Overall, it was a pretty easy build. I got it up and running with no drives. Since I am moving, I decided not to start pre clearing as I will have to unplug it and move it. I haven't even powered it up with the drives in it yet. Once I start pre clearing, I will update again. For now, I'll show the build process. Also, a link to the whole album with full-res images on imgur. Full Imgur album
Well, here it all is. This is pretty much everything, just waiting to be ripped open.
This Lian Li case is great. From the outside, it's so clean and simple. On the inside, it's packed full of features. You can look more photos up on this case if you want.
It even looks good from the back. Here is all the hot swap bay connections.
Here's what comes in that little white box inside the case.
So let's begin building!
Unboxing the motherboard (minus the metal mounting tray from the case).
Mounting the MoBo to the removable case tray.
Unboxing the CPU.
CPU and Fan/Heatsink all attached.
LoVo Ram, ready to go.
Ram loaded onto the motherboard.
The unboxed PSU. Somewhat regretting that I didn't buy a modular, but it works.
The case has a bracket that you mount to the PSU in order to attach it to the case.
I had to remove the long CX430 stickers from the sides in order for the PSU to fit. Thats how tight it is, but it fits!
And here is the back side. You can see the open space quickly fading away.
Now for the fun part: connecting it all. I realized later on that I forgot the ATX-12V connector (doh!). Scared myself for a minute...
I got a little carried away connecting everything and forgot to take some pictures.
You get the idea though, here it all is installed and connected. I liked that the PSU had one cable with 3 Molex connectors, that way I could just run one cable to the hot swap bays.
You'll also notice that I removed the tray at the bottom of the case. I was having trouble getting the MoBo back in and once I took out that bottom tray (two thumb-screws), I was able to slide it right in.
From the other side, you can see how it's all connected and managed with the PSU removed. Not bad, if I do say so myself.
With the PSU back in and the extra cables tucked away, it cleans up pretty nicely.
Fingerprints everywhere. Oh well……
Last shot of the back of the MoBo, I swear!
Okay, one more. But this is really to show the backside of the case and the connections. You can see my tiny USB drive in there.
Final shot of cable management before the drives go in.
Not too much to look at on the outside…just the way I like it.
The drive just slid right out of here.
So here's what I'll be running. Not the best, but eh.
Drive number two.
Just as easy.
Attaching the drive rails.
Two drives in. 3TB parity, 3TB data so far.
A little size comparison. It's insanely small.
All closed up. Full Imgur album