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Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Computer Case

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Installation

My equipment list for this build reads as follows:

Intel P4 EE 3.46GHz
Asus ATX SLI motherboard
2 qty. Nvidia 9800GX2 SLI video cards running in Quad SLI
4GB of RAM
Maxtor PATA hard drive
Antec TruePower Quattro 800w

I did something on this build that I had never done… and I’m glad I did. Prior to installing of the stuff into the case, I took a test power supply unit and attached it to the molex that supplies all of the fans. I wanted to see how good these fans looked and how loud they were with NOTHING in the case. Well, I powered up the case, and the front fan did not work. So, I set to work pulling apart the case to reach that front controller board. To get to it, I had to unbolt the top exhaust fan, pop the inner tabs on the top plastics, and ease that top piece off…

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All 3 fans are attached to that little board on the left, and I simply removed and reattached the fans. Whammo! All 3 fans were working. I bring this up because I went out to NewEgg and looked at some of the other people that have bought this unit, and a couple of them had the same issue. A couple minutes of time and some careful, deliberate disassembly could likely save you a bunch of time waiting on a replacement. Granted, the fans should work out of the box… but if they don’t, you can do what I had to do, or you *may* be able to reach the connections with some needle nose pliers while the whole thing is still installed. It should just take a little movement to make the connection joint solid again.

Ok…  so now that I know that the whole case is working as it is supposed to, I started installing my hardware, used the enclosed standoffs and matching *black* screws (thank you again for another non gleeming way to install the components!), installed everything but the video cards. I knew they were going to obscure a lrge portion of the motherboard, so I wanted all of my connections done *before* (yeah, cuz I’m smart like that) I covered them up with the video cards! I took about 45 minutes planning and working on my PSU cabling and all of the rest of my connections. I know there is more wrangling that can be done, but for 45 minutes of work, this looked damn good! Clean airflow, minimal obstructions.

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Hard drive installation was dreamy and easy.

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And with all of the little hidden areas to tuck extra cabling, it was like a fun game of hide and go seek. Easily, one of the most pleasurable build experiences I have *ever* had. Not one of those scenarios where I would start building then be stuck with cables somewhere I did not want, or I could not fit, or the area did not have enough space…. everything I bumped into had a good and workable solution with a little thought.

All in all… I have no complaints, except for the initial front fan not working, but that was easily remedied.

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