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Written by Mathew Williams   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Silverstone LC10B-E HTPC Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Interior Features

So far the SilverStone LC10B-E is shaping up to be a great HTPC case. The interior is well-designed, supports a variety of hardware, and offers a number of configuration options. Let's see if this holds true during our installation.

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Motherboard and power supply installation are fairly routine, following the same process as most other cases. The only difference with the LC10B-E compared to a regular installation is the configuration of the drive bays. The first step is to remove the screws from the top and slide them out. At this point, you may want to snip out the steel paneling covering the front fan mounts as well.

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With the 3.5" drive cages out of the case, you can secure your hard drive with the included screws. If you plan on adding your own intake fans, though, I recommend attaching these first. It's much more difficult with the drives already installed.

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The 5.25" drive bay follows a similar process, but with one important exception: you need to test fit the drive before picking the mounting holes. There are several in a row to correct for variations among different optical drives and it's important to determine which ones work best for your system. While test fitting the drive, be sure to check that the exterior eject button makes contact with the drive's eject button, but doesn't hold it down when not depressed.

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With all of the components installed, it's time to run the necessary cables. The SilverStone LC10B-E comes with the usual power and reset switch wires, as well as power and hard drive LEDs. Also included are the front I/O cables, which in this case amount to a firewire cable, USB cable, and HD/AC '97 audio cable--all of which connect to internal headers on the motherboard.



 

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