Starting off simple, you can see the DFI Blood Iron is in place, and there is still a bunch of room to play around, even if this was a full ATX board I see no real clearance problems. I also did some basic management of the front panel wires at this point to get them tidy and out of my way to continue the build. And might i add there is plenty of room for most 120mm coolers, there was no issues at all with my version of the S1283.
Turning the case around, to show you that there is plenty of slack in the wires, even after a bit of rerouting. I was even able to rid myself of the AC' 97 plug as it slid nicely into the hole left from the PSU hold down tab.
CoolerMaster took the time to add an easy access hole to the back of the motherboard by cutting a large hole into the tray. With the motherboard I chose, it was close but not quite. I realize this isn't the norm in socket placement, but with this case supporting both mATX and full ATX motherboards, I wish it was just a bit bigger.
Getting ready to install the HDD, I removed one of the trays so I could mount the drive inside it. In the side of the tray are these white rubber coated pins that as you can see push into the HDD screw holes and are slid into the tray.
As you can see the try has key ways that accept the slotted rubber on the pins in the previous image. Although you cannot use two on each side, as the key ways run in opposite directions. While the drive isn't going anywhere with the rubber holding the drive in place, it is a bunch more secure once I added the supplied screw into the side.
As you can see, everything is in place awaiting the installation of the PSU. My 9800 GTX+ has plenty of room to spare inside the 922, allowing plenty of room for it to breathe well. At this point I am impressed how easy it's been to get these parts into place. Even the DVD drive installation was simple. I just reached in from the inside and released the two front bay cover latches, removed the cover and slid in the drive. Once the drive is aligned correctly you just push the button in and it clicks the drive into a locked position.
Here is after about twenty minutes of installing four screws to mount the PSU to the 922, and route and manage the wires as I went. Considering I spent little time and still was able to get pleasing results says something for the design and layout of the interior of the HAF 922.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [The CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case]
- Page 5 [Inside the CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build]
- Page 8 [The Build - Continued]
- Page 9 [Fit and Finish]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]