Got it built, minus the extra 120MM fans. Man the stock HSF for the A8-3850 is dinky! I bet the stock fan for my Athlon 64 3000+ back in the day was heavier duty.
Lessons learned in this build.
1) You can't install Windows 7 from a thumb drive on the USB 3.0 port (maybe if you loaded the drivers 1st?). Fought with this for 30 minutes until I put the drive in a USB 2.0 port, duh.
2) I really miss having a quiet computer. This thing hardly makes a sound and I'm jealous.
3) The UEFI BIOS on the ASRock board sucks. It's supposed to be more user friendly, I don't really think so. Plus there are some options in the BIOS I don't know off hand and the description for them tells me nothing. Hey ASRock how about a description of what the BIOS setting does.
As promised here are some pics of the build. I had high hopes for this case. But then I tired to put the back panel on and the tucked wires were too thick. If I had an extra half inch it would've been all good.Build Pics: Click the picture for a larger resolution.
Here's the specs on the included fan with the case. At full tilt it's extremely quiet and still moves some air. Pretty much what you'd expect from a stock NZXT fan.
Picture of the included fan with the flash.
Picture of the included fan, no flash. Kind of a moot point. I have since cut the LED wires.
Top panel of the case. Two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port and the front audio ports.
Front of the case, minus the cover.
The front panel connection cables.
Here's a pic to show how long the front panel connections are.
Rear of the case.
Interior rear of the case. Wasn't deep enough for routing all the wires.
This is the rear side of the front of the case. Behind all the expansion slots and in front of the intake fan there is some dust catching material. It really isn't secured in there with anything. If you took an air hose to it the pressure would probably blow all that stuff out.
Front panel design.
Everything installed in the case, minus a rear 120MM fan. Unfortunately I couldn't install the hard drive the other way for better cable management. I would've put in my GTX 260+ card but I have it installed in my HTPC for the time being. Just by eye-balling it the GTX 260+ would be really close (probably within an inch or so) of the hard drive rack.
Where I had to tuck the rest of the wires that weren't being used.