Antec Mini Skeleton Reviewtacohunter52 - October 26, 2009
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There's not a whole lot of "Working Components" on the Antec Mini Skeleton. For this reason I'll run through installing your hardware with the case. The best way to start off is by installing the motherboard. Use the screws provided to mount the motherboard onto the motherboard tray. Once you've done this connect power to the MOBO as you would any computer. The Mini Skeleton's PSU came equipped with a 24Pin cable, and a 4Pin auxillary cable.
Once you've got the power all hooked up it's time to install the front header connections. The Antec Mini Skeleton has a PWR cable, a Reset cable, and an HDD LED cable. The Antec Skeleton also had two front USB ports, and two front audio ports. This means we also need to connect the one USB cable, as well as the Audio cable.
Installing the Optical Drive is extremely easy. The entire bottom section is the 5.25" bay. That is of course with two exceptions. These exceptions are the two 2.5" bays, and the area where the PSU is located. I was also pleased to see that the Mini Skeleton was accommodating enough to fit an IDE drive, because that's what I'm still using. I found that it's extremely hard to connect power to the drive when it's installed in the drive bay, so make sure you do that before installing your ODD.
Installing the HDD was actually somewhat difficult. Every single one of the Mini Skeleton's drive bays are meant to be used with 2.5" HDD's. In other words if you don't have any laptop hard drives you're screwed. The Mini Skeleton is able to hold two external 2.5" bays, so I decided to attach my standard size HDD externally as well. I did this by mounting the HDD to the Skeletons side grill. This not only worked, but in my opinion, looked rather cool as well.
I was surprised at how few problems I had installing my hardware, especially with such a small case. I thought the end result actually looked kind of cool, albeit a tad bit messy. Then again there's not really a place to hide the wires, because the whole case is open anyway.
Now that we've got all the hardware installed, let's see how this baby performs!