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post #11 of 47
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Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz View Post
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.
If I get a either a 932 or Phantom then I'll be purchasing it at Micro Center. I have 30 dollars left on a gift card so the case would come out to 100 dollars or so. Thanks for the tip though
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post #12 of 47
Although I like the Phantom, it isn't a really good case for air cooling. Get another case instead. The Corsair Carbide Cases all look very promising. The Bitfenix Shinobi is pretty good too. I would say get a silverstone ft02.
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post #13 of 47
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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Although I like the Phantom, it isn't a really good case for air cooling.
Proof?

And OP, you might want to check out the BitFenix Colossus. Not sure if they're sold at Microcenter but it's a great looking full tower case.
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post #14 of 47
The Phantom is a quality case. It really is rigid. Just gave mine a good shake right now and it didn't budge at all. The cooling is good provided you give it good fans (Not that the stock fans are particularly bad). I upgraded from a 900 and I have no regrets as far as performance goes. My only regret is that I thought it looked cool at first but it's appearance wore on me pretty quickly.

It's too bad that so many first system builds use the 900 due to the price and notoriety of Antec with people not really in the loop. I'm not sure which case I would go with at the $150 price point though.
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post #15 of 47
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Originally Posted by nezzarix View Post
3 missing fans? I thought the only fan missing was the 2nd 200mm fan at the top. Which fans are you talking about?
No front fan, side 200mm fan missing and top 200mm fan missing.
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post #16 of 47
IMO the HAF 922 is the best case for $100-ish. Easy cable management, always low temps, lots of radiator options, large quiet fan mounts etc. Lots of options for air cooling vs water cooling.
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post #17 of 47
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No front fan, side 200mm fan missing and top 200mm fan missing.
Thanks for the info. So if I go with the Phantom, I just send NZXY an E-Mail with proof of purchase and they'll send me the fans? Sweet. Any idea how long the take?

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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
Although I like the Phantom, it isn't a really good case for air cooling. Get another case instead. The Corsair Carbide Cases all look very promising. The Bitfenix Shinobi is pretty good too. I would say get a silverstone ft02.
I was actually looking at the Bitfenix Shinobi earlier and really wanted it! Sadly, it's not sold at Micro Center and it's just out of my $150 price range. If it was cheaper I would buy it online... Oh well.

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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
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).
Haven't heard of that case. I'll look up some reviews. Thanks.
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post #18 of 47
Here are a couple of pics of mine (The main hard drive rack in the bottom right of the case is fully removable as seen below).


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Yes, if you send them an invoice & ask for the fans they'll ship them to you for free. Why? an NZXT rep told me that as long as you are under warranty, "Replacement parts" are of no cost to you. Strange, right? The fans aren't replacement parts, they're missing from the case! Also, I got an email from there saying it'll take 1-5 days to process for shipping. Hold on, I'll try to upload a pic.
They told me this:
> Dear NZXT Customer,
> Kindly provide us with a copy of your invoice as proof of purchase.
> All NZXT products under warranty will not be charged for additional parts.

Here's the screenshot, please excuse my crappy paint skills. I don't know how to blur out my personal info like a pro.


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I tried a phantom briefly and had a couple of issues with it.

without the side door fan mounted, gpu's are starved for air. However when you mount the side fan, clearance issues occur if you are using a tower air cooler.

Also, the front door prohibits the use of a 3rd party fan controller (like my lamptron). The door will not close if the knobs stick out even the slightest bit.
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