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Antec Fusion Black 430 Media Center Case & A/V Cooler Review



The first thing that I like to do when I’m installing components into a brand new case is to first make sure the motherboard standoffs are correctly in place. In the Antec Fusion Black 430 case, the only supported motherboard format is MicroATX. After the standoffs are in the correct place, I slide in my motherboard and securely fasten it into place. I went ahead and put my CPU, heatsink, and RAM into place.





Next, I install the hard drives. To do this, unscrew the top of the hard drive cage and insert your hard drives parallel to the front face plate. Once they are installed, place the top back onto the hard drive cage and screw it securely into place.



The optical drives are next to install. Remove the optical drive cage and insert your drives. Screw them securely into place and once they are, you can put the cage back where it belongs. Remember, you can only have one CD/DVD ROM drive because there is only one door for the tray to come out.





The last thing I do is hook up all of the power connectors and connect the LCD and front panel connectors to the motherboard. Don’t forget to hook up the 120mm fans within the case! Looks a little messy but still pretty good, doesn’t it?



Now let’s power this case up and configure the LCD panel.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case & Working Components)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components Cont.)
  4. Closer Look (Power Supply)
  5. Closer Look (A/V Cooler)
  6. Installation
  7. Installation (A/V Cooler)
  8. Configuration
  9. Specifications & Features
  10. Testing
  11. Testing (Motherboard, CPU & Case Temperatures)
  12. Conclusion
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