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Anyone know of a good tutorial I can use to walk me through replacing the front I/O panel assembly? I want to make sure I don't break anything.

The current I/O audio ports seem to be failing. Mic sound bleeds through to the speakers even though it's properly muted in the sound mixer.
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Hi everyone. I have been a member of the forums for a little over a year now and have owned my Storm Trooper since 12/12. I have not modded the case yet, but I will be very soon for a custom water loop. I figured I would join now and post some pics of what it looks like "before" the mod. I figured since I am uploading a generous amount of pics here I would upload them small to not take up three pages with my pictures. smile.gif Obviously for full size just click em'!

















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I really like your cable management!
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I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?
    
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I really like your cable management!

Thanks. I am an OCD electrician, to me, it's actually pretty messy, and I am not saying that because I am trying to be some kind of douche, I am saying it because I am extremely anal retentive. I just did not have enough time in that particular day to route everything exactly the way I wanted it.

Thank you though, I appreciate the feedback!
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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post

I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?

Black/white is all personal preference really. I ordered the Trooper to keep in line with the black/red scheme of the rest of my build, but in the future hey I might even paint it green for all I know!

I am going to make some changes. I am going to mod the handle so that I can fit a 360 x 45mm (IF I can't fit a full 60mm in there) in push/pull. I checked out one of the links on the first page and really liked the idea of using old pci tabs to use as mounts for a front 240 rad, if I feel insane enough I may try and stick a 360 there too, which brings me to the next topic:

I pulled the accessory box right out, I use it in the garage as a spare parts collector. That's just me though.

The handle is extremely well balanced (again, at least to me) if you're carrying it as you would a briefcase by your side. I've had to lift the case over my head (don't ask...) before and of course with as much weight as inside with everything installed, it helps to use the handle with one hand and brace the bottom with your other hand. I have used both hands on the handle for this but I wouldn't advise it, the rivets are strong but I don't want to find out their limits...

Once I mod the handle I will be through-bolting it back on, this I feel will really help to reinforce it for future, heavier builds, but that's going off topic a bit. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post

I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?



This is what the Stryker/Trooper should look like. Removable hard drive cages, large window, and more room up top for 360 rad and thickness up to 60mm thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post

I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?

 

I don't have first hand experience with the White but the black rubber makes it feel and look more robust, Also don't show finger prints/grease. 

 

Fix that top handle! make it possible to mount fan externally. Room for 140mm would be nice but 120mm is a must. Location was fine but not being able to put external fans is driving me nuts. I have 45mm x 280mm rad in the top, unfortunately it does not have room for any fans. Ultimately may have to go with a thinner rad down the road but it would be nice to have the option on external fans.

 

Until I went water and added a 240mm fan in the bottom I used and enjoyed the accessory box. Store all my extra small parts/screws in it. Still do just don't have a convenient place to put it anymore.

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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post

I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?

I used the lid of the secret drawer to make a pump shelf in the front.



It look's like it's floating in this image, but I can assure you it is not. The black rubber feet blend in well with my crappy cellphone camera.
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I finally caught up to this thread and I wanted to know regarding Stryker and Trooper, which color you preferred?

1. Black rubberized.
2. White glossy

Are there any changes you would like in the future? Did you guys ever use the accessory box to store anything (cookies, wallets, mace)? How's the balance on the handle?

I prefer the Stryker. That's just my preference though. My whole rig is white/black themed. I never used the accessory box because I have dual 120mm intake fans on the bottom. And lastly the handle balance is spot on! Great placement!

The build quality on these cases is phenomenal and the shape of the Stryker's window fits so well with the design of the case. I love the cable routing options and the bulge in the side panel behind the motherboard tray for cable management.

That being said there are some changes that I would like in the future:

  1. Increase the height of the brace that holds the handle to the middle of the roof! It's too short right now. It prevents the mounting of a 25mm fan even though the mounting holes exist. And it could absolutely be raised without interfering with the top cover. It's the biggest complaint I have, as I only get to run my 240mm radiator in push-half pull unless I break out a dremel and mod the bracket into the correct height. It's a task that shouldn't be necessary given that there's room for a higher brace for the handle.
  2. Along with raising the handle's brace, provide some holes on the roof so that it's easier to route the power cables for fans mounted above the main bay of the chassis.
  3. Allow for front fan mounting without the need of the HDD cages. I wanted three 120mm fans in the front of my Stryker, but in order to make that happen I had to either get fancy with zip ties, hot glue, velcro, or I had to buy an extra Trooper HDD cage from the CM Store. I went with the HDD cage. I think this is also unnecessary. The fan mounting holes should be part of the case so that users don't need the cages in just to mount the fans.
  4. Put the front eSATA port back on the Stryker! I'm confused as to why it was present on the Trooper but was removed for the Stryker.
  5. Slightly lower the height of the two routing holes for the 24 pin and PCI-E cables so that the 24-pin can be perpendicular to its socket. Purely for aesthetics. Right now the upper grommet is located in such a way that the cable is angled slightly upwards because the bottom of the hole is too high.
  6. Have some sort of click-in/click-out mechanism for the fan filters so that they are easier to take out and put in. It would be nice to have something like the filters on a certain 810 from a four letter company with Z in their name. thumb.gif
  7. Allow us the option to mount a 5.25" device where the accessory box goes so that mounting 3 front fans doesn't take away our ability to use a 5.25" fan controller, reservoir, or optical drive.
  8. Mount hard drives using two detachable rails (like those provided with the Storm Scout 2) instead of the large bendy plastic trays.

Points 1, 4, and 8 are some usability and feature adding changes (#1 the biggest one in my opinion) while the rest are quality of life/ease of use changes.
Edited by LeMonarque - 10/31/13 at 10:25pm
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