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Hi guys,

I built my new rig in an Azza Hurrican 2000, which set me back about $100 after MIR. Right after I bought it, though, Intel recalled all the P67's, and I never bothered testing it out with old parts to see if I was happy with it, so I didn't have the option of returning when I finally put my build together. While its actually a decent case, I have few issues. The fans on it seem to barely move any air, the motherboard tray doesn't allow quite enough room for cabling, and the accent windows seem to highlight the one spot in the case that cable management is really poor (the molex daisy on the easy swap).

While I can live with the second two complaints, the air flow really bothers me and I'm trying to decide what to do about it. So far, these are what I've come up with.

1. Augment the fans by getting new 120mm for the bottom, rear, and possibly the front ($30 - $50).

2. Add a water cooling kit (~$150).

3. Replace all the fans, including the 200mm ($100 - $120).

4. Use this case as a media server (instead of the 900 I was planning on), and getting a CM HAF-X for my gaming PC (~$200).

To be honest, I'm leaning toward #4. I think the airflow of the Azza is more than adequate for a media server, its got easy swap bays, and its quiet enough that I can hide it in my basement closet without being annoyed the fans.

On the other hand, part of me can't help but feel I'll have wasted $100 and blown my water cooling budget if I buy a new case when I've got an unused 900 that can be used just fine for a media server.

So, help me out here...is it worth "upgrading." Other advantages to upgrading would be that I gain back a PCI slot (currently used by my rear panel USB 3.0), I could shut off the LED lights on the front (since the PC is in my bedroom), and I'd be able to actually see the PC I built.

I suppose it really boils down to two things...is it worth upgrading the fans, and I really like the HAF-X and regret not buying it to start with.

Looks aside, will I find the air cooling system in the HAF-X much better than the Hurrican? Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

BP
Edited by BackwardPawn - 4/26/11 at 8:27pm
post #2 of 6
If you go with the watercooling route it will negate the airflow issue a little bit since it's less reliant on it with the rads having their own fans..

If you do that and then buy a HTPC case on the side for your other build ($30-50) you should still come out ahead of a HAF X price..

In the end it's up to you though..I would go with the watercooling or the HAF X..I think replacing all the fans is a bad idea for the money..either make it work with watercooling or put it into the media graveyard with a HAF X to replace.
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on your choices since like you said, cable management is really difficult on your current case, i'd go on buying the HAF X. There are also other cases there with great cable management and plentiful of room to work with.

if you will go WC, like blahblahblah stated, it will negate some heat issues since it will depend on the rad but take note there is still a graphics card in there that needs to be cooled.

the upgrade fan option is really not an option if cabling is poor on your current case BUT maybe you could use some cable ties on it? the fans MAY be an option.

but my vote goes to upgrade to a better case with lots of room for cable management and has an option to put lots of fans or WC inside the case
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Basically my build setup looks like this: Gaming PC (Hurrican 2000), HTPC (Fractal Design Refine R3), Media Server (Antec 900). I really don't like the 900 due to poor cable management, so I wouldn't have much of a problem shifting the Azza over for that purpose and getting the HAF. I think I still got a pretty good deal on the Azza (despite my buyers remorse). I'm just not sure if its worth the extra money. If I do it, I probably won't go with water for a while.
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Hi sawbawballs,

I've actually done a pretty good job with cable management, considering the space restriction (and the fact that I went with a non-modular PSU for some reason). But in order to put the back panel back on, I had to force the corners into their slots. While its not noticeable, I'm kinda worried that the pressure on the motherboard tray will damage the board over time. With a cheaper motherboard, like I might use for a server, I don't think I'd worry about this so much...I probably will go with the HAF-X since the Antec case might still make noise hidden in the closet and this is pretty quiet.
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