Streacom BC1 Open Air Chassis
The BC1 is made to be toolless and straightforward, and as you see here, there are only a few fastener options that make finding the right one for your needs will be as simple as threading it in place. This significant Aluminum component is one of the legs of the BC1. The leg helps to hold several of the standoffs while being transported and even while in use. The thumbscrews come in two flavors, one being coarse (6#32), while the other is fine threaded (M3).
The two more protracted standoff looking pegs are taller standoffs with one being a push pin style allowing easy installation and removal of motherboards while the other will use M3 thumbscrews to more firmly attach or lock the motherboard to the bench. Those same threaded standoffs also are used to install the PCIe card supports you see up top, as they will simply not reach the card if they are installed directly into the bench table. Lastly, in the very center, we have the cooling bracket piece, which will use one end to screw to the bench, while the other hole will line up with cooling parts to hold them in place on your testbench.
Here we installed one of each fastener to show how they can be installed. Most users will likely use the rightmost pushpin style standoff as it allows quick swapping of boards as the occasion calls for it. The standoff to the left is the threaded unit, which can be used to lock the motherboard into place, or it can also support the GPU support rods/brackets. The center screws secured into the recess in the base plate is used to fasten the feet to the main tray. Lastly, we see the cooling bracket arm in place, there are four of these, and they support spacing from 80mm to 140mm, supporting up to 5KG or 240mm, according to Streacom's spec sheet.
Without reading the instructions, as I usually do, I found that installing the GPU mounting rods into the base of the BC1 works great in theory until you need to use it. Then you quickly realize its about one standoff length too short to fasten to the GPU I/O. This is one of those moments where even if you have done this for a long time, and it pays off to view the manual.
The PSU uses the coarse threaded thumbscrews to fasten the PSU to one of the bench legs, and it becomes part of the build at this point.
Here we see the quick release or "pushpin" standoffs as Streacom calls them. While I do not think these are appropriate for many chassis-based builds, I do wish that more test bench options came with these or even offered them. I am betting several people would adopt these for their case-based builds as well.
Here we get a peek at how you mount storage to the BC1, and as I mentioned previously, you can see that the two thumbscrews insert through the slotted holes through the main plate. Once there, you can fasten the 2.5" or 3.5" drives in place so they will be part of the bench and, therefore, no pieces scattered about during operation. Do keep in mind that storage space is at a premium, and two total drives can be mounted here, except for M.2, of course.
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