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I'm trying to put together my first build and I've narrowed it down to a Haf 912 or Haf 912 Advanced. This is my planned build:

1. Intel Core i5-2500K
2. ASRock Z68 Pro3-M
3. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
4. RAM 8GB
5. Card Reader
6. Will use HD 3000 integrated for now but might upgrade to this sometime http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150543
7. Cheap Dvd writer
8. 500W PSU - Can't decide which one to get
9. Cooler Master Haf 912 or Haf 912 Advanced I can't decide

I also plan to transfer from my old computer my LG WH12LS30 Blu-ray writer, my two HDD's and hopefully my Windows 7 license.

I like the Haf 912 because of price, size (big consideration), and bold looks!

Ok my questions:

1. I really like the price of the basic 912 but I've already decided to buy a blue 200mm LED fan for the front and another tool free optical drive fastener. Now since the Advanced model already comes with black interior, a 200mm red LED fan (I could live with), a 200mm top fan, a 120mm rear fan, all optical drive bays have tool free fasteners does it make sense to consider it even though it would cost $117 shipped?

If I bought a basic 912 plus 200mm LED fan from newegg it would cost around
$78 shipped. Cooler Master's shipping is so high that it would cost me another $16 (fastener $4, shipping $12.5) for one additional tool less optical bay fastener but I could use screws for my second drive for now.

I would consider the Haf 922 but it's just so big that it wouldn't fit on my computer shelf I need to use. The Haf 912 Advanced is really more than I wanted to spend but if it makes sense in the long run I will seriously consider it...sure wished Cooler Master had a free shipping promotion though.

2. I think I would actually prefer the tool free fasteners used by the 922 for both the optical and especially HDD bays but how well do the ones work that come with the 912?

3. Will a 912 have plenty of room for my modest build or will it feel cramped trying to install everything including hiding wires?

4. If I removed the 3.5" HDD cage (probably will remove 2.5" bay also) will it hinder my attempt at hiding cables?
Edited by countryboy - 8/9/11 at 3:16pm
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Intel Core i5-2500K AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 HD Graphic 3000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 720... LG BH12LS30 Blu-ray Writer Asus DRW 24B1ST DVD Writer Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows Home Premium 64-Bit OEM Samsung 943BX Logitech Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 
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Cooler Master Haf 912 Advanced Logitech MX-700 Wireless 
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Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
I'm trying to put together my first build and I've narrowed it down to a Haf 912 or Haf 912 Advanced. This is my planned build:

1. Intel Core i5-2500K
2. ASRock Z68 Pro3-M
3. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
4. RAM 8GB
5. Card Reader
6. Will use HD 3000 integrated for now but might upgrade to this sometime http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150543
7. Cheap Dvd writer
8. 500W PSU - Can't decide which one to get
9. Cooler Master Haf 912 or Haf 912 Advanced I can't decide

I also plan to transfer from my old computer my LG WH12LS30 Blu-ray writer, my two HDD's and hopefully my Windows 7 license.

I like the Haf 912 because of price, size (big consideration), and bold looks!

Ok my questions:

1. I really like the price of the basic 912 but I've already decided to buy a blue 200mm LED fan for the front and another tool free optical drive fastener. Now since the Advanced model already comes with black interior, a 200mm red LED fan (I could live with), a 200mm top fan, a 120mm rear fan, all optical drive bays have tool free fasteners does it make sense to consider it even though it would cost $117 shipped?

If I bought a basic 912 plus 200mm LED fan from newegg it would cost around
$78 shipped. Cooler Master's shipping is so high that it would cost me another $16 (fastener $4, shipping $12.5) for one additional tool less optical bay fastener but I could use screws for my second drive for now.

I would consider the Haf 922 but it's just so big that it wouldn't fit on my computer shelf I need to use. The Haf 912 Advanced is really more than I wanted to spend but if it makes sense in the long run I will seriously consider it...sure wished Cooler Master had a free shipping promotion though.

2. I think I would actually prefer the tool free fasteners used by the 922 for both the optical and especially HDD bays but how well do the ones work that come with the 912?

3. Will a 912 have plenty of room for my modest build or will it feel cramped trying to install everything including hiding wires?

4. If I removed the 3.5" HDD cage (probably will remove 2.5" bay also) will it hinder my attempt at hiding cables?
As a HAF 912 basic owner I'll say this: We are not on this earth forever, and IMHO if you can afford the $117 shipped price tag even though one of the fans are red - GO FOR IT!

Plus you'll get all the tool-less 5.25 "doo-hickies", black interior, clear side panel and a E-sata in the upper front panel not on the basic model.

Here's my HAF 912 basic:





That interior photo is dated as I replaced the PSU with the Zalman from my 690 II case as that Antec PSU in the photo started to see the ghost - lol! Also got a rear fan extension cable, so now that's even more tidy and now have black sata cables going downwards from the mobo though I "might" change it back to how it's was in the photo.
Edited by nickt1862 - 8/9/11 at 5:33pm
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Thanks nickt1862 for posting pictures your standard 912 looks awfully good even with the unpainted insides! I also see you bought additional optical drive bay fasteners.

I was worried that the 912 would look cramped inside but you have a lot of space inside even after installing everything.

When you installed your front LED fan was it easy to install?

What 500W PSU would you recommend? For this case would you recommend one that vents out the back or one that vents up or down
First Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 HD Graphic 3000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 720... LG BH12LS30 Blu-ray Writer Asus DRW 24B1ST DVD Writer Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows Home Premium 64-Bit OEM Samsung 943BX Logitech Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Haf 912 Advanced Logitech MX-700 Wireless 
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First Build
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K AsRock Extreme3 Gen3 HD Graphic 3000 Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600  
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 720... LG BH12LS30 Blu-ray Writer Asus DRW 24B1ST DVD Writer Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows Home Premium 64-Bit OEM Samsung 943BX Logitech Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Haf 912 Advanced Logitech MX-700 Wireless 
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post #4 of 4
As a sort of honorary HAF 912 owner (computer's not mine, but I specced it out - see here), I have to say I like the design of the basic case. It has a front fan which will keep hard drives cool, and a rear fan as well. You can add a top fan for not too much in the way of $$ and have a nice setup.
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HP dv6 laptop
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO SSD Samsung DVD/CD-writer Corsair Hydro H60 Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
ASUS PA248Q Dell U2412M XFX 850W Black Edition XXX Fractal Design Arc Midi 2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium Dual Core E6700 MSI G41M-P33 Combo ATI HD4350 Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 WD Caviar Blue Windows 7 64-bit Sony 32" TV set 
Case
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