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Installation

Although the LanCool PC-K56 and PC-K62 are only mid-sized cases they are surprisingly roomy making them easy to work with. Access to hardware is completely painless, which is great.

With the empty cases on the work bench, we picked up all the hardware that would eventually end up inside. The list was as follows: Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850w power supply, Asus M3A78-T motherboard, 4GB (2x2GB) Kingston memory, AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor with the ThermoLab Baram cooler, Asus GeForce GTX 260 Matrix graphics card, Western Digital Black 500GB hard drives in RAID0, and a Samsung DVD-RW.

The first step was to install the ThermoLab Baram CPU bracket to the back of the Asus M3A78-T motherboard. However, forgetting this step is not the end of the world, as it can be carried out even with the board screwed to the case thanks to the hole in the motherboard tray.

The Samsung DVD-RW was slotted into place in just seconds thanks to the tool-less 5.25 system, which I have to say works very well. Installing the Western Digital Black 500GB hard drives was a breeze, and again the tool-less drive caddies made this job all too easy.

Installing the Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850w PSU was easily done using the bottom mounting position, and there is loads of room here to go with an even bigger power supply, such as the Thermaltake Toughpower 1500w for example, should you need such an insane unit. While we only took photos of one power supply installed, we tried installing two which was done without any problems.

Furthermore, we photographed the PC-K62 with just one GeForce GTX 260 installed, though we found that it would easily accommodate for two or three should your motherboard and wallet let you. Extra long graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 295 which overhang the motherboard have loads of room to be in the both the PC-K62 and PC-K56.

Overall the LanCool PC-K56 and PC-K62 were a pleasure to work with. We have no complaints about the cooling features or room provided within the case. Some might complain about the lack of dividers separating individual sections, but given the design and air-flow structure of these cases, we saw no problem with their absence.