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InWin BL631 mATX Case
By: jkabaseball
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    2009-05-29

    Table of Contents:
  • InWin BL631 mATX Case
  • Putting it Together
  • More Components
  • Usage

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    InWin BL631 mATX Case - Putting it Together


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    The first step is putting the hard drive and DVD burner into place. One of the great points of this case is that the part that holds the drives is removable. By flipping the two levers, the whole cage removes from the case. Once it's removed, there isn't much left of the case.

    Putting the drives in is pretty easy. Screwing them in is a little harder. Screwing in a 3.5" device is impossible. I'm not even sure where the screws go. I can't seem to get near the cage it's in, only the outer shell of the cage.

    The 5.25" drive is a little better. I was able to get one side of the drive screwed down.

    The next step is to install the motherboard. As I mentioned in the introduction, it's a mATX case, so it will only fit a mATX motherboard; luckily this is what I have. I was able to get the backplate on fairly easy, but if you look carefully, the cutout appears to be a little sloppy. It's nothing major, I'm just nitpicking.

    Next we'll take a look at the motherboard mounts. I'm a little worried at the mounts. They are metal and look like they may make too much contact with the motherboard and cause it to short circuit. I didn't experience any issues, but that's not to say I won't ever, or anyone else won't.

    After getting it into the case, I went to screw the motherboard down. This was an issue. The holes on the motherboard and the holes on the case don't line up perfectly, meaning that I can only put in two or three screws. It's not the best-machined motherboard in the world I guess. The holes weren't terribly off -- it seemed like it was designed for a different form factor -- but they were off enough for me to not be able to screw it down very well. Sadly, this wasn't the end of my issues either.


    Now I was ready to get that cage for the drives back onto the case. I thought it would be difficult, but actually it wasn't that hard. But I encountered an issue when I tried connecting all the drives up to the motherboard. The issue was that the cords had to really twist around. The area got really cramped really fast. Adding to this was the ATX power connection.

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