To install drives and the power supply in the Elite 360 the front panel must be removed. Although we don't have the push-button drive locks on this case, Cooler Master includes these slip-on rails that make installation almost as easy. All of the drives are installed through the front of the chassis. The power supply must be installed from inside and these special long screws attach it to the frame. The power extension cord is then plugged in and the bezel can be reinstalled.
Installing a full size ATX motherboard and aftermarket CPU cooler can be quite a task, especially getting everything cabled up. The power supply is installed upside-down and depending on the length of the unit, may overhang the motherboard. A smaller PSU with short or modular cables will be beneficial here. Care must be taken to route wires away from interference with fan blades.
Cooler Master has thoughtfully cut vent holes in the top or right side panel in the areas over the CPU socket and power supply location. Good thing too because both come very close to the underside of the panel, and the ability to draw fresh outside air will aid cooling immensely. The Elite 360 looks equally good as either a mini-tower or a desktop configuration. As with most Cooler Master LEDs, the blue power and hard drive activity lights are very bright.