|Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011|
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Lancool PC-K63 System Build
Ok, we have talked enough about the PC-K63 case and now it is time to put some hardware inside and take some temperatures to see how well it performs.
I generally start By putting in the PSU, this is made super easy by the PSU clamp. I really cannot state how much of a good little feature this is, it's so simple yet so effective. With the clamp locked down there is no need to secure your PSU with screws but if you want peace of mind then it really doesn't take too long to attach four screws.
Next up I prepared my hard drives for mounting in the rack, this is a tool free process even with the smaller screws as the rubber makes it like a thumb screw. There are two different rubber grommets and two different screws in use here, the 2.5" drive on top uses the larger rubber grommet and the smaller screw and the 3.5" drive on the bottom uses the smaller rubber grommet and the larger screw.
Now we get to mount it in the rack, this is super simple as I explained before. As you will see in the next images I have suspended my 2.5" drive upside down due to it being thicker than a standard 2.5" drive and it got in the way of replacing the rack in the case. This means that it is likely quite possible to mount six 2.5" drives instead of the four quoted by Lancool.
Everything else goes in pretty straight forward and as I said before cable routing is really taken care of with this case. Behind the motherboard tray we have a 1/2 inch gap to accommodate even the thickest of cables so no worries there Ed. I'm quite sure that with more time I could tidy this up even more but I'm not submitting an entry to MDPC so I don't really care too much how it looks back here, the most important part is the front so let's go take a look.
I actually took this picture before the one above so those with a keen eye will notice some inconsistencies, even with these present I still reckon I have done a pretty good job of tucking the cables out of sight. This is important mainly to improve airflow and to have nice looks, after all the side window is huge and all this is on show.
There we have it then, all the goodies are inside and we are powered up. Shame my camera cant capture the true color without blurring out, the fans provide a much more vibrant glow than is shown here. One idea I had but have yet to execute is to swap the top exhaust fans with the front intake fans, this would create a nicer effect inside the case due to the LED's in the intake fans and at the same time draw attention away from the outside of the case where a more stealthy effect is desired.