Building With The PC-9N
Owners of older motherboards need not feel neglected; Lian Li includes a USB 3.0-to-USB 2.0 internal header adapter. Shoulder screws make up much of the remaining hardware, preventing the over-tightening of the hard drive tray’s vibration-damping rubber grommets.
Another set of uninstalled grommets support a single 2.5” drive atop the 3.5” tray.
Several sets of holes allow the PC-9N’s tray to face left, right, or front-to-back. I turned it 180° from stock to put cable ends where I wanted them.
Though many builders prefer a clean cable installation, I prefer easy access. The PC-9N’s lack of cable stowage will affect various builders differently, though a few cable ties could tidy this installation slightly.
The lack of any side-panel windows means that nobody will know whether you’ve spent hours tying your cables into an inflexible mass or simply tucked them up against motherboard braces. Plastic covers reduce noise that would otherwise escape directly through side-panel fan mounts from CPU and graphics coolers.