The Build and Final Product
Removing the front bezel requires you to pull from the bottom and the clips let lose pretty easily. With the bezel off you can see the I/O panel and wiring stays with the case. You do need to pull this to remove the covers for the 5.25" bays or adding any fans here.
I removed the top bay cover, slid in the DVD drive and the bezel snaps right back into place leaving me with this as a result. I went with the top bay because I figured any lower and it would destroy the continuity of all of that mesh down the face.
My ATX motherboard, AIO cooler and the Radeon HD 7950 all fit with room to spare and with the SSD mounted up, it leaves room for optional equipment such as water cooling to fit in areas otherwise unused.
In the back I just realized I have the UD7 dust shield in and not the one for the UD5, but what is a LAN port missing really going to matter? As for the fit, the dust shield went in pretty easy and the card and PSU line right up and are easy to secure.
Not installing the optional fan in the back I didn't have to worry much about the routing, but if you plan to install one, make sure the PSU leads are long enough to get around it, specifically a 4-pin Molex to power the fan hub and the 8-pin EPS cable. As for the front I/O wiring, I have it stretched to the limit to use the bottom management hole. The front panel headers aren't even that long.
With everything back together you do get a great view of the PC inside of the case, but for those that don't have plans to add any fans in the door, the mesh really blocks any view of the video card(s) inside.
Here is one last look at the Antec Eleven Hundred, just before I plug in the PSU and boot it up for testing.
As long as the switch is in the proper position, if not you can change it, but the 200mm fan in the top will power up and glow pretty intensely with a flood of blue LED light.
As for any obtrusive LEDs flashing in front of your face or keeping you awake while trying to sleep, there is only the pair of tiny LEDs like the one on the right I caught, just barely glowing blue. With the HDD activity light being just an occasional flicker with the SSD, it wasn't an issue either.
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