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The WaveMaster ships without a power supply leaving it up to the user to decide how much wattage they need. My current PC sounds like an aeroplane when it starts up, so I wanted to create something a bit more sedate this time, so choosing the right power supply was important. I chose a 350W Gold Series power supply from Qtechnology. Besides providing enough power for the kind of PC I was putting together, the Gold Series power supplies are geared towards quiet operation. This power supply will automatically adjust the fan speed to ensure a balance of efficient cooling and quiet operation. Check out QuietPC if you like the sound (or more accurately no sound) of a Qtechnology power supply.
Installing the optical drives proved to be a little tricky. Besides the broken screw issue, the topmost drive bay will only allow you to put screws in the lower holes on a drive. This is a bit odd, but it shouldn’t really make your top drive any less secure. All the other drive bays give you access to all four screw holes on either side of the drive. The optical drives are hidden behind a curved aluminium door that’s held secure magnetically. Below the door is a protruding aluminium pillar behind which are the air inputs for the drive bay fans. Also hidden behind this pillar are two blue lights which create a pretty cool hazy blue effect when the PC is powered on.
CoolerMaster hasn’t spoiled the sleek front fascia of the case by including front mounted ports, but don’t think that this means you’ll have to be crawling around behind the case to connect devices. On the top of the case is a spring loaded flap underneath which hides a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port along with headphone and mic ports. This positioning is great for anyone who, like me, has their PC sitting on the floor next to them as access is very easy. Where the positioning isn’t so great is when you’re trying to rout the cables from the ports to the headers on your motherboard. Of course, how tidy you can make the cable routing depends on the layout of your motherboard.
As a finished product, the CoolerMaster WaveMaster case builds into a great looking PC. And with the Qtechnology power supply and CoolerMaster Aero heatsink and variable speed fan, it’s pretty quiet as well.
Of course with a case like this, as with any quality product, it doesn’t come cheap. At £117.21 you’re paying a fair bit for the WaveMaster, but if you want something that’s different, well built and easy to work with, it’s worth the asking price.
The WaveMaster is an expensive PC case, but it looks and feels expensive too. If you want to build a PC to be proud of rather than having to hide it in a corner, this a very good place to start.