Case Build & Finished Product Continued
Before mounting the pump head to the CPU, we mounted the 240mm radiator to the universal vertical brackets. Then we could adjust as needed to find the optimal fitment within the confines of the DA2 with the other components installed.
Usually, I would adjust the radiator to the left a bit more so the airflow from the fans will also blow directly on the motherboard to help cool the passive bits. This time I had to move it a bit right as space was tight enough that touting the tubing was tough. The tubing is the harder plastic-type like some AIO's have, and so it had to be re-routed upwards near the PSU then down to the pump head.
We fed the PSU some power, and it came to life on the first press with no issues, which is always a welcome result. You can see the motherboard RGB reflecting through the back panel, which does shine outwardly if you are planning to build in this and be aware or use the BIOS or software to disable lights or adjust to your preference.
Buttoned the panels up and ensured I had the filter on the side with the AIO to stop as much dust as possible from entering the case and AIO fans. One thing you instantly notice is that with all of it buttoned up, it looks the same as it did when we first unboxed it, clean and simple. You would have no idea we actually had a full hardcore gaming rig ready to run in this tiny enclosure.
Here we see the system powered on, and as you can see, the only indication anything is happening is the tiny pinhole illumination offered by the power button. That little white dot is the power LED, and while the camera may make it look almost invisible, it is easy to see but not overly bright or glaring.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST