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Friday July 20th. 3:30pm
My case showed up yesterday. As you can imagine... I almost felt like hugging the delivery guy. But, really, I was amazed at how massive the case box is. I brought it to the living room where I could open it and take photos. I took about 110 photos last night, and after those 110 photos, I can say that I'm posting on OCN with Jillian. Prepare yourselves, and enjoy.

Before I start, I'd like to apologize for the first few photos. I was so excited that I forgot to close the window blinds and get a tripod... so the photos aren't very good. Here we go.


The box. I figured the case was just surrounded by like 3 inches of Styrofoam on each side. It's HUMONGOUS.


The contents revealed. There was only like an inch and a half of foam on each side. The case itself stands as tall as my knee, myself being 5'11" tall. I didn't take a comparison photo, sorry.


The closed front door with very well made Cooler Master logo.


Opening the door reveals the removable 5.25" drive bay covers/grills.


Here's the hinge mechanism of the door panel. Cooler Master made it really easy to remove the door by just pulling down on the black, spring-loaded part of the hinge. I'll say at least once that this is a VERY well engineered case. I'm truly amazed and glad I made the impulsive buy when it was on sale.


I finally grabbed my tripod. Here you can see the PSU opening and the side panel locking mechanism. When you unlock the side panel, you only have to slide it toward the back of the case a short distance, and then it pulls off with minimal effort. Again, well engineered.


The whole backside. Cooler Master made it modular to allow for easy BTX format conversions.


The case with the side panel off reveals the fan bracket that holds just about any size fan from 60mm-140mm I believe.


With the side panel removed, you can see the locks for the 5.25" drives. They're a simple slide-lock type with optional use screw holes.


A closer look at the fan bracket shows a grill for each of the four spots.


On the inside you can see the black fan shrouds. These are meant for easy 120mm fan installation. They're removable to allow other size fans to be installed. Each shroud also has a filter mesh wedged just inside of the grill.


Here's the back of the case from the inside. You can see the stock Cooler Master 120mm fan provided with the case, and the screw secured expansion slot protectors.


A shot of the bottom opening. There's potential for at least a single fan installation here with some modding or some crafty use of twist ties.


Here's the 3 5.25" bay to 4 HDD conversion system. It's mounted with screws and has a 120mm Cooler Master LED fan on the front of it.


This shot shows the front of the case from the inside. There are better shots further on.


The power supply area. You can see the holes meant for PSU ventilation.


The wire harness. I accidentally pulled out the USB cord for the front USB pair, and I'm still looking to find out where to replace it. I won't be using all four the front and top ports too often, so it's not a priority just yet.


Another shot of the harness. No particular reasoning behind it.


After taking the other side panel off, I began removing the motherboard tray. The side panels don't have to be off at all to remove it, though.


It's very sturdy.

Not quite a skeleton.


Undoing the screws securing the hard drive bays.


Here's the LED fan provided. It's set as an intake to blow cool air over the HDDs.


This is the inside. I'm not entirely sure it would fit four hard drives, but I'm not going to be trying to squeeze that many in yet.


The mounting plate is separate and attaches with rubber gromets to keep vibration noise to a minimum.


Here's an inside shot of the front of the case.


Looking at the top of the case: the front I/O enclosure and wire harness.


From the back.


Here's a shot of the front I/O panel.


The top of it. The CM power button is wicked.


Here's the top vent. There's room inside the case for a 120mm fan to be mounted here.


To remove the front bay covers, you first need to open these little wing door-esque things.


You can then remove them by depressing the simple plastic clasps holding them in.


I've removed a few here.

That's it for my short pictorial of the case itself. I'll have photos of the process of installing parts up soon!
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post #72 of 93
awesome

but I wanted to see all 110 photos
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Friday, July 20. 5:40pm
Now comes the fun part. I took quite a few photos during the build process. The last reply had almost 40 out of about 110 photos taken... so I'll have to split this up into three replies. With that said, let's get crackin'.

The first task is going to be attaching the motherboard to the tray. Here's the rear I/O plate that Gigabyte provided with the 965P-DS3:


You may be able to tell that it's different from the one provided by Cooler Master show in this photo:

Obviously that means I have to replace it. So I now have my first goal.

Replacing the I/O plate proved to be pretty easy. First I took the existing one out:




I matched the Gigabyte plate with the mobo for orientation.



Then I aggressively popped it back into place. I'm now ready to mount the motherboard...


But before I did that, I wanted to take the opportunity to replace the stock Cooler Master exhaust fan, since the Tuniq Tower would be in the way after the motherboard is mounted.


The victim and it's replacement.


Stabbing the victim's... screws?


Okay... enough with the morbid thoughts... Here's the Tuniq Tower's stock fan in place of the Cooler Master fan. I put this one here because it moves the most amount of air of all my fans, and there will be only one other exhaust fan in the case besides this one. Trying to equalize the pressure.

Okay. *Now* I can mount the motherboard. Cooler Master really makes this cake for building noobs with a nice mounting template:

But that doesn't do me any good without hardware to mount the mobo with...

So I looked through all the stuff that come with the case and found a mysterious white box. It didn't look like it was dangerous, so I opened it.



A sleu of hardware popped out (knife not included)! Agh! Overwhelming.

I instantly consulted the case's manual to clear my mind:

Cooler Master's instruction manual is very nicely drawn out for the ultra-noob like myself.


I quickly retrieved the required screws and standoffs from the big little bag of hardware.


With the standoffs mounted, I had something to put the motherboard onto.



The culprit.


If you put the standoffs in the correct positions and remove the map, all of the holes should line up and you can start screwing the motherboard in. It took a little coaxing to move it into it's place, but it's there now.

