Sunbeam Tech UFO Cube

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Installation

Once construction was completed, I was ready to install my PC into the cube. Immediately I saw the error of my ways, and you are obviously meant to install your components whilst constructing the case itself. As a result, I had to undo much of the work I just completed to be able install everything.

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There is a small door on the side next to the power supply which allows you to easily install new drives; unfortunately you need access to both sides of the drives to be able to fasten the provided mounting screws into place. The power supply itself, requires its side to be removed completely.

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To mount a hard disc, you’ll need the provided extension cylinders. These screw into your hard disc, and add an extra inch on either side, allowing them to fit into the case. Annoyingly, the case doesn’t have any rails, or anything to stop the hard disc falling out while you’re trying to screw it into place. Instead, you’ll have to grow an extra hand, or use a magnetic screw driver which is never a good idea next to a HDD.

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Amusingly, the top section of the case isn’t tall enough to accommodate the Zaward Selphy cooler that is mounted on the core currently. This cooler is slightly taller than most, but not excessively. Using a ThermalTake Max Orb had the same problem, and instead of trying to find a slimmer cooler (the stock cooler would do) I decided to simply leave the top panel off.

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Speaking of size issues, the case is also not wide enough to have anything that extends off the motherboard, such as a large graphics card. An x1950 PRO is probably as big as you are going to be able to fit, especially as you also have to connect the PCI-e power cable on as well.

While installing, you soon realise that the case is quite flexible and everything you do is greeted with grating plastic and the sound of it bending. I wouldn’t be confident enough to recommend this to a LANer or anyone who moves their PC around a lot.

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The cable management of the case is actually quite good, thanks to the slots at the top of the motherboard, this allows you to send any ugly cables to the compartment beneath, keeping the air flow at its best over your motherboard. This does mean that all the cables are packed underneath, further limiting the airflow around your hard discs.

I would advice a modular power supply for this case, as it’s surprisingly difficult to get the cables to go where you want them to as you have to thread them around the place.

Once done, the case does look pretty good, although the lower part is a mess of cables which is easily viewed thanks to the transparent sides.

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Last modified: August 15, 2011

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