With its small size the Array R2 is perfect for a new Mini ITX build for the LanOC event server that had problems at our last event. Our motherboard is a Zotac 880G-ITX WiFi with an AMD Phenom ii x6 1100t. I started with prepping the board with the CPU, heatsink, and RAM. I popped the rear I/O panel into the Array R2 and then removed the hard drive cage and PSU to make room for installing the motherboard. With only four screws holding the board down it didn’t take long. Next I hooked up our front panel connections (HDD light and power button) and plugged the fan into the motherboard.
Next we installed our hard drive into the drive cage (only one for now). Before we reinstall the hard drive cage and hooked up the SATA cable to the board. Next I reinstalled the PSU and connected everything. Fractal has packed this PSU full of SATA power connections for those six hard drives but beyond that the included power supply is fairly basic with no sleaving, not that anyone will ever see them. Trying to hide your wiring is impossible in the Array R2 as there isn’t a motherboard tray to slide everything behind. The main thing you need to watch is how close the wires are to your CPU heatsink fan. Once everything is hooked up you can button everything up by plugging in your hard drives, remounting the hard drive cage, and then reinstalling the top panel.