Case Build & Finished Product
With the components we use for our chassis builds, we dropped the optical device long ago. So as we finished the build and snapped the front bezel back onto the frame, we did not change the aesthetics here one iota.
We did leave the bays removed when we did our build, as we simply used the tray on the PSU cover for our SSD. We did move the exhaust fan to the front of the chassis so we could install the AIO, but nothing inside of the Core X31 is out of line or caused us any issues during installation.
The dust shield was a tight fit, but we got it snapped in. We like being able to raise or lower the AIO via the screw slots, and we found no issues aligning the video card. Even when it came to the PSU, we set it on the pads inside, and the holes were all in line, ready for the screws.
We made sure to rewire the Core X31, so that if we needed to, we could use both of the HDD trays optional locations, like how we have it at the bottom. So many tie points you can have four trunks of wiring running across the tray, and large openings to hide everything under the PSU cover.
There were no issue with the doors, as you just need to hook them along the front edges, lay the door flat, and slide it forward and screw in the captured thumbscrews. All we need now, it a power cord.
We did miss the tiny blue LED flicker as the SSD booted up and the OS loaded, but the LED ring around the power button is fully lit. Neither of the lights is brilliant, just enough to see them, but not bright enough to fill the whole room with light when it's dark.
The transparent window on the side afford a brilliant view of the gear inside of it, and once we removed the bays, our issue with seeing them was removed. If this was the RGB version, the look would be even more impressive, inside and out, then what we see here, and we are happy with this as it is.
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