Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (RC-431P) Mid Tower CaseJan 30th, 2012 | By Jared
I always start the install with the power supply and as you can see even the large 1000W Ultra X3 fits without any issues.
Next up is installing the motherboard standoffs, made easy with the use of a screwdriver by the included standoff socket. Motherboard went in without any issues but as you can see with some boards and heatsinks there is no way you will be able to install any fans in the top two mounts.
Tool free installation on the 5.25″ bays gets the optical drives installed in no time flat.
As with most mid towers, you make some compromises with the size which often results in some cramped quarters. You can see that longer video cards will fit, but you have to be better at wire management than I am ;).
With more time this can look better, but all wires have to go in this space to hide.
With the entire system installed it is cramped like most mid towers but all in all the installation went without any hiccups or issues.
Luckily the shape of the side window should hide most of the mess of wires if you aren’t too tidy. Once powered up the Elite 431 Plus retains a classy and clean look.