Apevia X-QBOII Black Case ReviewSagittaria - April 14, 2008
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Installing hardware is pretty straight forward, especially in this case. First, I installed the micro-ATX motherboard with the pre-installed standoffs and included screws. Then, I grabbed a spare 120mm fan and a couple 80mms from storage and slapped them in. Funnily enough, Apevia decided to only include one set of fan screws, despite there being three open fan mounts and no fans. Again, I had to go back and scrounge up some screws.
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Socket 775 Micro ATX GA-73VM-S2 (nVidia 610i)
- RAM: Crucial Tracer DDR2 800 2x1GB
- Video Card: eVGA 8800GTS 640MB
- Optical: NEC-3550A IDE DVD±R
- Optical: Pioneer A06 IDE DVD±R
- Hard Drive: 1xSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11
- Power Supply: Apevia 500W WIN-500XSPX (Included)
I installed the hard drive with the included drive bay rails into the removed HDD cage, and replaced the cage back into the case. I also installed my two black optical drives and found out how the securing mechanisms work. I simply slid the drives in, pulled the entire blue rail to the left, and pushed the lock down. The difference between secured and unsecured is shown below; a pretty handy mechanism!
Afterwards, I installed the CPU and heatsink, memory, and my trusty 8800GTS. The X-QBOII fit the card perfectly, with a little room to spare for a slightly longer 8800GTX, just like the package said. Sadly, I could not fit my huge Tuniq Tower heatsink into the case, as it came into contact with the side-panel fan. But this build is still going to pack a punch when it's finished!
Finally, I finished the build! Looks pretty cool, right?
I encountered no problems during installation, and I especially liked the optical bay mechanisms.