The Build and Finished Product
Besides the fact that I strongly urge you to screw in the optical bay drives or devices rather than using the almost worthless tool-free clips, the drive does sit flush and looks okay when added to the build.
Inside of the chassis, I had a lot of trouble getting the motherboard screw in above the CPU cooler, and that leads me to the fact that there isn't a lot of room internally at the top for much more than fans. As for the rest of the space, it is pretty tight, but I was able to get the components in with relative ease.
The rear of the X3 all comes together as planned. The PSU is a bit tough with the gasket thickness, but it is feasible. The GPU went in, but I did have to flex the chassis back to allow the screws to line up. The rear I/O dust shield snaps right in as well. Also I am glad for the external tubing holes; otherwise you really have no easy answers inside. To water cool, the radiator will have to hang outside.
Since the room here is somewhat limited, I tired to be sure to tie up tight anything I did run back here. Even with just the 8-pin lead, a Molex lead, and a SATA lead along with the front I/O wiring, I had some issues getting the panel back on. It was one of those which you have to lay down and use your forearms to close it as you flex it over even this simple wiring.
Completely reassembled and ready for testing, I do like the view through the window, and the fact that the chassis looks much the same as it did when we started, sans the internal view.
Powering up the Xpredator X3, it is virtually silent with the system I have inside, and there is a bit of LED lighting to discuss. The front 100mm fan is LED lit, but you have to search for it when viewing the front of the chassis, it isn't very obvious. The front I/O panel also illuminates both sides in a red glow of LED light to designate the system being powered. When the SSD was accessed, there is a flash of white LED light that comes up from the bottom of those strips.
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