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How to open the NZXT H1 PC case

NZXT H1
NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

The NZXT H1 isn't your standard case where two side panels pop out, and you're good to go. This compact Mini-ITX chassis allows you to remove all panels to gain uninterruptable access to what's inside. While it's not difficult to open the case up, it may not be immediately evident as to the correct way to go.

Products used in this guide

  • Build it small: NZXT H1 (opens in new tab) ($350 at Amazon)

How to open up the NZXT H1

  1. Gently pull the front glass panel away from the main case from below.

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)
  1. Gently pull the rear panel away from the main case from below.

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)
  1. Pull up the main panel that covers both sides and top. Lift it off once it's at the top of the four runners.

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)
  1. Unscrew two screws holding in the AIO cooler.
  2. Swing the bracket holding the radiator down, paying attention to the tubing.

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)
  1. Remove the bracket that shields the SSD tray.

NZXT H1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

You can now easily access all parts of the NZXT H1. To put everything back together, simply follow the above steps in reverse.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.