Building a System
A standard ATX motherboard fits perfectly. Note that there’s plenty of room between the motherboard and top of the case for even a thick radiator and fans (although a thick 360mm radiator and fans might interfere with the EPS-12V power cable).
One complaint: there’s a mere 5/8″ of clearance between the back of the motherboard tray and the case panel. This will be reduced to less than 1/2″ when the panel’s attached due to the thickness of the sound absorbing foam.
The front edge of the motherboard tray tilts up at about a 40-degree angle to provide mounting points for the drive caddies. This means that an ATX motherboard is the largest you can fit; anything longer, like an XL-ATX or EATX board, would hit the edge of the motherboard tray.
Cables for 2.5″ devices mounted here tuck neatly into the provided cable opening, along with the motherboard front panel cables and a USB line. But see that opening just to the right of the 2.5″ drive?
That’s for your PCI-E power cables. In this build, I’m using dual NVIDIA GTX580 reference cards, with each card requiring both a 6-pin and an 8-pin power connector, so there are a total of four cables routed here…and there’s room for at least two more.
Let’s continue this build in the next section.