The Build and Finished Product
Getting ready to assemble the Midguard with my components, I had to remove the front panel. This is done by squeezing the round tabs together behind the panel while gently pulling from the front. Now, you have to make a choice of where to install the optical drive, and if you need to remove the steel plates covering the drives.
I decided to install my optical drive in the bottom slot, which lead me to have to remove the 5.25" to 3.5" floppy drive adapter plate. Then of course remove the matching front bay cover by releasing two tabs and the plate falls out. Then snap the cover back into place.
Selecting the appropriate screws, mounting a drive is simple. For a 3.5" drive such as this, you just use four screws and mount the drive. For a 2.5" drive you will need to move the grommets to the inner holes and use the same screws to mount those.
Buttoning things up to test it all out, I got the completed image of the front with the drive installed. It still leaves a very clean overall look from the front. Sleek, black and understated; three things I personally look for in a case.
The rear of the chassis has a bunch of room to pass wiring and still get the panel on. Excuse the "rats nest" in the bottom of my drive bays, my testing PSU has a ton of wires attached to it and it was the closest place to try to "hide" them. Your results may vary. I found the management holes to be in a good place, and the CPU access hole should allow you an easy go at swapping coolers later in the chassis' life in your house.
The rear of the chassis looks, well, like most black chassis', except for the addition of the Xigmatek fan controller I stuck in the expansion slot. I used this to connect the rear exhaust and front intake XLF fans. This allows for full control of these two fans all the way down to not running at all.
The interior build went pretty smooth. Everything seemed to work out and I was able to keep things somewhat tidy, even with this PSU. The PSU is flipped fan up to allow the 24-pin to make it to the board, not due to any alignment issues; it goes in fan down just as well. I was a bit disappointed in the HDD rack though, but I will get into more detail in the conclusion.
Lighting when looked at from the outside is subdued. The XLF fans set at max don't show well with all the lights on in the room, and even with them off there isn't a brilliant flood of light coming from the chassis. This not only makes it a good choice for bedrooms, but possibly in a darkened theater environment as well. Even the power and HDD activity lights were dimmer than I would have expected, but again it kept the ambient flood of light I'm used to seeing way down.
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