LanCool PC-K59 Midtower Case

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Assembling a system in the PC-K59 is a straight forward affair. Much of the process is tool-less except for the mounting the motherboard, and getting the screws into hard drives prior to installation. Our test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar Black 1TB hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

To install a hard drive, screws are first threaded through rubber grommets and secured to the drive.

The drive is slid into the rails and a metal bar is utilized to block the channels to keep drives from falling out accidentally. The bar slides up and down on the interior of the cage and uses a single thumbscrew to keep it in place.

A metal locking system is also employed to keep expansion cards secure. Some rubber padding is included to ensure sufficient tension.

Power supply installation can also be tool-less by using the included metal belt, however the manual states screws should be used if the case is to be transported.

Our HD 4870 test system, fully installed. The second intake fan was moved to the top as it was unnecessary to cool a single hard drive. There was 5.4 cm of space to the right of the graphics card, making the total clearance about 29.5 cm, but of course the hard drive cage can be removed for extra 10+ cm. There was a 1.7 cm gap above our FZ120 CPU cooler, making heatsink clearance an ample 17.3 cm.

The plastic spine takes care of the thinner cables and there are just enough hooks on the back of the motherboard tray to fasten the thicker power cords with twist-ties.

A single demure blue LED indicates that the system is operational. Nothing flashy — just the way we like it.

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