As soon as I had mounted the motherboard, an idea popped into my head that had me a little worried. I wasn't sure if the Tuniq Tower had clearance when sliding the motherboard tray back into the case. I didn't want to have to reseat it inside the case, so I checked real quick for clearance:

There's actually more clearance than I had expected. I rejoiced.

I took the motherboard out and decided to open all the expansion slots that I would need before mounting anything else.



Room for an 8800GTS and a PCI 5 USB port expansion. Little did I know that this would not be enough!

Anyway, I could now begin to mount the other parts onto the motherboard. And that's where I'll start the next reply.
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post #74 of 93
looks awesome
take a picture of the inside from a distance so we can see the whole inside
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post #75 of 93
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Friday July 20. 6:30pm
I left off right before installing parts onto the motherboard. Let's continue.

I didn't actually take photos during installation... but here are some pretty photos from *after* installation:





A quick mockup. I hope it looks this clean when I'm done with it. You may notice the conflicting patterns of the Tuniq Tower. When I was mounting my motherboard, I realized that when I seated the Tuniq Tower, the fan was blowing the wrong way for this setup. Instead of reseating the whole tower, I just flipped the fan bracket... I think it looks pretty cool.

Before I did anything with cables and the not, I decided it'd be good to mount the power supply.

You can see here the ventilation holes for above where the PSU should be. I planned to make use of them.

To mount the PSU, you need to remove the back plate from the case structure:



Two sets of screws, a back plate, a PSU, and an instruction manual.


The result after putting screws in the only matching spots on the back plate.


Sliding the PSU back in...


And now it's mounted. You may notice I mounted it upside down. I can feel a collective gasp, so let me explain myself. A PSU's purpose is not to exhaust warm air from the case, despite what people may believe. I mounted it upside down so it may take its own not-so-warm air from outside the case through the ventilation holes above it to keep itself cool. This led to some minor problems with cable management, but nothing unsolvable.

Before doing any cabling, I decided to mount the top blow-hole exhaust fan; the extra Yate Loon fan which couldn't be mounted on the side bracket.

To do this, I had to snap the provided shroud into place. It's exactly the same as the shrouds on the side fan bracket. More excellent engineering by Cooler Master.

After snapping the fan into the bracket, I realized there would be some cables just flopping around inside near the fan, and so I realized I needed to put a fan guard on it. Just as easily as the shroud snapped in, it snapped out.



The mounted grill.


The fan back in place.

I was now ready for some cabling. I didn't want to have to go back and do and cable management after already having it built, so I did it from the start. The process was very frustrating, though, so I didn't take many photos. Also, while I was at it... I pulled one of the front USB connections out of the front I/O panel.

Uh oh.

Anyway, after about an hour and a half, this was all I had to show:


You'll notice an extra expansion slot open and another PCI card... "Hmmm," you say... Will the PCI card is an old Audigy 2ZS my friend gave me permission to steal. The extra slot is an opening for a power cable to run the fan that I twisty tied to the bottom of the case as an intake. Remember I mentioned "crafty use of twist ties"? I think it qualifies as a ghetto mod, and I'm proud of it... but for some reason I never caught photos of it.

Cooler Master didn't leave many options for cable management, so I looked very hard to spots. Luckily there's a small gap between the end of the motherboard tray and the drive bays, which would be just enough to run the 20-pin cable through.



I closed the side fan bracket to get a sneak peak of the finished product. It's very good that the Tuniq Tower only takes up one fan spot.


A shot from the front.


The mayhem behind the mobo tray.

This is where I'll leave off on this reply. More to come!
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Friday July 20. 6:45pm
Alright. Time to finish the build up. I've got all of the motherboard connections made and now all I have to do is cable up the drives. Let's get started.


With one drive already mounted, I'm ready to mount another one. I only bought one drive for this build, so where did this one come from? Well, earlier I wrote a how-to on removing the HDD from a Western Digital MyBook Essential Edition External Hard Drive, and this is the result. A ready to use SATA hard drive.


Both HDDs installed.


Drive bays without mounting plate. Notice the rubber grommets which reduce vibration noise when the mounting plate is attached.


Attaching the mounting plate is as easy as just sliding the pegs into the holes.

Once again, in the midst of cabling, I forgot to take photos. This cabling too me another hour and a half or more. Here's all I have to show for it:

More mayhem behind the mother board tray.



Routed SATA cables.


I had a Silverstone FN121 hanging from a cross bar, as you can see here. I forgot to check for clearance before mounting it, and the side fan bracket wouldn't close with it there... So I moved it here:

It's basically sitting on top of my optical drive, secured by twist ties. <3 my twisty little friends.


Now it fits.

...and that's it. All of the cables are run/routed/tied down. Now all that's left are the finished photos.


Strange drive placement, eh? It's going to sit on my desk, and I didn't want to have to stand up to put a disk in the tray.


With the side panel on.


The setup!!! Finally a desktop computer I can sit at!


Darkness looms and the computer makes blue. I'll be making it all green soon... but I need to figure out the mouse situation.


I put these on this morning.


Oops. Put them in the wrong places.


Overall, it took me around 6 hours from start to finish putting the parts in the case. My knees were very stiff. You may think the build is over, though, but it isn't. I'll be posting temperatures and what not very soon! I just need to ride my bike home.

Thanks for watching!
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post #77 of 93
wow
awesome build
that motherboard is small
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post #78 of 93
Wow!....just, Wow!

That is so awesome looking, and you did a great job with the log.

Hmmm... I am simultanesouly impressed and jealous...

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post #79 of 93
Wow , very ncie , thats a pro job right there!
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post #80 of 93
i didn't read all that, but your fan bracket is mounted upside down

You'd get alot more folding done if you installed the smp console client
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