Wonder Twin powers, activate! Form of... a fully assembled PC
Okay, so we didn't exactly work our way up to the assembly part. There really isn't a whole lot to it, though, and connecting our hard drive and optical drives was surprisingly quick. The hardest part for me was routing those PSU cables. Our build's BFG power supply isn't modular, and its cables are almost too short for an inverted setup like this. Still, I was able to route the CPU power cable behind the motherboard tray and through that hole at the top left. With some tugging, the motherboard power connector made its way through a couple of the rubber-lined openings to its destination, as well.
The result, as you can see above, is an impressively tidy PC with little cabling to impede airflow or obstruct access to vital components. I should point out, once again, how much room this case leaves around the motherboard. If you've ever fought trying to plug those awful little power, reset, and LED connectors into the corresponding motherboard pins while working in a cramped enclosure, you'll see the appeal.
Cue horror music crescendo. The interior's impressive tidiness comes at the cost of a spaghetti salad on the other side. I probably could have done a better job, had I used the cable ties Corsair ships with the case and tossed in a modular PSU. If you're going to have a mess of cables, though, it might as well be on this side of the caseas long as the tangled mess doesn't prevent the right panel from closing, that is.
Note the orientation of the hard drive. Since the internal storage bays are wide open from both sides, you can leave the connectors on the messy side and slide 3.5" drives in with no problem. Corsair definitely deserves props for the tool-less hard-drive caddies, too. The caddies are made out of a flexible plastic, and they snap onto hard drives using rubber-grommeted studs. All you have to do is flex the caddy until the studs pop into the drive's screw holes.
Corsair deserves additional praise for outfitting the caddies with screw holes for 2.5" drives. The only caveat is that you'll need to pull out one of the grommeted studs (so the 2.5" drive sits flush against the edge) and use a screwdriver. With solid-state drives becoming increasingly affordable, making all internal storage bays dual-purpose like this seems like a great idea. Just because someone only spends $160 case now doesn't mean they're not going to be building a four-drive SSD RAID array down the road, right?
How does one install an optical drive inside the Graphite Series 600T? Step one: reach in and remove the bay cover. Step two: pull the tab on the side of the bay. Step three: push your optical drive in until you hear a click. Congratulations, you're done. Too bad optical drives are going out of fashion, because the installation process is satisfyingly simple. (If you must know, lifting the tab frees a sort of see-saw with two studs on one side and a wedge on the other. Sliding the drive in pushes the wedge outward, which brings the studs inward and locks the drive into place.)
The power supply goes here. My only complaint is about that little metallic bracket with the two thumb screws. The bracket doesn't actually slide in to meet the edge of the PSU; you must remove both screws and move the whole apparatus up toward a different set of holes. Re-seating and securing the bracket is tedious and possibly unnecessary, since it didn't sit flush against our BFG PSU when I was done.