Test Bench and Installation
We would like to thank Corsair for sending us a PSU and some extra RGB fans to play with. The fans especially made this build pop with color. Below are the components were going to be incorporating in the build.
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7|
|Processor||Intel i7 8700k|
|Graphics||Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 ti|
|PSU||Corsair HX 750|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H115i Pro|
|RAM||4 x 8 gb 2933 mhz HyperX Predator|
|Fans||3 Corsair ML 120 mm RGB|
|SSD||Samsung SM951 512 GB M.2|
|HDD||Seagate 1TB HDD|
Right off the bat what we see here is the small amount of space you actually have to work with. As you can not remove the PSU cover, this made space extremely tight. We decided to keep the 3.5″ Drive bays in to appeal to the more budget gamer.
Our full size motherboard fit like a glove into its designated spot and we felt like we had plenty of room to play with in regards to running cables through grommets. The space above the motherboard only has two openings for cables to go through and made it quite difficult for our big hands to thread the needle. Our 280 mm radiator was literally made for this case, providing ample room for the AIO tubes to weave their way from pump to rad. As you can see the cutout in the PSU cover made it possible for our radiator to fit. You get a much better look here at the actual lack of space for cables, This is not a con due to the compact nature of this chassis. Up top you see two 120 mm exhaust fans to expel the heat. In addition to the two fans located on the top for exhaust, we added another for two reasons. One, the more airflow the better. Two, more RGB was needed in our idea of beautiful.There is an option of vertically mounting GPU’s with this chassis. As you can see the metal pieces which need to be removed are useless once they’re gone and if you want to switch back at some point you will have a huge open hole in the chassis. Cable management was simple. Corsair provided ample amounts of zip ties to help in the organization of these small black snakes. We removed our 2.5″ quick release drive bays in order to replace them with the fan software controllers Corsair provided us. This was a huge success and they look like they belonged there.
We are in love with this build. Everything fell right into place with limited need for troubleshooting.