We now move on to the assembly stage of our configuration. Here are the components that will be used for the assembly:
- Motherboard: Asus Crosshair VI Hero
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
- Graphics card: ASUS HD 7970
- Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4
- Power supply: Corsair CS650M
As usual, we start this stage of assembly by installing the power supply. Here, nothing complicated since our small CS650M comes to slip by the side of the case. We will fix it definitively with four screws from the back of the case. No rear perimeter to unscrew, nothing like that.
The storage :
For the storage part, same observation since you will have to free the storage media from the case. For the SSD plate, it’s simple, there is only one small cruciform screw to remove when there are four (and under the case) for the HDD cage.
Once the brackets are removed, the storage units are positioned there, paying attention to the direction of the connections. It would be a shame not to be able to plug them in afterwards, wouldn’t it? Finally, we can put everything back in place.
However, I have a small criticism of the HDD cage of this model, which forces the user to unplug everything and take it out every time he wants to add or remove a disk. A basket system would have been more practical.
Installation of the motherboard
The assembly continues and we now move on to the installation of the motherboard. For this step, we did not encounter any inconvenience, as it is enough to simply place the card on its support. We will complete its installation by fixing it: 9 strokes of a screwdriver and it’s settled.
The wiring :
The control panel
We now move on to the wiring part and for this, what better way than to start with the control panel. On this subject, we leave the cables such as they were in exit of cardboard then we make pass their connector by the bottom of the case. These will come out through the two large openings present at the power supply compartment.
The motherboard :
We now move to the motherboard to for the EPS12V and ATX 24-pin cables, we will exploit the guides present. It must be said that in this version of the case, we do not risk to saturate them too quickly since there are neither RGB fans nor additional controller. Finally, we end up placing them thanks to the pre-installed Velcro strips. For the EPS12V, a small nylon collar may come in handy.
The graphic card
When it comes to the graphics card, we have two choices, either we bring the PCIe ‘s up through the opening in the power supply cover, or we go through the guides again. We opted for the second solution. A matter of habit surely.
We quickly finish with the storage part where we used only one and only one SATA strand on our little CS650M. The latter being long enough to connect the SSD and the hard disk in its cage. If it had been necessary, we could have joined our two supports within the HDD cage, it is quite possible.
We finish the cabling with the data part and there, we proceed as usual : we hide the surplus in the HDD cage. It must be said that there is space at this place, so we might as well exploit it… Especially since there is no fan positioned just in front. There is no risk of disturbing any air flow.
Installation of the cooler and the graphic card:
Finally, we finish the assembly with the installation of our cooler and the graphics card. In the case of the heatsink, nothing special to say since this H510 Flow has a wide access to the back of the motherboard. The backplate is therefore easy to reach and therefore handle. Finally, the only constraint will be the mounting system of your heatsink, but that’s another story. But there is no need to take everything out if you want to change the cooling system.
As for the graphics card, it is simply installed by dropping it into its PCIe slot. Of course we’ll remember to remove the covers corresponding to the card slot before positioning it… Otherwise, it won’t fit.
Overall, the assembly inside this H510 Flow went well and there was no real difficulty. Unlike the Elite version, there is much less cable to manage because of the absence of controller or RGB fans. In our opinion, this is a more accessible model from a cable management point of view.
Nevertheless, our criticism will always be about the hard disk cage which is not practical. When adding or removing a hard drive, you have to take everything out and unplug it, clearly, it’s not practical.