Cooler Master CMedia 282 Case Reviewccokeman - September 24, 2007
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Because this case supports a full size ATX motherboard, that is what will be installed. In addition to that, the case has the room for full-size graphics cards. It looks like the ATI 1900XT gets the call for this job. Installing the components in this enclosure should provide little in the way of excitement, since it will be like working on a traditional mid-tower case. Some additional work needs to be done to hook up the included LCD, but that's just part of the process.
While not all of the items listed below are the latest and greatest, they are a decent start on an HTPC!
- Processor: AMD Opteron 148
- Motherboard: DFI NF4 Ultra-D
- Memory: 2 x 1024 Gskill HZ DDR500
- Video Card(s): ATI 1900XT
- Power Supply: Enermax EG465p
- Hard Drive:1 x 40gb Maxtor
- Opticals: Pioneer A04 DVD-RW
- O/S: Windows XP Service Pack 2
The first thing that was installed was the optical drive. The top optical drive slot allows for a recessed mounting to stealth a DVD-ROM drive. Insert the drive, and secure the drive in place with the tool-less mounting hardware. The front bezel had to be removed in order to do this, since the drive would not slide in from the back of the drive cage. This way the bezel would not have to be removed later during the install process once the wiring was ready to be connected.
The power supply mounts a little differently than the normal configuration in this enclosure. Normally the power supply is used as additional ventilation to help exhaust hot air out of the enclosure. On this enclosure it mounts with the power supply air intake pulling fresh air into the unit, and exhausting the hot air out the back of the enclosure. It does not help in ventilating the enclosure at all, but if the power supply has a thermal sensor, this can reduce noise output making the viewing experience much more enjoyable, not to mention quieter.
With the optical drive and power supply out of the way, it's time to put the motherboard in. I usually pre-install the CPU and heatsink before installing the motherboard into the chassis. Once the motherboard is in place, it can be secured in place with the provided screws.
Install the hard drive(s) by removing the two screws holding the hard drive cage in place, and remove it by lifting up and out. Install the drive into the cage using the supplied shouldered screws and secure the cage back into place with the two mounting screws.
Make all of the wire connections and install the expansion cards that will be used. Install the system memory, double check all of the wiring connections, and the case is ready for use.