I moved my HW out from a much loved Antec P180 because i don’t think I’ll ever need ATX size motherboards anymore so then I could have a smaller case. I saw this new m-ATX case and fell in love - flipped MB – 180mm fan !! I bought it as soon as could get my hands on it (not much love for the fan though, but more on that later). But the gods are good, it’s a lot easier to rest my feet on top of the case now
At the time of purchase (october 2011) I had running a Seasonic X-650, Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 (+USB3 card), i7 860 w/Noctua NH-U12P (no fan but exhaust), 2x 4GB Kingston lowprofile value Ram, Sapphire Radeon 5850 w/AC Accelero S1 r2 fanless, Intel G2 80GB SSD + 3-4 3,5” HDDs. I mounted the PSU fan down and intend to keep it that way unless something proves otherwise. I had a 120mm exhaust fan that’s not in the picture, think it was Schythe Slipstream. *Forgot to mention; the darn thing was cooking when gaming...
The other side, good room for cables – I don’t like to tie things down too much, for easier service and later reworkings.
I tried to put the VLN/ULN adapters from Noctua on the main 180mm fan to take some noise away but I didn’t start or was still noisy. After that we were never friends anymore and it just made more noise now, on low stteing without adapters, than it had when we started. So after a while I took it out – still waiting for the aftermarket for 180mm fans to pick up…
In the meantime I took the HD cage out and vandalized it a little bit (knocked out the frame in the one end, cage got a bit 'softer') to be able to turn the drives around with the cabling towards the front panel – lots more room there now with the big fan gone. I wish the case had allowed for HD cage with cables toward the side panel, only missing a few mm’s.. I did have some drastic ideas, but gave up since it was too cramped.
..and so came the time to buy some new huffy puffy silicone for this black beauty (july 2012).Enter Z77 motherboard, i7 3770K CPU, 8GB 1600Mhz RAM, 670GTX graphics card, 120GB SSD.
I also got hold of a longtime wet dream, the Macho heatsink from Thermalright (not the original though) – I’m running it without a fan on since the exhaust fan is very close and I don’t regularly put excessive loads on the CPU. As you can see I also made some cardboard ducting, held up by the CPU support that’s built into the case. I named my PC Tandoori chicken after the first cardboard piece I made. Later I made a better one and rechristened the box to Chicken Vindaloo which is proper considering the >hot< hardware.
I probably will do a little more ducting later, I also put gaffertape over some ventilation holes in the back, as I don’t have positive air pressure in the case (yet.. (?) ).