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The parts I used in the other system cases, with a full-size mainboard and a rather large cooler, just don’t fit in here, so considering the multimedia orientation of this case, I stuffed it with the following components:

  • ATI RS480-based mainboard;
  • AMD 3200+ CPU (Socket 939) with the box cooler;
  • 2 x 512MB Kingston DDR400 SDRAM;
  • ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition 256 MB graphics card;
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard disk drive, 160GB;
  • NEC ND-3540A DVD-RW drive;
  • Zippy HP2-6460P power supply.

I didn’t use the mainboard’s integrated graphics core, but performed the tests with an external graphics card to see if system cases of that type can accommodate an advanced gaming configuration. The components took their sits in an “intimate circle”:

I met some problems caused by the mainboard (not by the system case), which are in fact typical for mainboards of that form-factor:

If you are not careful enough, you can cut off some small details from the graphics card’s PCB with the latches of the memory slots. Beware of that as you’re assembling the system!

I also advise you to put the cables properly in system cases of that type. There’s not much space for air to move about freely, so you don’t want to impede the airflows more by leaving the cables hanging loosely.

So, the system is ready for the tests.

 
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