APEVIA X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case ReviewDesja - February 14, 2008
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Anytime I install my components into a new rig, I put my motherboard in first; I find it makes it easier to move around inside the case. Some choose to do the PSU first, which makes sense if you do not want to slip and drop a heavy power supply onto your motherboard. Removing your RAM before installing your motherboard is also a recommended step. The less you have to catch on corners the less chance you will ruin your components. First thing's first, you need to install the correct standoff pattern before you do anything else; putting your standoffs in the wrong place can cause you to short out your motherboard. When in doubt...all motherboards come with a manual these days; use it!
The next thing I do is start plugging in the USB and power switch/LED cables directly to the motherboard. The Apevia X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case has an internal thermometer; you will want to place this cable whereever you want to read a temperature. I decided to put it under my expansion cards, which should provide a more accurate reading of ambient temperature not affected by CPU or CPU radiant heat.
When I installed my PSU, I noticed there is quite a bit of room for my PSU. Granted, my PSU is small, but I believe a lot of the mammoth PSU's on the market wouldn’t have any problems fitting in this case. The next thing I do is install my hard drive and DVD drive and plug in all the SATA and power connectors needed for the PC to function correctly. As you can see, the hard drive rails just slip into the pre-drilled holes on the hard drive and slide into the hard drive bay. For the DVD drive, the optical bay slider is slid forward into place and the drive is locked into its position.
As you can see, there is quite a bit of room left in this case. There is more than enough room for an 8800GTX, even though this is not a full size tower. The front panel has a fan controller, two USB, one firewire, one mic port, and one headphones port, which are all plugged into the PSU and motherboard.
The Apevia X-Telstar Jr. G Type Case looks awesome all lit up. The front LCD tells me the voice unit rating from 1-100, what percentage I have my fans running at, and what my 5V and 12V are running at, on top of looking cool. The design looks very impressive in the dark, but I have to shut the door to my office because the PC is too bright at night. As a bonus, it is blue and as you know, blue rocks; in my opinion anyways.
Let's test this case out and see if these fans really do what they are supposed to.