Case Build and Finished Product
We decided to stick with air cooling for our build, and with a chassis designed as well as these Phanteks cases are, there is no set pattern to the installation. There is plenty of access to add the cooler at any point; the board and the wiring clear the PSU cover, and tending to the wiring was a cinch.
The dust shield, video card, and the PSU all went in without any issues. As far as getting it all installed is concerned, you can pretty much screw it down, and move on.
Wiring can get thick with all the leads ending up in the same areas, but with the tie down locations and Velcro strips to keep it close to the tray, it is good enough for us to get the panel on without issue. Also, without any drive bays in, you can see we took the option of the lower SSD location to boot our system.
When the chassis was first turned on, we were greeted with the glow of red LEDs from the top and front of the chassis, but the added interior LED strip is not part of that lighting scheme. We added in the longer strip they had supplied us with just for a bit more style in these images, and also to show the potential.
Push the button a couple more times and we end up with this deep blue color. The nice thing about the lighting system is that this LED strip ties right into it, and will mimic the light color of the chassis LEDs, all off of the same button press.
We also liked the purple LEDs enough to give them an image of their own. Beyond these three colors, there is also yellow, orange, green, teal, and what we assumed to be white, but turned out to be more of a pale blue. Any color choice really makes this chassis stand out, but if you are not in the mood, the lighting can also be turned off.
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