Corsair Obsidian 650D Midtower Chassis
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 06-09-2011
Provided by: Corsair
Hardware Installation

I will be installing the following hardware in the 650D:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
Corsair Hydro H70 Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair 2x 2GB XMS3 DDR3
MSI R6850 Power Edition
OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD
TT Toughpower Grand 1050W
Optical drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Hardware installation went really smooth. I started by installing the power supply and running all of the modular cables I would need for it. I then added the motherboard and connected the front panel cables. SSD installation was next, followed by the optical drive and finally, the CPU / water cooling unit, memory and video card were added.

As you can see, with a little time invested in cable management, this chassis looks amazing. It's not quite as clean as the 800D install but that has to do with available space, not a lack of cable management features. I'm really happy with how this turned out.

My only complaint during installation has to do with the front bezel and the optical drive. It seems that the bezel is designed so the optical drive simply slides in without having to remove the bezel. This is fine until you need to remove the bezel for whatever reason, which means you also have to take the optical drive out. With my optical drive, it wouldn't slide out through the bezel as there is a tiny lip around the edge.

Let's move ahead and wrap things up with some final thoughts and a conclusion.

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