Originally Posted by boostdq
Package arrived today with a SG13 and Silverstone PP05 shortened cables kit. Somethings up when Australians get things first
. So I thought I would throw up some pictures.
So here she is next to my CM Elite 130
Best part about the is how much access you have. You can insert the motherboard from above or either side. And the graphics card from above, the side or from infront. Having the front so opened made it really easy to work on, and really easy to route cables around the water cooler to neaten everything up.
Heres some pictures I took while I was doing a mock build. Hopefully this will help some of you plan your builds.
This is with a H75 with stock fans in push pull.
MSI 780 GTX installed from the front
Front view showing water cooler and graphics card. Here you can see the gap between the water cooler and graphics card, as well as the gap to the top of the case where the SSDs will be installed. Both areas offer alot of spave to tucking wires out of the way next to the cooler.
10.5" graphics card goes right up the the front plate, so I dont think you willbe able to install a longer card.
Water pipes can be routed along the side of the PSU.
Silverstone Strider 550W PSU installed. PSU had a depth of 140mm
Top view of everything installed. Theres alot of room at the front for stuffing wires. I have the front panel wires tucked under the motherboard. Excess wiring for the H75 under the fans and cooler. All the power supply cables are crammed between the SSDs and the cooler. I need to swap to 90 degree SATA connectors as they are pressed up against the PSU.
So initial impressions....
Build quality seems quite good for the price. The frame seems sturdy, and the paint isn't flaking. I have lost some paint on the frame at the back where I had the power supply resting on the frame as I was tracking down an error (RAM wasnt in their sockets correctly) so I'll see how it holds up in the long run.
Because its so open it was very easy to work on. I was only planning on doing a mock install to plan where to put all the cables but I ended up wiring everything thing up. I was planning on shortening all the cables to clean up the air flow, but I'm debating whether to still do that. The case had just enough room to tuck the Silverstone short cables away. There's lots of room around the front of the case when using a 120mm AIO cooler. 140mm user will need to be more thoughtful.
The outside cover can be hard to get off. It really needed a raised edge at the back that you could grab to pull the cover back. As it is I used a screw driver to pop it off. The cover also only has screws holding it own, rather then twist screws, meaning you need a screw driver to remove the cover. I have plenty of twist screws from old builds.
Overall I'm very pleased with this case
Tomorrow I'll be doing a re-install of everything as I need to switch back to Windows 7 for study. I'll throw afterburner on and see what the temps are like with Prime95. However I haven't overclocked anything so it will only be stock temps. I'll also have another look as to whether I will shorten the cables or not, and will have another go at cable organisation.
Let me know if you have any questions