Case Build & Finished Product
Once again, we return to the front of the chassis, this time with everything installed inside of the chassis. While we would tend to use the external bays for a reservoir or a card reader, we have long since stopped using optical drives, and we would rather have had room for another 120mm fan with radiator support here.
The motherboard went into place fine, and the card is nearly level. We could fit the AIO in at the back of the chassis, and still, have plenty of room before running into the HDD cage. Also notice that we did use the optional 2.5" drive location to mount our SSD, too bad we won't see it from the window.
The dust shield snapped ring into the back of the CR480, and with external access, we found the video card easy to install as well. Using the Riotoro PSU again, we did not expect issues when it came to mounting it, and found none either.
Behind the motherboard tray, we found the tie points to work well for the 8-pin lead on the right, and the left side holds everything else. Note the amount of extra front I/O wiring we have at the top-left corner, and we were able to keep things clean and tidy back here, without interference with the door.
Taking a step back to take it all in, there is no way to get away from the fact that this looks just like the CR240, but one that has been put on the rack and stretched out a bit. Although, there are still the rounded corners, the tight body lines, the red accents, and the same tinted window that we liked then, and still do here.
Adding power to the system, we found two things at this point that we need to bring up. The chassis, with both fans running at full speed, comes in at 38 dB as soon as the motherboard boots. We also found a glow coming from under the CR480 at the front. There is also the occasional flicker of the amber HDD activity light, but the glow that matches the red accents is on all the time.
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