A Closer Look: Exterior
Now that the DIYPC Vanguard has been unpacked, we get our first look at the chassis. The Vanguard is comprised of a completely black finish and is fitted with three 4mm tempered glass panels. The front panel includes airflow vents on either side and a full tempered glass front to showcase the front RGB fans. On the front side of the Vanguard RGB, there is another glass panel which is secured to the case using a thumb screw in each corner.
Upon taking a closer look at the thumb screws, I noticed a few of them didn’t sit flush with the glass. It’s not that noticeable from a distance, but would still bother someone who is a perfectionist in the case of computer aesthetics. The mounting point on the cast looks to be bent ever so slightly.
Looking to the back side, we have an identical tempered glass panel as we saw on the front.
The back of the Vanguard has your normal cutouts for the PSU and motherboard I/O as while as 8 expansion slots. In the upper right corner there is a mounting point for a 120mm or 140mm exhaust fan.
Moving to the top of the case, DIYPC has included a removable magnetic dust filter. I am personally a big fan of the magnetic dust filters and they are extremely easy to remove and clean.
With the Vanguard RGB, there is no shortage of front USB with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. In addition to the USB ports it also includes an LED button to manage the case’s RGB, audio/microphone 3.5mm jacks, power button, HDD LED, reset button and a fan speed slider.
On the bottom of the chassis, there are 4 large rubberized feet and a removable PSU intake filter. You will also notice some screws which hold the HDD and PSU shroud in place. As a modder, I also like to see the use of screws used over rivets making it easy to remove and paint/mod parts.