Installation

Note: The SilverStone CW01 multimedia server case is not designed to be tool-free.  All of the various component parts are secured with screws so you will need a good set of screw drivers, including one long handle small head Philips.  A complete HTPC was installed in the CW01 enclosure to test the ease of installation and to see how well everything fit.  The following components were used in the build.  This is one of my older HTPC systems but it has the advantage of having lots of PCI slots for multimedia expansion cards and multiple PVR cards if desired.

    • Asus K8N-E Deluxe nForce3-250 motherboard
    • AMD Athlon64 3200+ (0.13 mm Newcastle core)
    • (2) Corsair CMX512-3200C2  DDR RAM
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    • ATI HDTV Wonder tuner card
    • Audigy 2 ZS 7.1 sound card
    • WD800JB IDE HDD
    • Sony 16X DVD

    Power Supply

    For a power supply I choose the very capable and quiet SilverStone high-efficiency ST-50EF Plus PSU.  You can read our review here.  There is plenty of room behind the power supply so a higher capacity (longer) unit could be used if desired.

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    The ST-50EF Plus can be mounted with the large, bottom intake fan facing into the case or facing to the outside.  When facing in, the power supply will assist the two rear case fans with exhausting warm air out of the case and enhance the overall case cooling.  This can potentially make the power supply fan run a little faster and generate more noise but in my case it didn’t seem to make any difference. Positioning the PSU so the fan is to the outside, draws cool air directly into the power supply for the quietest operation.

    Optional Cooling Fans

    I mounted two low-speed 80mm fans in the fan housing below the HDD rack.  These fans pull air in thru the bottom vents and help increase the overall airflow thru the case.  As we will see later, using four low speed fans (or fans operating at reduced voltage) can still provide good cooling while being virtually silent.

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    HDD Installation

    The SilverStone CW01 enclosure is designed to mount up to five 3.5′ internal drives in the removable drive bay.  The drive cage is held in place by four screws, which require a long handle small head Philips screwdriver to remove.  For our test installation I mounted three drives in the rack.  There is adequate spacing between the drives for good airflow and any empty slots can be used to tidy up extra wires.

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    Optical Drive

    The two exposed 5.25′ drive bays are designed to mount most any tray-loading optical drive of your choice.  The size and layout of the drive tray must fit within the constraints of spring-loaded doors though.  The 5.25′ drive bay housing can be easily removed by loosening two screws on the bottom and removing one screw on top.

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    The contact position of the activation button can be adjusted slightly from the backside of the front bezel.  It is important to position the drives so both the activation button and tray mechanism operate smoothly — be sure to test this before you have everything closed up.

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