A Look Inside
Getting inside the Pure Base 500 is very easy, just remove the four thumbscrews on the tempered glass side panel. Once inside we can see that we have a pretty standard 2-compartment design. With the main motherboard section up top and power supply cover separating the top and bottom of the case. This power supply cover extends most of the length of the case, but is cut at the front to support large watercooling setups. I really like that be quiet! continued the metallic grey color inside the case.
Looking at the front of the case we can see that the fans are installed on a simple rail system, which will make adding fans very easy. The motherboard tray supports motherboards up to ATX and has some interesting features. First there is built-in cable routing channel, which should definitely help out with keeping the inside of the case clean. On the far right there are two 2.5-inch solid state drive mounts, which are separated by another cable routing channel that has the be quiet! logo on it.
The top of the case is ventilated and has support for either two 120 / 140 mm fans or radiators up to 240 mm. At the rear of the case we can see that all of the expansion slots are held into place with thumbscrews.
Taking the opposite side panel off of the case we can see that there is sound dampening material installed on it. Looking at the backside of the case the first thing that stands out to me is the cable routing. be quiet! has given you four velcro cable ties to help keep your cables nice and organized. There are also plenty of cable tie-down points on the backside of the motherboard tray.
On the backside of the motherboard tray you’ll also find a hard drive mount, which supports up to two 2.5-inch solid state drives. It is fully removable by a single thumbscrew, which will make installation quite easy. The rest of your storage options are at the bottom of the case were you’ll find a standard hard drive cage that supports either two 3.5-inch drives or a single 2.5-inch drive.
On the opposite side of the bottom of the case is where you’ll mount your power supply and the Pure Base 500 will support full-size ATX power supplies. For those wondering about room for routing cables, there is about an inch of space between the motherboard tray and back side panel.