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post #621 of 10489
Hello all.

So I saw the XB in an ad in last month's PC Gamer and it was love at first sight. I already have a HAF X and while I don't LAN very often I love the LANbox form factor.

So I bit the bullet and paid Newegg's shipping charges...and it turns out 3 day select gets here in 2 days, which means I'm still waiting on some parts before I transfer my rig into it. But I did take the whole thing apart and take a good look around in advance. Coming from the HAF X, the first thing I love about this case is that the front panel actually comes off with very little effort (I don't think I've actually ever taken the front of the HAF X all the way off, it's such a pain in the ass). In fact the whole thing came apart really easily, working with this case is a joy compared to the HAF X. It honestly reminds me of working with some of the Corsair cases in ease of use.

However, I'm a bit worried about how the front drive bays are set up, and whether or not they'll work with what I have planned...
post #622 of 10489
Hey guys, I just created an account to ask a couple of questions.

I just got my HAF XB, and while I am happy overall with it, I have 2 problems so far:
1. because of the toolless 5.25" bays, my fan controller (NZXT Sentry 2) doesn't really stay in one place, and its not too easy to get in there and drill a hole for a screw to hold it on the side that doesn't have the little pins.

2. X-Dock- both of my spinning hard drives are in it (as there is no other place for 3.5" drives) and they are getting really hot, they are just storage, and I haven't even been accessing any data off of them.

Anyone have similar problems/ideas?

Thanks!
post #623 of 10489
post #624 of 10489
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Originally Posted by b08bydigital View Post

Hey guys, I just created an account to ask a couple of questions.

I just got my HAF XB, and while I am happy overall with it, I have 2 problems so far:
1. because of the toolless 5.25" bays, my fan controller (NZXT Sentry 2) doesn't really stay in one place, and its not too easy to get in there and drill a hole for a screw to hold it on the side that doesn't have the little pins.

2. X-Dock- both of my spinning hard drives are in it (as there is no other place for 3.5" drives) and they are getting really hot, they are just storage, and I haven't even been accessing any data off of them.

Anyone have similar problems/ideas?

Thanks!


Hello b08bydigita and welcome to the Haf-XB Case club! Also welcome to OC.net biggrin.gif

1.) This has been a common issue for many, you can remove the front bezel to access the metal tension tabs on the right side of the 5.25" bay. From there simply use your finger to push the tabs in little more, thus putting more pressure on your fan controller. This easy trick has proved successful for a few of our members here, if you go back several pages I do believe someone posted pictures of how to do this as well. smile.gif

2.) One of the few cons for the XB was hdd cooling unfortunately, You could try and slide an 80mm fan back by the hotswap bays or maybe mod the side panel with a 120mm fan? We also spoke of running an air duct tube from the rear 80mm fan mounts to the drive bays, but that will require taking up a lot of space and looking quite old-school. wink.gif
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post #625 of 10489
That was me, like this digital


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post #626 of 10489
Hello all, I just bought this case. I was wondering things that I may need to do that you guys found useful. Anything helps, I just want to try to do everything before I drop parts in.

Also, my 3.5 HDD's are rather old, by no means new. They don't mesh with the connections applied in the hot swap position. Are they meant for 3.5? Or are they really meant for SSD's? "Aint no body got money for dat." But seriously, I don't have that kind of money to upgrade to SSDs. I'm a broke college kid.
Edited by CreationArt - 1/10/13 at 7:59pm
post #627 of 10489
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Originally Posted by CreationArt View Post

Hello all, I just bought this case. I was wondering things that I may need to do that you guys found useful. Anything helps, I just want to try to do everything before I drop parts in.

Also, my 3.5 HDD's are rather old, by no means new. They don't mesh with the connections applied in the hot swap position. Are they meant for 3.5? Or are they really meant for SSD's? "Aint no body got money for dat." But seriously, I don't have that kind of money to upgrade to SSDs. I'm a broke college kid.

You mean your hdd use IDE connections? if so just get a new hdd they aint that expensive...
post #628 of 10489
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Originally Posted by CreationArt View Post

Hello all, I just bought this case. I was wondering things that I may need to do that you guys found useful. Anything helps, I just want to try to do everything before I drop parts in.

Also, my 3.5 HDD's are rather old, by no means new. They don't mesh with the connections applied in the hot swap position. Are they meant for 3.5? Or are they really meant for SSD's? "Aint no body got money for dat." But seriously, I don't have that kind of money to upgrade to SSDs. I'm a broke college kid.

Just unscrew the hotswap PCB board and run whatever connectors you need right to your HDD. I did this, just because I don't need the hotswap functionality and it gave me a bit of room in the bay I didn't use.
post #629 of 10489
Finished the change over from HAF X to HAF XB. Nothing special at the moment:

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I know they're terrible pics, but it's late and my back hurts so I'm not gonna fix the lighting or anything. Hopefully I'll get around to posting better ones in the near future.
post #630 of 10489
So guys, a couple of questions. I'm really looking forward to get the XB, more and more.


a) what kind of radiators can be installed in the case with push and pull config? Will a GTX 240 fit with push a pull Ultra Kaze's ? ( both in the inside, or a set on the inside and another set on the outside ... or something ) - The card is 11.75 inches long.

b) Will a 180mm psu fit without problems? ( it's not fully modular )


Thanks,
Pedro
Edited by Pedros - 1/11/13 at 1:12am
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