|Cooler Master HAF-932 AMD Edition AM-932|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 16 December 2009|
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Building the HAF AMD System
I'm a firm believer in building a system in any case I review; I almost always find things during a build that weren't obvious simply looking at the case. Since this is an AMD-themed case, I used an ASUS Crosshair III motherboard, an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor, two XFX Radeon HD5770 video cards, and 4GB of OCZ AMD Black Edition memory. A Seasonic X750 Gold power supply provides the juice, and a Titan Fenrir "Christmas Edition" heatsink (chosen because its red matches the case) cools the overclocked CPU. The size of the Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition makes building a system pretty easy, even without a removable motherboard tray. There's so much interior room that you're never short of work space, as the photo below shows.
The large holes for the release snaps on the 5.25" drive bay covers make popping them off easy, but allow your devices to show through. It's not bad if your devices are black, but the silver metal of the Plextor Blu-ray drive is visually jarring. Fortunately, Cooler Master provides a sheet of black stickers you can use to cover anything showing through.
I ran into a problem installing the XFX Radeon HD5770 video cards. A small tab on the card, shown below, interfered with the lip of the retaining latch Cooler Master uses. I could use the lower of the two latches needed for the card, but the upper clip would not latch down. I left it up and secured the card with a screw. The plastic latches work well enough otherwise, but with a large, heavy double-slot video card like a GTX280 or Radeon 5870, you might want to use screws anyway.
That was the only problem I ran into during the build. Just cleaning up the cabling behind the motherboard took more time; in just a couple of hours, I was ready to go. We're looking good from the front...
...but the dragon imprint on the side window is all but invisible when you have components in the case. Interior lights make the situation even worse. A laser-etched or engraved design, with a frosted-white appearance, would have been much more visible, especially with internal lighting.
My final thoughts and conclusion follow in the next section.