Thermaltake M9 ReviewDesja -
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As I have mentioned in other case reviews, I like to install the motherboard itself before I install any other components; I find it's easier to maneuver into place without the power supply getting in the way. Installing the bare motherboard first also prevents accidental component damage if I slip with my screwdriver. After the motherboard is installed, I set up my PSU and slap the RAM in place.
Next, I plug all of the front panel wires into their headers, and install my hard drive and SATA DVD burner - and I always do my best to run the wires cleanly. The tool-less drive calipers are awesome; you just unlock them, slide the drive in, and lock the drive snugly in place.
The last components I install are my video and audio cards, and I'm thrilled to find that these tool-less expansion slot locks aren't flimsy like so many others. In order to lock your cards into place, you pinch the tabs together then slide the ratchet into place and let go of the tabs.
Now, with everything locked in place, I fired up the PC and was very impressed. The case looks incredible, with the blue LED fans in the front and rear, and the beautiful clear side window. I have always been a fan of black and blue, and this case is a great example why.
Let's test this case against some competitors.