Date: November 15th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Aerocool / MyDreamingPC.com
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
Before we start putting this bitch together, here's a close up of a frame bar. Sliders fit in between those grooves.
Well, I'm as ready as I'm going to get. I know that you can build just about anything with these kits, although you are limited by how many pieces you get in the box. I decided to play it safe for my first try, and follow the enclosed instructions. I'm certain a lot of people do the same to get a feel for the case, so I figured this would be the best way to approach this review.
From the Lubic website:
"If you have limited experience with building your own computer, you may spend at least 5-8 hours in order to become familiar with all components and build the LUBIC concept case."
For the sake of those who do not know me, I am a computer/LAN technician for the Canadian federal government. I build/repair computers at the office on a regular basis. I have modded cases, built acrylic cases, and am not a fool. I say that because I went into this project feeling like a reasonably intelligent man… only to discover I'm a bumbling idiot.
Regardless, let's get this case going.
I followed the manual which demonstrates how to build a desktop case. Frankly, I don't see much of a point owing a desktop that you cannot sit a monitor on… but I'll reserve that bitching for later. I assembled the base with the 352mm bars and the corner brackets. FYI, there are two different corner brackets. Don't make the same mistake I made… use the proper brackets.
The next step is to make a square. Now, the manual (as you will soon discover) is utterly horrible. At this point, they should tell you that you should not try to make a perfect square. This is a hard thing to describe, so I made a quick sketch in Photoshop of how you should arrange the bars.
Because you need to insert a bar later to hold the motherboard, you need to set up the base like this so that the bar fits. Just a little something left out of the manual… fairly annoying if you've put the whole thing together just to discover that you can't fit a bar in there for the motherboard.
So here you place the 192mm bars into each corner. There's a fair bit of screwing involved here. You need to slip sliders into each bar and screw the brackets to these sliders… and that is how the bars remain secure.
A couple points to note here. The corner brackets are coated to protect them from scratches. You can remove these sheaths before or after installation… if you wait until after though, you will have to loosen each screw a bit to slide the sheath off from under it.