We praised the Graphite Series 600T for making system assembly painless. The 650D, as you might expect considering its identical internals, is no different.
The inside of the enclosure is delightfully roomy, even with a full-sized ATX motherboard installed. Corsair ships the case with motherboard standoffs pre-installed, and there's an extra-tall standoff with a rounded top in the middle, which serves to keep the motherboard in place while you're bolting it on—definitely a nice touch.
All of the cables hang on the right side, at least if you're tidy enough to route them properly. Oddly, departing from the 600T's good example, the 650D doesn't come with the fan controller wires pre-connected and tucked away. I had to take care of that myself with a cable tie, which was... well, see the jumbled mess of black-and-white wires at the top? Yeah.
Despite the similarities between the 600T and 650D, assembling this machine gave me the (perhaps mistaken) impression that there was less space to go around on the right side of the chassis, which is why I left a couple of the power supply's cables in the main compartment. My 600T build was slightly cleaner. Perhaps the business with the fan controller and the extra connectors for the built-in hard-drive dock contributed to the messier 650D build.
Getting hard drives and optical drives installed is as simple as ever. As I noted earlier, the 3.5" trays snap onto hard drives using rubber-grommetted metal studs. The optical drives, meanwhile, need no rails or screws to install. Just remove the front cover, pull the tab on the side of the bay, and push the drive in until you hear a click.
|HGST packs 1.5TB into 9.5-mm, three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 notebook drive||10|
|Hardware: Shipbreakers trailers highlight back-story, freemium perks||8|
|MSI lifts the curtain on Z87 MPower motherboards||26|
|Samsung's latest 13.3'' notebook screen has a 3200x1800 resolution||64|
|The PC graphics market was kind to Nvidia last quarter||28|
|Gigabyte offers early peek at Z87 motherboards||32|