Case Build & Finished Product
Once we were finished with the build, at the front of the chassis nothing has changed. We could have added in an optical bay drive or device, but we did away with them years ago. We would have preferred move ventilation in the front due to the water cooling setup behind it, but it is what it is.
We opted for as smaller AIO this time, but it does show how thick cooling solutions can be up top, and still fit. The motherboard went in without issue, the video card is level, and the interior is left clean looking with the PSU cover hiding much of the mess.
The dust shield did not want to go in nicely at all, and partly due to the lack of thickness of the steel. This is also seen with the GPU installation, where the gap is so tight, you have to flex the chassis to allow the card to reach the slot. The PSU; it went right in without a problem.
Wire management is there to be used, but it could be better. If you have plans for a 2.5" drive on the left, it will tighten things up, and we feel the chassis is designed with flat PSU cables in mind. There was plenty of room for the PSU and cables at the bottom, and we would prefer that the HDD cage was removable, with more water cooling options for the front added.
Even though this chassis has an old-school feel to it, the overall look is not aggressive. The view through the clear plastic window is of everything you want to see, and none of the things you don't.
Once powered up, we immediately noticed two things. The first of them is the blue glow inside of the chassis, through the mesh in the front, and the power LED matches both. The second thing is the lack of noise coming from the chassis.
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