Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review :: System Build

12-03-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun
  • ZOTAC ION motherboard
  • 2GB Corsair Dominator XMS28500 DDR2 1066MHz memory
  • LG Slimline CD-ROM
  • WD Raptor 36GB Raptor SATA HDD
  • Thermaltake RSI H Series SD100 case

The first step to installing a new system is to make sure the components are assembled. The system I chose to install is fairly typical mid-range one with a Core 2 Duo, a HD 3650 2GB of memory and 36GB Raptor HDD to boot. The nForce e-7150/630i motherboard from EVGA is a good choice as it offers 3 PCI Expansion slots.


Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review System components

System components

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review CD-ROM installed

CD-ROM installed

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review HDD mount

HDD mount

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review HDD mounted

HDD mounted


For purposes of this review I decided to use a ZOTAC ION motherboard. This particular model comes with an Intel Atom N330 Dual Core CPU and GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. With 8 channel LPCM digital audio, Blu-ray playback support and support for up to 4GB of DDR2 800MHz memory, this is a perfect start for a Home Theater PC based on this case.


Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review Support side

Support side

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review Motherboard installed

Motherboard installed

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review Support installed

Support installed

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review Side view

Side view


Installation of the CD-ROM Slimline drive is a matter of taking the support bar sliding the drive into position and screwing it in place. The HDD is installed on the bottom of the support bar, making it a self contained drive unit. Mounting the motherboard is easier if the support is removed from the case first and is done just as other motherboards by putting the standoffs in place, mounting the board and screwing it in.


Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review DVD door open

DVD door open

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review DVD inserted

DVD inserted

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review PSU installed

PSU installed

Thermaltake RSI H Series - DS100 Review Completed back

Completed back


At this point insert the PSU, remount the support, and attach the ODD front panel. Connect the cables, close up the case and your new system is ready to go. Once the support for the drives is removed there is plenty of room to work with the components inside the SD100 case. If you want to have the case stand on its side, attach the two feet that are included with the bundle to have the case sideways.