|Submited By: bob on 05/05/2010|
Two small mods. You have to cut out the side fan holes because fans don t clear them. [...] for some fan covers/filters...situation resolved. Now, on to the myth of both uATX and air cooling. I m getting 4.2g out of i7 930 with air...in this case. Hasn t gone over 67 deg. Case fit elongated modular PSU. The trick is to plug the CD drives in while half installed, then slide them the rest of the way in. Plenty of clearance for an ATI 5850 vid card. No problems with 6 sticks of tall ram either. Oh, yeah, the second mod...not really a mod. Put in a hot swap bay for 2cnd HDD. If I decide to cross fire, the lower HDD location would be in the way of the lower vid card (not a normal card though). Even with all of that stuff in the case I still have great airflow over the vid card, to the ram and CPU. A recommendation for air cooling: figure your intake cfm (3 fans in this case), you ll have to dig, but you can find the exhaust cfm of your PSU. The difference is what your rear exhaust fan s cfm should be, getting as close to equal as possible...(= perfect air flow). No one can seem to agree if +/- pressure in case is better. But the consensus is that a slightly positive amount of pressure will keep the case from sucking in dust. This is a perk for those who like to showcase their boxes.
All in all, this has to be one of the cleanest looking builds I ve done in some time. Great Job by Cooler Master.