Cooler Master Elite 371 Midtower Case
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-24-2011
Provided by: Cooler Master

Hardware installed:

AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 3.2 GHz
Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 770 R
G.Skill 2gb DDR3 1600
Raidmax Hybrid 450w PSU
EVGA Geforce 9400 GT
HHD1: Seagate 320gb (2.5”)
HHD1: Samsung 1.0tb (3.5”)

I followed my usual install path and started with the DVD drive. Once the plate was removed, the drive slid in easily and locked into place with the slider. The traditional brass standoffs weren’t difficult to install, but I found myself wishing they had included the standoff socket like we saw in the CM Storm Enforcer.

After installing the mainboard I realized the expansion slot covers were of the type that must be broken out. Sure it is a cost saving measure, but another older feature that I wish they had updated. It isn’t a big deal though if you won’t be swapping hardware out with any frequency. With the 3.5” drive bay rails being somewhat thin, you can however fit a decent sized graphics card into this case.

Due to the trimmed back nature of this case, there isn’t a whole lot in the way of cable routing. Yet, with the unpainted interiors and no side window, you can use some zip-ties or twist ties to clean up the install a bit. If you look at the last picture I hadn’t done this yet, but there is clearly plenty of locations where you could attach some tie downs.

Looking at the last picture you can see there is a large cutout on the mainboard tray. This will allow easy swapping out with aftermarket coolers. A decent cooler venting out of the top would remove some of the need for additional fans there.

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