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Element Q Installation Details
Now that you've installed pretty much all you need, it's time to make some connections. In the Antec ISK310-150 review , cable management was really awful. Basically, in Mini-ITX cases you can't expect lot's of space for cable management. As for the Element Q, you really need to connect al the cables before installing the PSU. Otherwise, you won't be able to fit your hand trough the chassis to connect the S-ATA or 4-pin CPU connector.
This is the right moment to connect all the drives and front panel connectors to the motherboard too. So please, do it before installing your PSU or you'll need to take it off again to make the proper connections.
Have a closer look at the S-ATA and 24-pin ATX connectors. If you installed the sided-bay HDD, you won't be able to disconnect them as the hard drive will interfere with the clips. That means that if you want to change the motherboard, you'll need to uninstall the side-drive too. This only happens on H55 mini-ITX boards and not on ION-based motherboards which offer a different location for the 24-pin ATX connector.
Here's a photo of the side-hard drive connectors and cables. You can easily hide them below the optical drive.
Finally, you can put back the PSU to make the final arrangements. It doesn't look as messy as other Mini-ITX cases, does it?
In this last picture, we want to show you how near the CPU heatsink is to the PSU. The power supply is practically sited on top of the heatsink, so any other heatsink won't do the work unless being low-profile. The SFX PSU has a 80mm fan on the lower side, so it will exhaust all the CPU heat trough the PSU and finally to the rear of the Element Q. It might not be the best way, but at least there's some airflow in there.