Wow, real sorry NickT, that is just pure beyond bad luck. Honestly sounds like a large bad batch was shipped to Amazon would be my guess and I woulda given up on that after the second time personally. Again, this is why I shop Newegg, there stocks moves fast so bad stuff is usually found and replaced and or sold out before too long and I've been able to beg and plead my way into free return shipping or refunds with no restocking fee in the past.
Thanks and I have photos of the last case with the completed build as mementos then took it back apart while watching the super bowl last night - lol!
One HAF XB case from Tigerdirect and three from Amazon.
Amazon customer service is great, Tigerdirect is not that far behind IMO.
Newegg, depends on who you get, luck of the draw as they say.
FYI, Newegg is now offering free shipping on the HAF XB, so if you were holding on from shipping costs, now's your chance!
I still have to pay sales tax on Newegg orders here in NJ, but thanks.