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I wanted a small case with great versatility, so I started with the CoolerMaster Elite 130. I have had many coolermaster cases in the past and I haven't been disappointed. The price was great too. I put in a Corsair H80i. I have one optical drive, one SSD, and TWO HDD's inside. I do not have a GPU, I went with AMD and got an A8-6600k.

1st problem with a water cooler, depending on how long or stiff the hoses are, you might not be able to mount it with the hoses on the VGA side. I couldn't. I had to put it on the side with the HD mount. I actually removed the HD mount and moved it to the other side. The screws don't perfectly match up, but it actually stays in place pretty well. I plan on drilling a couple holes in the near future.

I have also seen one review that showed that you can mount one HDD on one side of the mounting bracket and an SSD on the other side and it actually still fits in the case. There was some pressure on the cables from the rolled metal edges, but you could flatten them with a couple taps from a hammer or cut out a notch with a dremmel. With the mounting bracket on the VGA side, you might not be able to fit a very big video card in there any more.

2nd problem-the H80i has two fans and a double thick radiator. It is big. When it is mounted in place, it completely blocks the SSD mount on the bottom of the optical drive. It also blocks the HD mount on the bottom of the case. But you still can mount an SSD. Depending on what water cooler you get, this might be less of an issue. If you get a standard depth water cooler with only one fan, you should still be able to mount the SSD on the bottom of the optical drive with the HDD on the bottom of the case. I ended up putting my last HDD on the side where the mounting bracket used to be. It is sandwiched in between the radiator hoses and the side of the case, laying on its side. It is not secured currently, but with the pressure from the hoses, it stays in place pretty well. I plan on drilling a couple of holes in the bottom of the case so that I can secure it directly to the case.

I removed that tiny little side fan. I have the two fans on the water cooler that are pulling/pushing into the case and then my PSU acts as an exhaust.

The case is a great case with really good versatility. If I was to do it again, I would probably get a mobo with 6 SATA ports. This one only had 4. I would then get a standard water cooler rather than a double thick, dual fan model. I would then do a small modification so that I could fit 3 HDDs, 1 SSD, and an optical drive.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to get some faster RAM for that APU. Other than that, it looks pretty good to me.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That's definitely on my short list of upgrades. All of my parts that have a $0 price are parts that I stripped from an htpc that I built over 4 years ago.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. Will be perfect when finished! Then again, once you start building PC's, you are never finished :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Bargain Builds are the best.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

holy ******* **** dust and that cable managment