Thermaltake WingRS 100 ReviewDesja - December 19, 2007
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In order to put the I/O plate in, I needed to remove the fan from the case. I only had to put in 2 standoffs to line up my motherboard and install it. I like to install my motherboard first before my PSU. Others may do it the other way around. I do not like having to maneuver around my PSU when attaching the motherboard to the chassis. After the motherboard is in place, I install my system memory. The less you have in the way to catch on the corners and in turn ruin your PC, the better. Next I install the case front panel cables to my motherboard. The length of the front panel audio connections were not as long as some I have seen. The factory routing left them too short to make the connections to the motherboard, so I had to clip some of the tie straps and re-run it through my hard drive bay section. Installing the peripherals correctly is the most important part of a new case install - always check the motherboard manual and make sure everything is correct for the power switch, speakers, HDD LED, and reset button. One thing I noticed is that this case does not have an internal speaker, so for those of you without the creepy Asus lady POST, you won't hear your POST unless you install a case speaker. You will also notice how close the 120mm fan is to the CPU heatsink. With an after-market CPU cooler, this may be an issue.
I then started running my power cables, installing my hard drive, and optical drive. There is plenty of room behind the side panel to run the cables behind, which is nice for a cleaner case. As I mentioned before, the case uses quick release fasteners to hold the HDD and optical drives in place, which is quick and easy.
In order to install my optical drive, I had to punch out a hole by removing a thin piece of aluminum from the drive back. I also had to remove the black plastic cover from the drive bay. I then slid the drive in place and fastened it into place with the supplied tooless fastener and plugged in the SATA and SATA power connectors.
On this particular case, there is a front panel audio input/output and USB ports. In order to make them function, I needed to consult my motherboard’s manual to find the audio and USB ports positions on my board.
Installing my video card was easy after removing the PCI slot cover - just slide the card into place. I then installed my Creative Fatal1ty sound card, slid the PCI slot arm into place and tightened down the thumbscrew. If you are the nervous type or like me you are rough on your video and audio cards you may want to remove the arm and tighten the PCI cards in place individually.
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