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NZXT Source 210 or Bitfenix Shinobi Window

post #1 of 11
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So I am debating on which one I should buy. I can get either one of them for $40. I can get the Bitfenix from Microcenter which is a 25 minute drive or the NZXT case from from Amazon for 2 day free shipping. Both cases look pretty much the same. Anyone have either case with any thoughts to help me decide?

Shinobi
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...OBI-WD-BK.html

NZXT
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/cla...urce_210_elite
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 9/21/11 at 2:18pm
post #2 of 11
I looked at the BitFenix case in store at the Micro Center and didn't care for it. What really turned me off were the buttons and usb ports on top of the case... looked unsightly and difficult to use if in cramped quartesr. Also, probably not worth the 50-minute round trip and tax on top of that. I love having everything shipped to me.

Lately I've been becoming a fan of NZXT... don't use many of their products currently but they are getting a great reputation for quality components at reasonable prices. So for that reason alone I would go with the NZXT.

Also, have you seen their newest offerings? The Tempest 210 looks awesome in my view.

http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/cra...es/tempest_210
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Shinobi looks nice... OK do you want a window? If yes, then Shinobi it is.

That being said, I vote the NZXT 210.
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post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the input guys, even though it was late I went with the NZXT case and I cant complain, it is a great mid tower for only $40.
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Thanks for the input guys, even though it was late I went with the NZXT case and I cant complain, it is a great mid tower for only $40.
Photos or you didn't buy it.

No seriously, would love to see your build in that case.
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Photos or you didn't buy it.

No seriously, would love to see your build in that case.
I'll post some pic tomorrow then. Its nothing special, just a secondary rig for my wife. I have the specs under my systems.
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I'll post some pic tomorrow then. Its nothing special, just a secondary rig for my wife. I have the specs under my systems.
Thanks

It may be nothing special to you but it'll help others visualize their hardware in that case.
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Here are some pics of the finished product with all of the hardware in it. In case anyone is wondering, this fits my 12 inch HD 6990 with ease. The case description says a 160mm CPU HSF will fit in the case but my 158mm V8 is the absolute max. I had to squeeze the side panel back on with it. Also, the case only came with the one, 120mm rear fan.

Specs:
1055T @3.94Ghz
Coolermaster V8 With 1900rpm Slipstreams in Push/Pull
Crosshair III Formula
EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX
WD VelociRaptor 150GB and Caviar Black 500GB
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Thermaltake Toughpower 750w
All of my leftover fans


Here are the 2 complaints I have for an otherwise great $40 case.

No good way to manage the 8 Pin cpu power. You could get a thinner fan or squeeze an unsleeved 8pin cable, which I wouldnt recommend, or behind the motherboard tray and back across the motherboard. I just ran it directly from the PSU.


Here you see the 2 frontal fans which keep my HDDs pretty cool. Only thing is, that the front panel venting is not very good so the overall cool air intake is lacking but what I wanted was the closed clean looking case so no real complaint. I may add a 120mm fan at the bottom though.
Fans

Front


It's my wife's rig so I didn't spent much time on cable management but more could definitely be done but I wasn't too worried about it. I must say, its a nice PC for being all left over parts that I wasn't using anymore. Overall its a great case and I could not find a better deal at $40.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 9/27/11 at 6:38am
post #9 of 11
Thanks for posting the photos.

Surprised at the lacking 8 pin cable space.
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Thanks for posting the photos.

Surprised at the lacking 8 pin cable space.
Yea if you had a 20mm thick fan it would be perfect but who wants those
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