Page 1:Building An Entry-Level Gaming PC
Page 2:The Quest For The Right Graphics Card
Page 3:Picking A CPU, Motherboard, And RAM
Page 4:CPU Cooler
Page 5:Choosing An Appropriate Power Supply
Page 6:The Right Chassis Is Mandatory
Page 7:Drives And Installation
Page 8:A Small, Stylish Gaming PC On A Budget
Drives And Installation
Installation: SSD and Hard Drive
The universal 3.5-inch hard drive bays can be used for 2.5-inch SSDs and notebook hard drives as well. The larger form factor is installable without tools, using pins. This setup also enables reasonable sound dampening. You'll need to screw 2.5-inch drives in to a tray.
Inserting drives is as straightforward as it gets. They slide in and snap into place. Even heavy disks sit securely, without any of the give that'd cause you to question the Prodigy's quality.
Installation: Optical Drive
Installing an optical drive takes a bit more work. First, the front and top covers need to be removed.
Second, the cover for the 5.25-inch drive bays needs to come off. Simply unfasten two small screws.
Finally, an optical drive slides in through the front of the case and is manually screwed in place, as shown. There’s no tool-less mechanism, unfortunately.
Caution: Memory Module And CPU Clearance
Normal-profile memory modules fit under the Raijintek Themis without a problem. But the Avexir DDR3-1600 kit we used requires that you push the cooler's fan up a bit so the two components don't collide. Modules any taller would be a problem, and we'd expect this to be true on most small form factor platforms.
Installation: Graphics Card
Thick electrical tape on the side of the CPU cooler helps avoid potential short circuits, should the heat sink and back of the graphics card PCB touch each other. Really, the 3 to 4 mm of space between them should be enough, but better safe than sorry.
It's easy to see how tightly everything fits together. Still, all of the components work well together, even if the optional side window squeezes the parts even more. BitFenix's original side panel has small holes to provide air for the graphics card, but the company doesn't give the windowed version the same treatment.