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I plan on swapping my Antec 900 for a NZXT Phantom but have a few concerns.

1.) Most of the Phantom setups I've seen use modular PSU. The main reason I'm upgrading is for improved cable management. I can just barely close the back panel on my 900 and even then the cables are a mess. How roomy is the back of the phantom?

2.) I've read a lot of mixed reviews concerning the NZXT's cooling. Are there any cases in the <$150 price range that are significant cooler?

If you're not a fan of the phantom, can you suggest a case with superior cooling and cable management? Looks aren't important.

All comments are appreciated
Edited by nezzarix - 7/30/11 at 6:12pm
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post #2 of 47
1. the phantom has plenty of room ,even if you have a overlapping cable or two. no worries about this, the Antec 900 (not v2, v3) has no cable management at all.
2. The Phantom is fine in terms of cooling, in fact pretty good, not sure what other good cases in that price range.
Take a look at the In Win Dragon Rider.
EDIT: as well as the Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
Edited by RuneDunes - 7/30/11 at 6:41pm
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post #3 of 47
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Originally Posted by RuneDunes View Post
1. the phantom has plenty of room ,even if you have a overlapping cable or two. no worries about this, the Antec 900 (not v2, v3) has no cable management at all.
2. The Phantom is fine in terms of cooling, in fact pretty good, not sure what other good cases in that price range.
Take a look at the In Win Dragon Rider.
EDIT: as well as the Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
Thanks for the reply. Glad to know I won't have to struggle with the cables like I do on the 900
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Send NZXT support a copy of your invoice & tell them you bought a phantom. They'll send you the 3 missing fans for free. My white phantom is going to arrive Monday, I'm so stoked!
 
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post #5 of 47
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Send NZXT support a copy of your invoice & tell them you bought a phantom. They'll send you the 3 missing fans for free. My white phantom is going to arrive Monday, I'm so stoked!
3 missing fans? I thought the only fan missing was the 2nd 200mm fan at the top. Which fans are you talking about?
Edited by nezzarix - 7/30/11 at 8:42pm
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post #6 of 47
no i dont think the phantom is a good case at all. Ive seen them in person and they feel cheap to me! i'd rather buy a lian li mid tower or a Raven
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163154

Also if looks arent a big deal this is a no brainer this case is huge and has amazing airflow
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160
post #7 of 47
Silverstone Raven RV02 and RV03 should have better air cooling
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Sadly, the ravens are a bit out of my price range.
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post #9 of 47
Refurb HAF 932's sell for $100 on the CMStore, and you get $20 off if you use the code LUMINOSITY, so you get a refurb HAF 932 for $90 ($10 shipping) in all states less California.
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How about the Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition?

I've owned plenty of mid to high end cases and I absolutely love the sniper.

It also comes in at around $120 and comes stock with 3x200mm fans (And a fan controller) and a 120mm exhaust.

Wire management is great and any air cooler will fit. It can handle any gpu setup as well (as long as its confined to 7 rear pci slots).
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