System Configuration & Build
Being that there is a lot of options for a build in Cooler Master TD500L because of how it was designed I decided to do something a little more basic compared to a full on custom water loop.. or 2. For a CPU cooler, I decided to go with the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360. I wanted to show off its capabilities at having a 360mm radiator in the front of the case. I actually used an EATX motherboard to show that it can unofficially support motherboards a little wider than standard ATX size. For the power supply and cables, I went with the rm750i from Corsair using the standard cables. Since so many motherboards support m.2 style of SSD I didn’t include any 2.5” or 3.5” drives because clean sleek builds are becoming more and more what people want and desire. I left the standard 120mm fan in the back of the case as a vent. I also didn’t include any fans at the top of the case because I have adequate cooling and noise levels.
Before we were able to place in the motherboard we had to install the standoffs. Being that we used an EATX motherboard and they share similar holes I was able to mount it like an ATX motherboard with no modifications. The motherboard does start to cover up the cable routing holes so be careful if you go too wide.
After the motherboard installation, I went with the next biggest piece which was the CPU cooler. There was plenty of space to install the rads and fans to the front of the case while also having space to route the fan cables alongside the cooler without being able to see them.
Next, I installed the GPU and it was fairly uneventful as you just need to remove the thumb screws that pertain to whichever expansion slot you want to access.
Routing the cables took a little more work than I first hoped. You need to connect the cables to everything in the system and plug them into the power supply while it is outside the case. After that, you just walk it into the case slowly and then screw down. The cables remained snug but not too tight so they all stayed in place well and I didn’t use any of the tie downs.
The cables for the CPU cooler are quite lengthy so I removed the 2 Hard Drive trays to make space for a cable cubby (basically just stuffed them in there).