Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the Pure Base 500 looks the same built as it does new due to being solid brushed metal finished.
As you can see, everything went in without a hitch. The width of the chassis allowed for full RAM fitment, albeit snug, it still fit. The chassis test build fits with plenty of room for liquid cooling components should you choose. The RTX 2060 barely makes a dent in the available depth of the chassis as there is room for the biggest card you can find.
The rear of the chassis fills in as you would expect. Nothing special or problematic was observed while building in the chassis. The only thing of note was that the top standoffs were very close to the center. But about 1mm to the left of the center on the motherboard hole. The integrated I/O shield of the Maximus XI Hero was just protruded enough to cause pressure, which caused the offset. The mounting screws still installed as expected, and another board I tested with a separate I/O shield did not have this issue. This is not a significant issue, but if you see it, it is normal.
Cable management for the Pure Base 500 is rather simple with the included Velcro straps. I did use a few zip ties, but overall the bulk of the cable runs were managed on the main channel with no issues. The excess SATA power cable is hidden in front of the PSU. This is so that we did not have to manage it in the main harness, which makes for a much cleaner final build.
Due to the transparent nature of the glass, you can see the internal components without being turned on. With the chassis color, this looks pretty interesting, but this also means your cable management skills will be put to the test.
Bringing the test rig to life and the interior of the Pure Base 500 becomes far more jubilant. I think it might be the lighter gold/gray color compared to the black cases I usually see, or it could be the non-tinted glass panel. But I do feel like the colors and lighting pops more in this rig and looks quite good.
Last updated: Jan 25, 2020 at 06:11 am CST