Building in the Armor A30
Here’s our A30 with the Motherboard installed. Yes, we know the CPU Cooler is dirty! This is my personal HTPC setup featuring a Pentium 4 and an HD2400 AGP card. Perfect for 1080P playback considering all I had to buy was the graphics card. Installing the motherboard was straight forward enough. You line it up with the center peg of the motherboard standoffs and then screw it into place.
With the components installed inside the A30 I really am only limited to a few complaints, but they are big ones at that. Cable management is not easy, and putting the parts in is a rather delicate procedure. On the other hand, the modularity of this case made it easier to install components, compared to a case like the original Lanbox that this one is based on.
Remember before when I said that installing a CPU Cooler of only 90mm is going to limit you? Well, that’s a fact. As you can see from the picture that even a basic stock cooler gets very close to the PSU section. With a bit of searching I found that the Thermalright AXP-140
will be your best option in a low profile cooler. You will have to get a slim fan like the Scythe Jyuni Slim
Now, let’s get onto testing those fans.