Installation

Here you’ll find my quick look at installing some typical PC components into the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 to see if there are any strong positives or draw backs to its design.

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First, having the power supply at the bottom of the case might seem a little odd at first.  This helps keep the heaviest part of the case the bottom (thus preventing tips) as well as allowing any intake fans on the power supply to help bring in cool air into the system.  Even with this Cooler Master 850 watt that is longer than most PSUs, we still have a lot of room for getting the rest of our cables in place.

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After putting in the correct stand offs and installing the motherboard into the case, you can clearly see the Cosmos 1000 has room to spare.  In fact, this case can support eATX motherboards as well that are typically used in servers and workstations. 

Overall I am impressed by how easy the motherboard install went and how much room even bigger hands will have when putting in graphics cards and other items.  This of course is a big product of the size of the case, and some users may with to sacrifice initial comfort for a more diminished case size afterwards.

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That 8-pin ATX extender cable that Cooler Master included came in very handy with our power installation as it would have been a stretch to make it otherwise.  Plus, with the extra length, we can route the power cable somewhere out of the way and keep the inside cleaner and more aerodynamic.

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After getting the motherboard in and putting a SATA drive into one of the drive bays I routed the SATA power cable and SATA data cable through the slots along the back of the case.

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After feeding them, the data and power cables attach to the hard drive along the back.  This method of attaching the drives effectively minimizes the cables and connections that are showing inside the case making the finished system look a lot cleaner as long as you take the time cable tie correctly. 

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Putting in a pair of NVIDIA’s 8800 GTX cards gives us a much busier looking system though the power supply location allows you to keep the cable clutter to a minimum. 

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Installing the duct back onto the case clearly shows how it helps the graphics card funnel air from the front of the case (theoretically the coolest air) across the cards and out the rear of the case through the GPU’s own cooling fans. 

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The only real negative I found during my case installation periods was this: every once in a while the thin black gasket along the door seams would come loose at the corners forcing us to push them back into place with a small flat head screw driver.  Not a big hassle but something to watch for to prevent the entire seam from falling out.

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