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CM has refurbished HAF XB for $69.99. Would be a great deal for someone on the west coast to avoid the high shipping cost.

http://www.cmstore-usa.com/haf-xb-lan-box-and-test-bench-computer-case-refurbished/
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post #3122 of 10491
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Originally Posted by CptAsian View Post

Hey guys. I've been interested in this case for a while, and I think that I'll buy it for myself as a birthday gift in the next few days. I'm going to get rid of the X-Dock PCB and just hook up my HDD's directly, as I've read that has been known to cause problems. Is there anything else that I should be aware of?

Hey CptAsian...happy B-day! Newegg has it on sale for $89 w/ free shipping btw thumb.gif

I'll just throw my two cents in. All in all this is a good case that is a nice departure from the typical tower style cases. Definitely lose the PCB if you have no need for hot swapping. Also, another weird issue I've encountered is the power and reset buttons can be a bit sensitive, like if you push too hard on the front panel it could power off or restart your computer. I've read other owners complain about this issue and it has happened to me a couple of times myself. More of an annoyance than anything else and I think there's a fix for it I just haven't looked into it. Also, you're limited to water cooling options on this case unless you're willing to mod it. Finally, cable management can be a bit tricky with the bottom compartment, but I'm lazy and hey out of sight out of mind I always say! biggrin.gif
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post #3123 of 10491
Hey CptAsian,

if you don't need the hot swap PCB - just remove it. The problem with the power and reset buttons I never had bevor in nearly 4 months of owning this case. One thing that is important, if you want to use 140mm front fans between mesh and case front, you have to cut off a little bit from plastic, (a few pages back was a repeated picture) but this is very easyly. If you put them into the case, no cut off needed. Cable routing for me (with case in original condition) was never a big problem - place enough there.
Edited by sascha1102 - 6/10/13 at 5:08pm
post #3124 of 10491
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Hey CptAsian...happy B-day! Newegg has it on sale for $89 w/ free shipping btw thumb.gif

I'll just throw my two cents in. All in all this is a good case that is a nice departure from the typical tower style cases. Definitely lose the PCB if you have no need for hot swapping. Also, another weird issue I've encountered is the power and reset buttons can be a bit sensitive, like if you push too hard on the front panel it could power off or restart your computer. I've read other owners complain about this issue and it has happened to me a couple of times myself. More of an annoyance than anything else and I think there's a fix for it I just haven't looked into it. Also, you're limited to water cooling options on this case unless you're willing to mod it. Finally, cable management can be a bit tricky with the bottom compartment, but I'm lazy and hey out of sight out of mind I always say! biggrin.gif

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Hey CptAsian,

if you don't need the hot swap PCB - just remove it. The problem with the power and reset buttons I never had bevor in nearly 4 months of owning this case. One thing that is important, if you want to use 140mm front fans between mesh and case front, you have to cut off a little bit from plastic, (a few pages back was a repeated picture) but this is very easyly. If you put them into the case, no cut off needed. Cable routing for me (with case in original condition) was never a big problem - place enough there.

Cool, thanks guys. I'll order that case ASAP while it's still on sale. I've read reviews, and lurked around in this thread for a while, and it seems just about perfect for me. However, it seems like it's going to take up a good bit of space on my desk, but I can deal with that.
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post #3126 of 10491
Welcome back to when things were simpler thumb.gif

But uh, fix the heatsink direction, you're messing with the cooling with it facing that way.
Edited by Kuudere - 6/11/13 at 10:10am
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post #3127 of 10491
1st update. had a bit time today and cutted out the new top panel. (with no dremel and just with my hands it took nearly 3 1/2 hours, but therefor very clean cut. cutting area again black coloured. just used the following parts:




also removed the 3 RGB LED strings from original window top and fitted them into the new top panel, then tested on red, if working



The 2 plexi plates and new fans will be here tomorrow or thursday. beginning with cutting the left mesh and plexi not until next week, because at weekend I'm visiting my parents, after long time.
Edited by sascha1102 - 6/11/13 at 9:27am
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Looks good sascha.
 
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post #3129 of 10491
thx Ramsey, a few minutes ago I got the idea, not to use the u-profiles and assemble the window with a plain top as the original window is cutted, but this is a bit hard to realize without any machine.
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Welcome back to when things were simpler thumb.gif

But uh, fix the heatsink direction, you're messing with the cooling with it facing that way.

Yup I know, but the cons of socket AM3+ and this heat sink doesn't let me have it front to back
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