Warning, this post is picture heavy!
I've renamed the computer to Atlas, following the idea of naming my computer's after Battlemech's. Atlas is a fitting name, as the Atlas is the biggest, baddest mech in the Battletech universe. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The Thermaltake Core V51 BARELY had enough room to fit the board. This thing is MONSTEROUS, and took up every square inch of space.
To fit the SAS cable, I actually had to notch out part of the lower drive cage, just about the screw hole. The drive cages are now screwed in from the back, instead of the motherboard side, like they were when I took the case out of the box.
Even though I no longer have access to the cable management grommets, I think I did a pretty decent job making it look clean from the window side of the case.
Oh, those fans!! They look pretty dope, IMO. Never been a fan of windows and lit fans, but this is a build that I'm proud of, and want to be able to see.
All buttoned up, and looking killer!
Just a couple of things though....
First, I have got to get a fan controller of some type, as these things push some heavy duty airflow, and in turn, it's LOUD. There's a constant **WHOOSH** going on. It's not obnoxious, but I've got to tone it down.
Second, I wasn't sure if I'd keep the cheapo Arctic i11 coolers long term when I bought them, and now I'm DEFINITELY not sure I'll be keeping them. I'm just not sure what I'd replace them with. I've not looked into it, but maybe Thermaltake has a 140 Riiing fan that I can put on something, or I might go with dual AIO water cooling. Building a custom loop is both out of my price range, and way more work than I want to do.
All in all, I'm SUPER happy with how this turned out, and it's nice to have a splash of color on my desk to offset all the black in my office.