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The idea is great but omg it is SO FREAKING UGLY!!!!!!!
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perfect for a mini Lan server! would match my HAF-X case too!

would be way cool if they made this wide like it is, but as tall as a HAF-X
Edited by F1ynn - 11/16/12 at 2:53pm
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Yeah I guess, but I am not very good with a dremel, so I'm not sure it would actually turn out the way I want.

Use a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade (18-22 tpi). Dremels are more for small cuts and you'll go through lots of discs in a short amount of time. Put some edge guard and bolt on a piece of plexi. Done biggrin.gif


Some one already has done a larger window. Let me find the log for that....

edit:

http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/topic/118-project-green-machine/

I'm not sure if some already linked this btw smile.gif

While I agree it is would be fairly easy to cut your own windows out, as I have done many many mods with a dremel and an assortment of other tools, the link you provided clearly says he couldn't use a jigsaw on this particular case due to the beveling. He had to use a dremel.

More on topic, I would like to know how well these would hold up when stacked. Can think of some interesting things that would come from stacking.
post #44 of 146
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While I agree it is would be fairly easy to cut your own windows out, as I have done many many mods with a dremel and an assortment of other tools, the link you provided clearly says he couldn't use a jigsaw on this particular case due to the beveling. He had to use a dremel.
More on topic, I would like to know how well these would hold up when stacked. Can think of some interesting things that would come from stacking.

I didn't read the log as my current computer blocks it. But generally, if you can use a jigsaw, its better then a dremel as you said. Now, there's also ways to get around the issue if you have a non-flat surface but tbh, that is more work. I guess the main issues is the footprint of the jigsaw. Time for some laser cutting equipment.

Its a sweet case and I would just get the window version for now. Just need to make my own external radiator stand/box.
post #45 of 146
That's a good idea CM.

How about a CM made stand for it so its waist height smile.gif

I'm tempted to get one I just put so much work into my case.
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post #46 of 146
The stupid CM logo is what makes it ugly.
 
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The stupid CM logo is what makes it ugly.

The blocks on the sides kill it for me.... WHY!?!
post #48 of 146
Just got done installing my components into it. Quicky review below.

I like it. A lot. The build was easy, clean, and FUN. Usually I hate swapping to a new case as cabling never goes the way I planned, but this turned out great. I do have some gripes, though.

1. There is no USB3 to USB2 converter for the front panel connector. So unless you buy one or already have one, no front USB if your motherboard only has USB2.
2. I wish the 5.25" cage was removable. I've no use for it, and it would make working inside the case a lot easier.
3. The fans are unbearably loud. I knew this going in, so I'll just swap them out. No big deal.
4. The biggest problem I had was getting my SSD into the X-Dock. It just does not fit. When I screw it into the tray and push the tray in, it sits lower than where the connector is. What I ended up doing was placing a piece of rubber underneath the drive so that it wouldn't screw in all the way and would thus be at the right height. I have no idea if my SSD is malformed, or if it's the tray, or I'm not installing it correctly, or what.

Those things aside, it's fantastic. Definitely a steal at $100. I'll edit this post with pictures and anything else I think of later today.
    
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Quick question, do you have to use the PSU bracket to install the PSU? I have the AX850 and it's not long at all and I am working with tight desk space and would like to keep the depth as low as possible.
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post #50 of 146
A lot of ppl don't understand the HAF stands for High Air Flow. So that means CM is placing more emphasis on performance rather than looks. This makes the HAF cases not "pretty" to many. Its an acquired taste for some but some like it. I hear people calling "industrial" and military" looking.

To each their own but keep in mind that not every case company builds "pretty" cases. For the HAF series, form takes a backseat to function wink.gif


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