Installation and Test bench
As is customary we have provided the specs for our build today.
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7|
|Processor||Intel i7 8700k|
|Graphics||Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 ti|
|PSU||EVGA 1000w G3|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master ML360R RGB|
|RAM||4 x 8 gb 2933 mhz HyperX Predator|
|Fans||3 x Stock 120mm RGB fans|
|SSD||Samsung SM951 512 GB M.2|
|SSD||San Disk 1 TB|
Lets Dive right into the build!
We are really excited to see how this chassis handles when we install all of our components. We have chosen a larger budget build just for ease of installation here. In the confines of the chassis we installed our motherboard along with our Cooler Master 360 mm AIO. We had to install the standoff screws as they did not come pre-installed. Our radiator fit in perfectly. Weird how Cooler Master products fit well with other Cooler Master products! We obviously had to remove the front housing to get at the fan installation area. These all fit in very nicely and each fan slot had a cable hole to run the cables through. Unlike other mid tower chassis, the TD 500 provides ample room for you to run cumbersome cables such as CPU power as well as fan cables.
Calling ourselves future tellers would be a stretch, however, it doesn’t take a genius to see the clutter of PSU cables here. We would like to see the addition of a removable PSU cover in the future.
In the drive bay we secured our San Disk SSD with literally no problem at all. After installation of pretty much everything, you can see how much room we still have. This budget chassis ended up actually being pretty spacious. This is a win in our books!
The cable management area didn’t turn out too bad either. We had a few more cables than we expected with Cooler Masters RGB controller and we feel like we had them under control. The three RGB fans that came with this chassis found their way to exhaust spots. We are really happy with how the build went and how easy it actually was.