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Thanks.

To sum it up, I just got a new Gaming rig. See sig, its a HAF XM case. I am going to basic overclock the i5-2570k CPU to like 4 - 4.2 GHz and also want to OC my HD7950. Ive had rig for about a week so all I currently have are the Standard Fans that come pre-installed in it; the front 200mm, 1 top 200mm exhaust, rear 140mm exhaust (Thermaltake Liquid Cooling Push-Pull setup) . As I will be OCing I want to make sure I got the case getting proper airflow. I am about to order a 200mm for side intake, an additional 200mm for the open top slot, and was thinking of getting something for inside the case along the HDD rack but not sure if thats optimal anymore.

I want to keep a positive air pressure in the case to prevent dust issues. I have read in here that its suggested to make the top fans intake a lot of the time. Do you guys suggest that? If that is the case I would have 4 200mm intakes and only a 140mm exhaust lol.

Any suggestions are appreciated. I am open to anything

I'd suggest to use all of them as intake and (if you don't wanna cut the rear mesh grill off) you should also remove all your pci bracket covers (including the side one)
I know you have them already well ventilated however it's better to remove them
Also remove the three round top grommets wink.gif

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Thanks guys I'll give the suggestions a try.
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I've been following the other threads about it but wanted to ask you guys....HAF XB? What do you think? I know it's not the prettiest thing but for $99 and what it offers it's awful tempting.
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post #1664 of 2110
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I've been following the other threads about it but wanted to ask you guys....HAF XB? What do you think? I know it's not the prettiest thing but for $99 and what it offers it's awful tempting.

Well, I guess you could make a wind tunnel with everything on the motherboard as it's separate from the hard drives and such so I'd say it's pretty good. Just wish it used 140mm fans but beggars can't be choosers. tongue.gif
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Well, I guess you could make a wind tunnel with everything on the motherboard as it's separate from the hard drives and such so I'd say it's pretty good. Just wish it used 140mm fans but beggars can't be choosers. tongue.gif

You mean up front? It has both 120 and 140 mounts. thumb.gif I'm thinking about getting it just to see if my TY-140's will fit. thumb.gif
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I'll play devil's advocate on this case. biggrin.gif

A case design with lots of potential untouched and things designed wrong.
*6x 2.5" bays but only 2x 3.5" hot swap. Why are 6x 2.5" not 3.5"?confused.gif
* Top with raised area for 200mm fan but back only accepts 120mm fan. Why not make top 20mm higher and flat... possibly with provisions for mounting radiators in top as well. confused.gif
*Back vent 120mm and not 140mm... With so many coolers using 140mm fans common sense says design case with 140mm exhaust vent to match cooler. confused.gif
*Front vents put 2 layers of grille (one in front and one behind fans) to restrict airflow. confused.gif
*Are front vents big enough to accept new 140mm fan - 140x313mm radiators? confused.gif
*Bottom vent for PSU doesn't look like it is big enough to match 140mm PSU fan. confused.gif
post #1667 of 2110
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I have done a review of the NZXT Phantom 820, explored it fairly thoroughly, here.
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I'll play devil's advocate on this case. biggrin.gif
A case design with lots of potential untouched and things designed wrong.
*6x 2.5" bays but only 2x 3.5" hot swap. Why are 6x 2.5" not 3.5"?confused.gif
* Top with raised area for 200mm fan but back only accepts 120mm fan. Why not make top 20mm higher and flat... possibly with provisions for mounting radiators in top as well. confused.gif
*Back vent 120mm and not 140mm... With so many coolers using 140mm fans common sense says design case with 140mm exhaust vent to match cooler. confused.gif
*Front vents put 2 layers of grille (one in front and one behind fans) to restrict airflow. confused.gif
*Are front vents big enough to accept new 140mm fan - 140x313mm radiators? confused.gif
*Bottom vent for PSU doesn't look like it is big enough to match 140mm PSU fan. confused.gif

I share a lot of those concerns. The honey comb looking plastic behind the front filter looks like it would be easy to remove. Eh, screw it. I'll order it, throw my system in there (please fit Silver Arrow!) and see what happens, lol. Worse case scenario I'll go back to my lovely 650D or try the Define R4. thumb.gif
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dude that new phantom. So much want. I like how they combined the concepts of the switch 820 with the phantom and made it better. Really tempted to get it lol
   
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That Phantom 820 is really a good case. When I opened it I thought it was going to be a piece of metal with gewgaws and trinkets festooned over it. Instead, the thing won me over with its general excellence. Double thumbs up, IMO.
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