The Build and Finished Product
If you make the choice as I did to not opt to install a slim optical drive into the chassis, you are left with the same exact aesthetics as you got the chassis out of the box. For those on the go with a case such as this, it is also one less thing to be tampered with or broken along the way.
The motherboard fits easily, but I needed to grab a photo of this before we get too far with adding the layers of components into this build. I also did not use a video card with this chassis as my 460 is too long, and this chassis was designed with the ASUS 670 Mini in mind when they finalized the dimensions.
The drives need the screws and grommets, but once they are in place, the drives slide easily onto the aluminum support frame. Make sure to orient the wiring forward, I tried the other way around and the SATA cable extends too far, and won't allow for a correct fit.
With the PSU installed, there are a few things to consider. This is a small PSU and you can see it is flexing the rear of the chassis already. If you were to install a video card in this chassis, you would also need another place to hide the wiring than I have chosen. The last thing to ponder is do you use the PSU fan as I did to aid the chassis air flow, or do you leave just the single 140mm to try to cool more demanding components than the Atom I used here.
At the back of the chassis, I fitted the dust shield with little effort, and the small PSU is very easy to hold there while you mount it, and even with the expansion slot access being on the outside, the cover is secure and will hold a card in very well.
There is very little room behind the motherboard. I guess you could run some fan wiring here, or clean up the front I/O wiring running it here, but let's face it, why bother when there are solid panels going back on the chassis, and that wiring tucks nicely next to the fan with little effort involved.
As I said, when the chassis is all put back together, and ready to use, it changes very little. You may have the tray of the ODD and its logos to deal with, and maybe a look at the PSU or its fan through the ventilation on the left, but other than that, nothing is drastically changed.
Since images are tough to guesstimate size, I thought it proper to put a stock LGA1156 heat sink next to the chassis for a bit of perspective. I am pretty sure that most of my shoe boxes are much bigger than this, so even if just building for a second PC for on the go purposes only, it will take very little room to store it until the next trip too.
When the chassis was powered for testing, the power button has a constant blue LED backlighting and that same button will flicker red when the storage drives are active.
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