (there’s a dozen screws in the side panels only).

The PC-Q07 looks solid and serious when assembled.

Highs:

  • Compact (although not extremely compact) dimensions
  • Compatible with power supplies and optical drives of the standard desktop form-factors
  • Supports 2.5-inch drives
  • Rather easy to assemble a computer system in

Lows:

  • Cheap feet
  • Short cables of the front-panel USB connectors
  • 3-pin power LED connector
  • No front-panel audio connectors
 
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