Ok! Phase one one is complete!
I received the case, and installed all the hardware. The case is really nice, with one small drawback. If you have more than one HD, it gets a little tricky. The case has, as the web page states, has room for three 3 1/2 drives, and two 5 1/4 drives. The problem is that 2 hard drives will not fit in the 3 1/2 bays (2 floppy drives would). So I put one in the 3 1/2 bays. One down one to go.
The problem is that the other hard drive bay is on the far right of the case (section 2 in the photo) mounted vertically. If you only had one hard drive and a CD/DVD you would be ok using that drive bay, as you could use 2 seperate IDE cables. In my case (and just about EVERYONE else's) you have a DVD in the system as well.
The problem with this is a standard IDE cable does not have enough length between the double ends to reach from where the DVD is mounted, and then to run to the right side of the case. What I did to overcome this, was to use the area hilighted in yellow in the photo, to "rig" up my 2nd hard drive there. It was a pain as I had to put one screw in the drive bay facing outwards to hold the drive in place. I placed one more screw on the top of the fan mount. It is far from perfect, and not mounted 100% solid, but this thing isnt going to be mounted in a vehicle or anything. The advantage of this is the drive is righy by the fan, to help keep it cool.
(To avoid this, you could simply get a longer IDE cable, but it was 9:30 at night when I started this, and I didnt feel like waiting another day to put it together!)
What I did like about this case is the way the top cover is designed. It has a grill and a donut shaped housing on the inside dirrectly over the processor to funell air. With the 2 fans in the case on the back, as well as the one on the side all being exhaust fans, this pulls fresh cool air dirrectly into that "donut" and goes dirrectly into the processor fan. I could never see the CPU overheating with this design.
The case also comes with a PCI case cover that you run your sound card out put into, and then another jack to run it back out to your speaker system (Small 1/8" to 1/8" cable included). Then, on the back of that PCI cover (Inside the case) is another 1/8" jack that you run the sppplied cable to power the meter on the front of the case. There is a vollume control on the front, to adjust the sensaticity of the needle. I had to figgure this out with just reasoning, as the instruction "pamphlet" is 100% USELESS!, I has 2 pages in english, and it seems that it was translated through 4 languages before it ever made it to english. On top of that, the 2nd english page is messed up as it starts and ends in english, but the main center part of that page is in french. A real mess! Here is a quote of a small part of the pamphlet that actually is in English to give you an idea of what I am talking about: (There are NO typos below, just the EXACT phrasing from the paper)
Cooler master power supply let you PC operate better and more efficient, with the best power source as it comes away to your PC" Great Huh? hehehe
Overall it is a great case, and looks nice in the entertainment center with the rest of my components. The sound meter lights up a nice blue, and the needle moves to whatever audio the system is pumping out.