NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Chassis - Phantom 820 Installation

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NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Chassis
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Phantom 820 Installation
Testing the Phantom 820

Installation:

After seeing everything the Phantom 820 has to offer, I'm chomping at the bit to get my components in here and fire this baby up. 

The hardware that comes with the Phantom 820 is neatly organized in a handy plastic case. This is a cool little feature since most cases just have the hardware in bags. This case also has a dual use as it holds all unused expansion slot covers from the rear, so no more losing them as I tend to do. 

Hardware Handy Hardware
   
HD Tray HD Tray Attached

I'm going to get my hard drive attached to the screwless rail system and slide it into the quick release bay. I also want to get my wires somewhat sorted out to make it easier when I'm plugging everything in.

This case more than accommodated my EATX Motherboard. I found that the stand-offs, for attaching my motherboard, were already secured in place from the factory. If I needed extra stand-offs for a different motherboard the hardware was included. The motherboard mounting plate was also stamped with a guide to tell you where the stand-offs are required for any form factor it supported. Also, there were no issues fitting my NZXT Havik 120 CPU cooler even with the left side fan installed. 

Mobo Stamp CD Slide
   
Quick Release Thumb Screws

Installing my DVD drive was made really simple with the NZXT's quick release latch; I just had to pop the latch and slide in my DVD drive and close the latch. It seemed pretty secure but I still attached a screw on the opposite side out of habit. 

Instead of a latching mechanism or tiny screws, the Phantom 820 incorporates thumb-screws for securing cards in the expansion slots. I found this to be much more secure and convenient than other methods. 
 
Routing was made easy due to the abundance of routing ports. Each port had plenty of room for whatever wires I ran through them and more. Anyone that has had issues in the past with trying to pass too many wires through a small port will not encounter it with this case. This abundance made wiring everything up a cinch. They also allowed me to keep my wiring clean and out of view behind the motherboard.  The right side also had tie-bases stamped all over the place to provide a solution for anyone's routing needs. 
 
Routing Inside Routing

 

Overall, I found the installation inside this case to be a breeze. The case came with detailed instructions detailing how to remove all the panels, and even had a diagram telling you what hardware was in the included hardware case. I took my time and many breaks and had this case installed and running in a couple of hours. I don’t think NZXT could have made the process any easier because everything I needed was right in front of me and very straight forward.  

On the next page we'll cover some information about testing this case before we draw our final conclusions.