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post #1 of 9
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Hello!
I have recently concidered changing my case, which is an Aplus el diablo (not the advanced one).
The temps isn't realy a problem, both the CPU (i7 2600K) and the graphics card (GTX 580 factory OC'ed) have a temperature of 40 degrees CELSIUS at idle. I guess this is quite good temps (my PC is not OC'ed). The case I have considered the most is NZXT's Phantom full tower, which looks badass. Will this case provide an even greater airflow and reduce the temps? Will it also make less sound from components reach the outside of the case, because the Aplus case is almost completely open at one side and I can hear the noise as well as if it was open. It also have cable management which my current case does not have.
Is it worth changing my case?
Is Phantom a soon to be outdated case?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 9
Hey!

I just got my NZXT Phantom in white today, and I absolutely love it!
I upgraded from a Thermaltake Soprano DX, a case with no opportunity for cable management and bad airflow ( 35-45C idle!)

I've been using the Phantom for a couple of hours now, and the things that i immediatley noticed is how good cable management is (it comes with zip ties and there are places to tie them to on the back) and the temperature is about 25-30C idle! (with stock intel cooler)
The fans are incredibly silent at low RPMs, and not that noisy at high RPMs!
Comes with 4 fans ( 1x 120mm rear, 1x 200mm top fan with blue LEDs, 2x 120mm side fans) and you can fit 1x 140mm fan in the front for intake, 1x NZXT 200mm side fan and 1x 200mm top fan!

Is it worth changing your case for the Phantom? Hell yes! And you should get the white one, looks like a freaking space ship biggrin.gif
All in all a great case!
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Edited by GThaman - 1/5/12 at 2:03pm
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It looks vey cool indeed. I am also considering to buy CM haf-x, which I can get for the EXACT same price. The Haf-x has support for usb 3.0, which my motherboard also has. Which one would you recommend. I do like the looks of Phantom II better though. I am going to go for the white one I think if I end up buying Phantom II. Thanks for the reply btw.
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post #4 of 9
I highly recommend the Phantom, as it also has support for USB 3.0 ( USB 3.0 port on the top of the case )

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The new HAF-X also has USB 3.0. I own a White Phantom and have so for going on a year. I have loved it and even painted it to match Jango Fett's armor color. I am considering the purchase of a HAF-X blue color edition very soon though. The Phantom has been a very good case though; spacious, good air flow and fan options, different look to it. Yes, you can't go wrong with the Phantom. I have a couple NZXT cases and have liked them because they look so different then many other companies that build cases, that in the fact they are built solid.
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post #6 of 9
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Your mod is awesome! Too bad I have no skills in painting, or modding cases in general. Why are you going to buy the Haf-X if you already own the Phantom? Do you think the Haf-x is better? If it hadn't been for the boring style of haf-x (it looks like a tire from the front) I would have gone for it, but Phantom is just truly a masterpiece!

The haf-x do have the nvidia green case though, which looks a LITTLE bit better.

Edit: Can I fit a Hyper 212 Plus in the phantom with a side fan??
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Originally Posted by TrainRain View Post

Your mod is awesome! Too bad I have no skills in painting, or modding cases in general. Why are you going to buy the Haf-X if you already own the Phantom? Do you think the Haf-x is better? If it hadn't been for the boring style of haf-x (it looks like a tire from the front) I would have gone for it, but Phantom is just truly a masterpiece!
The haf-x do have the nvidia green case though, which looks a LITTLE bit better.
Edit: Can I fit a Hyper 212 Plus in the phantom with a side fan??

Thank you, it was the first time I painted a case. If you go here I have posted pics of the tear down, paint, and rebuild. As for why a HAF-X I wanted to see what the cooling capabilities are. I am curious if they are better then the Phantom. Besides I need a spare case in preparation for a new build towards the middle of 2012. As for the 212+ I believe it will fit the Phantom. The case is quite large and wide. I have a Hyper N 520 in mine, not sure if the size is similar.
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DVD±RW / ASUS USB 2.0 8x Slim external DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper T4 NZXT Sentry Mix COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120mm x2 
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Windows 10 Pro 64bit ASUS VS247H-P 23.6"  ASUS VH236H 23"  HP 27" 2560x1440 
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Logitech Illuminated Keyboard Corsair Professional Series HX850W CM Storm Trooper Razer Tron 
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Yes, you can't go wrong with the Phantom.g.gif
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The Phantom has been a very good case though; spacious, good air flow and fan options, different look to it.g.gif
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