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Lian Li PC-T1R Mini ITX Spider Test Bench Review

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: Lian Li
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Assembly and Installation - Part 1

We combined our analysis of the PC-T1R with our mini ITX system installation because we had to construct the entire test bench from scratch. Discussing the parts in detail during assembly and installation seems to make sense and we'll be able to walk our readers through each step in assembling the PC-T1R.

 

After laying out the parts and removing them from their individual packaging, we started to assemble the PC-T1R. The first step is to add these rubber rings into each side of the motherboard tray. These rings will ensure cables don't snag on the metal chassis when you are routing cables through them.

 

Next, we installed these LED rubber rings that will hold the power and reset LED lights and also act as the "eyes" of the Spider test bench.

 

We popped in the two red LEDs after installing the LED rubber rings. These LEDs were very easy to lock into place.

 

Next, we installed a 3.5" hard drive below the motherboard tray using four screws.

 

We moved onto installing the 5.25" slim optical drive with four small screws.

 

The optical bay mounts right under the hard drive and motherboard with four screws. This is good to know when you want to swap out hardware during testing. I would have liked Lian Li to use some quick release mechanisms to easily remove the hard drive and optical bay instead of basic screws.

 

We pushed on all eight of these feet cushions that will ensure the unit doesn't slip and slide on your desktop. 

 

After we finished prepping the motherboard tray, started connecting the spider legs to the motherboard tray using the thumbscrews provided with the case.

 

Here's a quick shot of the power and reset button on the PC-T1R. They are inlayed into the anodized aluminum for a clean finish that looks very attractive.

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