The Build and Finished Product
All the components are in and I am just about to close up shop and power this beast up. Since I chose to use the hot swappable drive bay for my OS drive, I moved the optical drive down to not only show it can go anywhere, but it keeps the wiring together on the inside, too. With an all black front bezel, adding fan controllers and drives will blend in nicely.
All of the pieces almost fell into position in this chassis; that is to say, I ran into not one issue when I did this build. Along with being black and sexy to look into, Cooler Masters power supply cover offers a place to tuck excess wires as well as keeping other wires tidy in the pass-through hole on the top. The GPU shroud went in easily and has cut-away holes in the side to allow for the powering of the cards. Even though I used the dreaded stock cooler, there should be no issues getting a Noctua D-14 or a Cooler Master V10 in here.
At first the three holes at the top were perplexing, but now I see more use for the third hole. Not only will it allow for a drain or fill tube, but also allows for a way to get those blue USB 3.0 cables to the rear I/O. As I think about it, it's the only way. I wish I had a 4-way SLI board and four GPU's, but I had to settle for one. But I would have loved to fill eight of those slots!
Since my motherboard wasn't USB 3.0 compliant, I just tucked the cables behind the drive rack so I could get the images. The rest of the wiring is done in a way that even for me is a bit messy and has all the wires grouped thickly in one area. Even with this "trunk" of wires, with the bump added to the panel that covers this and the car-like function of the door, it was simple to replace the panel and there were no clearance issues.
When things are all fired up and running full steam, the case has just a slight hum. The low dBA rating of the fans really shines here. Speaking of shining, the 200mm intake fan offers a nice flood of red lighting to the front of the chassis and also puts a glow on the surface it's sitting on.
Take it all in and enjoy this last view of the HAF-X and ponder this for a minute. Does this case offer what you need in your next full tower purchase?
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