I hadn't thought of that, but it looks like you can. There are two screws to either side of the optical drive and while the one on the left (facing the case) was too difficult to remove due to the optical bracket installed, once the one on the right was loosened that side of the rectangular piece was very movable. It doesn't appear that anything else structurally was affected as well, though aesthetically it might look a bit weird.
*edit - I just thought about this a bit more and realized you'd have to mod up some form of "hard mount" as the way the slot drive mounts up is via pressure against that front piece. something as simple as adhesive, solid Velcro, your own tapped mounts etc. would work. I didn't check to see if there were pre-tapped holes before installing the drive but I'm assuming there were not as that was not their intended form.
See the pic for the screw in mention here (the screw is located at the top of the pic):
In general the build went together well. The only couple of minor issues I'd say were:
- PSU plug location/orientation (known issue); I bought my Seasonic PSU before I researched the SG09/SG10 properly; I'd really like to keep that 120mm fan on the side, but the 92mm I picked up is fine; it would be nice if I could at least put the 120mm fan in the middle or rear location on the side, though I could easily mod this in
- very little room between HSF and top 180mm fan; the way Noctua fans mount on the NH-D14 is with a clip, which has a "tab" of sorts that sticks out a few mm past the HSF. Powered up for the first time and that was definitely a grind point which took minor bending to fix
- super minor is that the 180mm doesn't leave much room toward the front of the case for the cabling for the optical drive, at least not if you put a bracket on the back of that drive; not wanting to go mini-SATA and keeping things a bit more secure I went with a Startech bracket that secures well and uses full-size SATA, but those are a pretty tight squeeze up against the 180mm fan; this is a personal problem as the bracket was my decision and I could go with a 140mm fan (originally chose to but forgot I needed one for the Noctua HSF)
- not a problem but something to keep in mind (for any SFF build really) - make sure you have plenty of fan adapters. I'd prefer not to be using as many 4-pin PATA drive power connectors as I'm using because I ran out of 3-pin/4-pin fan adapters. this was totally my fault as my last SFF build ate up my stash o' adapters.
I personally really like this case. I know some prefer the SG09 more but this being a work machine/game machine, I like keeping things "low-key" and let the power inside do the talking. Couple of quick shots (I probably should have used flash), and let me know if there are any questions: Edited by yahu - 5/26/13 at 2:08pm