The Build and Finished Product
Installing a full ATX motherboard takes up a lot of room, but is completely manageable. Removing the rear exhaust fan does free up room to get things installed easier. The bump style risers and the additional risers are tall enough to slip the front I/O wires behind the motherboard with little hassle. I had to use my HD 2600 for this setup as my 280 would not fit with about ten to fifteen minutes of trying different things.
Once everything is installed, things do get a bit messy inside after delivering power to all the needed areas. This is of little concern other than if it blocks the natural airflow of the case. Just keep things tidy; the door will hide everything in the end.
Buttoning things up and getting ready to boot the system, I thought it was fitting to get another image once the fan panel was back in place. With a feel for the layout, you can see how this allows cool air to be pulled through the door where it also redirects the flow from the front 120mm intake fan.
I mentioned that the tray of "slides" was accessible from the front. Here they are as I am about to lock them back into place. I did have to remove a plate to use the second 5.25" bay, but a couple of twists and it comes right out. This allows for an extra bit of room above it to keep the extra leads from your PSU out of the way.
Everything fits in the X-Fighter well and aligns just fine with the rear of the case. PSU screws were a snap to install without holding it in place the whole time and the screw-less expansion locks make short work of installing the covers.
Here we have one last look at the front panel before I reach for the power cord and hit the switches. It still looks clean and attractive with the optical drive peeking out.
I also mentioned earlier that the door panels do take a bit of finesse and force to get them on and off. Even after a few tries with it I kept ending up with a slight gap at the edge of the front panel.
With power added and the power button pushed, I was greeted with the dance of LED's under the power button. During operation the LED's go from two to four to six LED's being lit, then reverse the pattern, rinsing and repeating continuously.
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