Thermaltake Kandalf LCS CaseFormer staff writer - April 5, 2007
Installing the components was not as bad as I had thought, as the case is virtually tool-less. It did take me a little more time than I am normally used to, but that is to be expected when dealing with a liquid cooled case. My main concern was leaks, so after attaching the waterblock to the motherboard and installing all the hoses, I ran the system just to make sure it was leak free.
Some motherboards have metal back plates to secure the fan clips, while others use a plastic back plate. Luckily mine had a metal back plate, allowing me to forgo having to remove it and replace it with the 3m tape and plate provided just in case. All that was needed to do, was to remove the top fan connector that surrounds the CPU and attach the waterblock using the I-Bracket and four screws provided.
Installation of the power supply and the internal and external drives are not time consuming at all. The external and internal drives slide in and since the system is tool-less, everything went in within about 45 seconds. The only components that needed screws were the power supply and the hard drives, which fit inside their own removable bay insert.
The motherboard tray is very large and this makes it easy to work with. Once I screwed in the standoffs and attached the I/O plate for my motherboard, I had no problem hiding wires behind the motherboard and since there were two slotted holes on the tray, I was even able to bring the external USB and Firewire cords behind the plate and through the openings to hide them.