Now for the fun part. Installing anything in the case was easy and quick.
The first port of call, were the 5.25” dri
es, which requires the included mounting rails. After grabbing a screw driver and putting the rails on, it was a simple case of sliding the drive in.
The hard discs took a little longer, and require four long flayed screws to install. I decided to use the lower drive bay so that they and the power supply were separate from the rest of the system.
The micro ATX motherboard went in easily, but looked a little small in the huge case space. All of the motherboard spacers were in the right place so it was simply a case of grabbing six screws and winding them into place.
Power supply installation was the most difficult. I hope you have a modular power supply otherwise this will be a lot harder. You have to first remove the power supply cage, then squeeze the power supply into it. Now you slot it all back into place, screwing down the cage and screwing the PSU to the P182 rear. Once that’s all done, it ain’t gonna be moving for a while.
Now, you get to do a little cable management. There is no need to have any power cables in front of the motherboard, as you can run everything round the back and through the conveniently cut holes at the top and side of the motherboard tray. It takes a while, but you’ll be pleased with the results, and apart from the front connectors, there shouldn’t be anything that mars the vista of your mobo.
One of my annoyances with P182 is the pointless sliding cover that separates the power supply area from the rest of the case. It feels crap, and doesn’t really do anything as it doesn’t cover any of the two holes. I would remove it, but it looks worse without it.