Originally Posted by overclockerjames
finally put together the haf-xb and i'm not impressed
the cheap zalman z9 i put together last month was much easier to build and it's just a regular mid-tower not a test bench like the haf xb is suppose to be.
--psu is buried underneath motherboard
--hard drives buried underneath motherboard
--cable routing can be a pain since they have to go up and around motherboard
--only two 3.5" hdd
--no dust filters on sides, back or top
--not a good test bench since psu, hard drives are buried and difficult to get to
I don't think it was "suppose to be" a test bench.. Just a LAN box with bench features. And ofc it isn't easy to put together! Nothing that looks this good, finished, ever is.
Also, all these "cons" are perfectly visible if you view the product details.. didn't you review the cabinet before ordering?
--witch is great! No heat to the rest of the system + all cables are out of sight.
--"Buried"? it is perfectly accessible after removing two finger screws. How often do you want to get to those drives? That's what the hot swap bays are for.
--witch allows you to do really neat cable management , only a plus in my book.
--I have to agree with that one. but since I only have 1 x 3.5'' (rest on NAS and SSD), thats not a problem for me
--Somewhat agree. its a cheap cab and for the money I think you get so much more in other features
and the extra filters can be bought if you really want them.
--I never owned a real test bench. but.. how is it hard to get to the PSU? the "out of back" option makes it easier then ever, imo. same goes for drives.
Looks like this case is definitely not doing it for you
but I think you will find a lot of ppl disagreeing with you in this club ;D