For our build we decided to use a full ATX motherboard to see if we encounter any fitment problems.
Our build consists of:
Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
Ram: Crucial 8GB DDR 1600mhz Sport
GPU: XFX HD6950
SSD: 120GB OCZ Agility 3
Drive: Samsung DVD-RW
Cooling: Cooler Master Seidon 120M AIO Liquid CPU Unit
PSU: BFG 1000watt EX PSU – semi modular
First, with the motherboard tray removed we installed our motherboard and it went without any complications. In-fact, we found it to be much easier to be able to mount the motherboard outside of the chassis.
To show you the motherboard cut out we flipped the tray over and, as you can see, they have made it large enough that you won’t have problems with the installation of any back plate needed for the cooler you will use. This will come in handy for those looking to use this as a test bench since the motherboard tray is removable and swapping out CPU coolers will be easy.
Here are some final shots of our complete build. Installation went without a hitch and cable management was easy since the motherboard tray was out of the way. We had the Cooler Master Seidon 120m mounted to the rear with the fan in pull configuration. A full size graphics card went in without any problems.
Here’s another look with the system installed. As you can see, there is plenty of space to work here. Even for those that plan on running more then one graphics card you shouldn’t run into fitting problems with the layout.
Here’s just another look, but this time with the side panels installed.
To show you our cable management, here are some side shots of the hardware installed. You can see that the cables are all tucked away on the side which keeps them out of the way to maintain airflow.
Here is a closer look at the PSU section where you can see that, even with an extended PSU installed, we had plenty of room to route our cables.
Here’s another look from the other side. Another item to note here is that both 5.25″ bays are completely tool-less as well. You will be able to lock in our device and accessories with the plastic locking mechanism on the side.
Going around to the back-side, the set-up is rather clean and leaves a clutter-free look. One more note for the rear… if you take a look on the left side of the case you will notice 3 circular holes that are covered. If you plan on installing external water cooling you will need to punch out the holes for tube routing; however, they did not include any rubber grommets.
For our build we decided to use the X-Dock to install our SSD, and they look very good together. Afterwards, a quick slide into the front dock and it’s ready for use.
Here’s another quick look at how we mounted the SSD. As we mentioned earlier, you will need to use screws to mount it to the X-Dock.
Here’s our final look with the panels installed and we are impressed with the Cooler Master HAF XB Chassis. Aesthetically speaking, the mesh finishing and sleek black design is very appealing . Also, the versatility of the case is top notch, and swapping hardware couldn’t be any easier.