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post #751 of 10491
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Originally Posted by Ramsey77 View Post

Welcome to OCN, and welcome to the HAF XB Club! Just thought I would warn you though, the top 200mm fan will not fit with the 212. And if you are wanting a cheap alternative to buying pre made LED's, see the link in my sig. Again, welcome.

Well that is a serious bummer... strange they would make the case, cooler, and fan and not realize they wouldn't play nice together... might have to top mount it for now but leave it out of the pics due to the ugh factor.
post #752 of 10491
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Well that is a serious bummer... strange they would make the case, cooler, and fan and not realize they wouldn't play nice together... might have to top mount it for now but leave it out of the pics due to the ugh factor.

Couple of guys here tested the effect the top fan has on temps. Turns out, not much. I am running without one.
 
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post #753 of 10491
Finally got around to swapping out the stock red LED for HDD activity last night. What a pain, at least mostly cause I didn't have a nice soldering stand to use so it was a combination of doing it all by hand and trying not to burn the crap outa myself and melt wires I didn't want but it looks much better now rather then dual red LED's one the front panel. "Dark Wind" is almost finished!


Pretty straight forward and even positive and negative is labeled

oldled.jpg


Two solder joints, shouldn't be that bad....
oldled2.jpg


El cheapo tools of the trade
oldled3.jpg


Was a real pain to get that sucker out so I had to break it apart for each solder joint to melt with my crappy solder gun, but eventually no more red LED. Just a matter afterwards of clipping new white LED leads and gently soldering them into place one at a time
oldled4.jpg


While I was at it, I melted the glue holding the HD audio cable and removed it as I never use them anyway and one less cable to clean up and hide
oldled5.jpg


Sooooo much better!
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post #754 of 10491
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Finally got around to swapping out the stock red LED for HDD activity last night. What a pain, at least mostly cause I didn't have a nice soldering stand to use so it was a combination of doing it all by hand and trying not to burn the crap outa myself and melt wires I didn't want but it looks much better now rather then dual red LED's one the front panel. "Dark Wind" is almost finished!


Pretty straight forward and even positive and negative is labeled

oldled.jpg


Two solder joints, shouldn't be that bad....
oldled2.jpg


El cheapo tools of the trade
oldled3.jpg


Was a real pain to get that sucker out so I had to break it apart for each solder joint to melt with my crappy solder gun, but eventually no more red LED. Just a matter afterwards of clipping new white LED leads and gently soldering them into place one at a time
oldled4.jpg


While I was at it, I melted the glue holding the HD audio cable and removed it as I never use them anyway and one less cable to clean up and hide
oldled5.jpg


Sooooo much better!
newled.jpg

Nice work +1 Rep
post #755 of 10491
Got the other Silverstone AP122 for the front panel on the vid card side of the case. I opened Far Cry 3, let it run for a few minutes, and got 77C on GPU 1 and 68C on GPU 2. Added the fan, did the same thing again, and got 65C on GPU 1 and 63C on GPU 2.

They really do a great job of throwing the air straight and far.
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post #756 of 10491
Well i've been busy with ideas flowing through my so far this weekend on what else to do to "Dark Wind" to make it stand out more and bit more "trick" Then I had a great idea which would gonna involve some careful work and modding but if I did it right, it would really make my HAF XB look special. A few runs to store across time for a few things I needed and I set to work!



First step to to dissasemble the hot bay trays which proved to be a study in patience to prevent breaking something with all the little parts

tray2.jpg


Almost had one of these go flying off into the room, that woulda sucked!
tray1.jpg


Then the real pain was removing these pins to get the front covers off the tray's. It involved using the hammer with a small screwdriver to bang them carefully out and then prying another section of without breaking the plastic which I still manged to do on one. A little glue should fix it by the time i'm done

tray3.jpg


After all is said and done, the bays are now completely apart and ready for what I have in store for them next which I won't show until the project is done
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Well ok, here's a little hint lol!
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post #757 of 10491
I had this idea kinda out the blue but I was still thinking of "Anything else cheap and cool I could do to the case...?" The later today I was like "Eureka!" And back to the work desk I went!


I had the thought of "Well, i've changed out the HDD LED to balance the case out but that DVD drive still has that ugly green LED and that won't look good with the cases color scheme.... But wait, i've got a spare white LED in case I screwed up on the HDD activity LED. Bingo, its solder time again!"

dvd1.jpg


Well being now over 4 years old, I doubt there was a warranty left anyway from Asus, so voiding it be damned!

dvd2.jpg


A bit of hot soldering gun and that yucky green LED is no more. Time to put something sexier in!

dvd3.jpg


Woo hoo, now THAT's awesome looking! Nice and bright too! Who says DVD drives need to be boring and useless?
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post #758 of 10491
Just finished my build! Great case to work in, especially the wire management!





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post #759 of 10491
Hey guys,
I just bought my Haf-xb and this is my first build. I ordered 140's for the front, but the fans I bought top out at 800 rpm. There is a similar 140mm fan by the same company that runs up to 1200rpm. Do you think the difference in fan speed will have a significant effect on the temperatures in this particular case? I already have the 800rpm model on its way here, I'm just wondering if it worth the hassle of shipping it back.
post #760 of 10491
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Hey guys,
I just bought my Haf-xb and this is my first build. I ordered 140's for the front, but the fans I bought top out at 800 rpm. There is a similar 140mm fan by the same company that runs up to 1200rpm. Do you think the difference in fan speed will have a significant effect on the temperatures in this particular case? I already have the 800rpm model on its way here, I'm just wondering if it worth the hassle of shipping it back.

What fans did you order? 800 rpm is pretty slow for sitting in front of a filter.
 
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