If you have ever worked with these style cases, then you know what a pleasure it is to install/maintain/upgrade hardware. There is plenty of room to move around, and there are no sharp edges what so ever. There is plenty of room behind the 3½" drive racks to 'hide' most of your wiring. Mounting the motherboard to the case is done by using the brass standoffs in the array of marked motherboard mounting holes. Installing the drives is a snap as well with the removable 3½" drive racks, and the 5¼" drive rail system.
The Xpider case takes a tried and tested design and tweaks it just enough to make you say 'yeah, I need to upgrade my case...'. The new front bezel with the inclusion of the USB and sound/mic ports is a welcomed addition and while the mounting hardware of the window could be improved upon, the actual fit and finish of the window is sweet. Even with getting a 'pre-modded' case, there are still plenty of options left should you want to customize it any further.
Built upon the Antec/Chenming/Cheiftec design
Tri-Color LED fans included
420 Watt PSU
Thumb screws for the side panels
Flush mounted window
Front USB and sound/mic ports
Updated front bezel
Window mounting hardware could use a more professional touch
While the case is well enough left alone straight from the store, as you know, or will soon come to know if you visit the site enough, we just can't leave well enough alone. Here is what the finished install came to be. XPCases was kind enough to send along four Blue LED fans, a 12" Blue Cold Cathode, and matching black keyboard and mouse. While getting a 'pre-modded' case is a nice start, we here like to take it to the 'next level'. Here are some teaser pics of the case in its current state.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the article on the the final product...
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