Building with the HAF Stacker System
This is a two-part build: I’m putting my mini-ITX Hackintosh system into the 915F, and a standard ATX PC into the tower component of the 935, which will be the “top” system.
Mounting the motherboard, drives, and power supply is quick and easy. Note the three drives: one on the floor of the case, one on a vertical riser to the side, and one under the 5.25″ bay.
The drive mounting in this case does present some problems. The drives mounted on the floor of the case and under the 5.25″ bay are so close to the metal that you can’t use a SATA power cable in the “middle” of a cable run, since the wires coming out both sides of the connecter would prevent it from plugging in. You’ll need to use “straight” power connectors such as the one shown above.
This view is from the top rear of the case, looking across the water cooler I used. The middle part of the case is mostly empty except for the inevitable snarls of cables. With the drives mounted the way they are, it’s almost impossible to have neat cabling.
Still, the overall build was much easier than it is in most mini-ITX cases. There’s even plenty of room for an NZXT internal USB hub, visible at the lower right.
The mid-tower component provides plenty of room for a build. I’m using a standard ATX motherboard here, but as you can see there’s ample space for an EATX board. I’ve removed the upper 3.5″ drive bay to open up the airflow across the dual NVIDIA GTX580s I’ll be using. Although Cooler Master includes only a single fan with this case, you can mount two 120mm fans in the front, between the steel case frame and the snap-off front bezel.
Most tool-less drive caddies require you to push in rubber-mounted pins, or flex the entire caddy to snap a drive in. The HAF Stacker caddies are very rigid and will not bend at all, but pressing a small release allows them to snap open about 10mm as shown on the left. Drop the drive in, push the caddy closed (as shown on the right), and the drive’s secured.
Let’s continue this build in the next section.