Through a conspiracy of events
I found myself going home a day earlier than planned and got a free Saturday before my family skiing trip. The family also happened to have other plans so I locked myself into the home office and started the build.
So the system is almost complete now; all that remains to be done is to install the FloppyDTV TV tuner - which has a CAM slot for encryption card and really should be installed in a PCI slot or external floppy bay so that the card slot can be reached from outside the case. This is not possible in the 312 because the card is full height and there is no external floppy bay. So the plan is to install the tuner card in one of the hard drive bays which means the card slot won't be accessible, but that's a minor inconvenience.
The build turned out to be easier than expected - the Moncaso 312 chassis is very well designed and considering the limited height and depth it turned out to be really easy to work with.
Unfortunately I ran into 2 problems:
- The Nexus LOW-7000 cooler, which is a perfect match for this mobo because the fan reaches over the NB heatsink, did not fit because it did't leave enough rom for the LG GGC-H20L BD/HD DVD drive. No room for the SATA connectors. So I had to revert back to the stock Intel cooler.
- The Gigabyte Odin GT 550W PSU that I had purchased did not work with the Gigabyte GA-G7AM-DS2H motherboard. It powered off when the Windows installation had just gotten started. It also powered off evey time I exited the BIOS settings. In the end I replaced it with another (a lot cheaper) PSU that I had lying around. So either the Gigabyte PS is incompatible with this mobo or I had received a broken unit.
Other than these 2 snafus the build went fine. Here are some pictures; they are quick unedited snapshots so my apologies for not posting Ansel Adams class stuff.
Why doesn't this site scale images?
Nice looking box. The case cost me 250 euros including shipping from pc-cooling.de
Small accessory box inside with remote control, screws, and manual.
And the box did contain the right case...
The Nexus cooler would have helped cool the NB... (: Alas, that was not to be.
And with the hard drive and optical drive cages removed. From left the volume control board, card reader, front ports, and IR/power module.
Here's what it looked like with the mobo installed, still with the Nexus cooler. As you can see not a lot of room for the optical drive between the cooler and the front of the case.
VelociRaptor hard drive mounted in its cage.
Hard drive from a different angle.
So the Nexus cooler went out and the Intel stock cooler replaced it. A lot more room now.
The case comes with a power adapter so the system can be powered on/off from the remote. This turned out to be a godsend because my motherboard's ATX power connector ends up right under the optical drive and there is very little room. Many PSU connectors are very large and inflexible, such as the one on the Gigabyte PSU I first installed.
And finally, here we are with everything installed and ready for software installation.
Will post a couple more pics when I have the tuner card installed.