Installation and Case Cooling

I had to do a few prepatory things before I could install our mid-range, P55-based gaming system in the Tempest 410 Elite. One of those things was moving the back panel’s 120mm fan to the top panel of the case to make room for our Corsair H50 watercooling unit. Adding a "blowhole" fan is also a great way to help improve airflow in a PC case.


Next, I removed the PCI slot covers for the graphics card and installed the motherboard standoffs to mount the mainboard. NZXT made mounting standoffs easy when they included a small nut driver with a Phillips screw head to secure the standoffs.


I moved on to install our Antec 650W modular power supply using four thumbscrews. I’m glad most vendors have moved the PSU to the bottom of the case, which makes cable management a more pleasant experience.


Next, I installed the motherboard and system memory in the Tempest 410 Elite using nine screws that NZXT included in the accessories box.


After the motherboard was mounted, I secured the H50’s radiator to the back panel of the case using four thumb screws. (Note: I used my own thumb screws that are not included with the accessories to make installation go faster.)


I moved on to installing my primary solid state drive and secondary hard drive using two of the plastic hard drive cages. This process was very familar to me and the drive cage snapped right onto the four screw sockets on the 3.5" hard drive perfectly.


Mounting a 2.5" solid state drive to the plastic hard drive cage is a little more involved because I had to remove a couple of the rubber grommets and metal pins to secure the SSD with four screws through the bottom of the cage. This wasn’t as cumbersome as it sounds and I had the SSD installed in a few minutes.


After plugging in all the power and data cables, I was finally able to install my MSI 460GTX 1GB graphics card using two thumbscrews.


After only 35 minutes, I was able to prep and install all my hardware components in the Tempest 410 Elite. I didn’t get a chance to do all the cable management functions I would normally do with my PCs, but you can see there is plenty of room around the hardware for our airflow system to function properly. I booted up my system and was getting 29c to 30c temps on my Intel i7-860 2.8GHz processor under idle conditions. During PC gaming and video transcoding, my core temps jumped to 47c to 53c, which is excellent for this processor using a Corsair H50. 


Lastly, I wanted to show our readers how the Tempest Elite 410 looks with the side window attached. I actually like the odd shape of the window and it definitely adds some awesomeness to a very unflashy, but highly-functional and minimalist case.

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