Build:I, unfortunately, did not take pictures along the way or what my kitchen table looked like that week while waiting for all parts to arrive in mail.
1. To start out, I tied all the cables I would not be using as neat as I could to a corner of the case (all the extra fan LED power cables and fan cables that came with case). I also removed the additional 3.5 drive bays that are normally in front of front intake fan to improve airflow and work space since I had no intention of installing more than 6 3.5 inch drives.
You can kind of see this in finished product here: http://mysticalos.co...ast/cabling.JPG
2. Second, I installed the power supply into case and pulled out what cables I knew I'd be needing to power everything (but I did not yet install any of them).
3. Next, I installed the full size ATX motherboard pins into the case. Then I seated the motherboard and mounted to case. I then added power cables I needed to run for board (3 cables total).
4. Then, I removed cpu socket cover and gently put the Haswell CPU into socket and secured it, ensuring there was no hair or dust or oils from fingers ever making content with the exposed sockets. Once cpu was secure, I added the 32 gigs of memory to the slots right next to cpu since I knew that memory becomes inaccessible after cpu cooler is installed.
5. Because the cpu cooler is a beast and makes getting around case much harder, I elected to install all the case fans next. I installed the megaflow 200 into top of case to pull rising heat out of the case. I removed the built in rear fan and replaced it with superior Noctua NF-A15 PWM as a rear exhaust fan. I mounted the two Noctua NF-F12 to side panel but did not yet hook them up since during build I popped that side panel off to move around easier. The case came with the 2 hard disk bay fans already installed. I'm also using the cases stock front intake fan as well (although I may swap it out with something a little more powerful as I'm not quite satisfied with it's air intake volume.
6. I cabled all the fans to the most appropriate FAN ports on motherboard in neatest way possible. You can see most of that here: http://mysticalos.co...usb_hookups.JPG
. The only fans that are ugly right now in my setup are the two side panel fans since I did't have enough cabling to run it along door to hinge and then into case. They are direct wired and dangling when case door is open as you can see in final picture here: http://mysticalos.co...access_side.JPG
7. I installed my two SSDs plus the 1 HDD I got in lower bays. I installed the LG Blu-Ray drive I already had into optical bays. I ran SATA cable and power to all the drives plus i ran additional cables to the 2 3.5 hot swap bays in front of case because I knew I would use them to transfer files from old system. You can sort of see that here: http://mysticalos.co...rive_access.JPG
and here: http://mysticalos.co..._drive_bays.JPG
8. Now was the fun part. Now that cabling was pretty much done, I put the rear case back on and then turned case over to it's side. I applied thermal paste to cpu and then mounted the beast of a cooler on. Then, hooked the two supplied fans into the CPU_FAN ports on motherboard and tucked cables to make sure they did not lean against heat sink or get caught in the upper 200mm fan. You can sort of see it here: http://mysticalos.co...s/Beast/cpu.JPG
9. Next, it was time to put the GPU in. I choose to put it in PCI-E slot 3 to put space between it and cpu cooler. On my board, There are 3 PCI express 16x slots so I'm given choice to not be forced to use PCI-1 like some older boards. You can see that here: http://mysticalos.co...rd_overview.JPG
and a closer view of GPU here: http://mysticalos.co...s/Beast/gpu.JPG
10. After that, I just put the other door back on, hooked in my ugly dangling side door fan cables, tuck them neatly as I close door and start hooking up all the things in the back.Full picture album here:http://mysticalos.com/images/Beast/