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Hi everybody! I've recently fallen in love with the NZXT Phantom 630 White edition (and the Phantom 820 tongue.gif). I'll keep this really short and simple;
Is it worth me for to switch from a HAF-X to this particular case? All stock fans and everything. I feel like my cable management is kinda horrible in my HAF-X because I can't remove optical cage or some of the HDD bays (At least I don't think so). It's also very troublesome to clean the "dustfilters" that comes with the HAF-X while the Phantom looks like it has very easy cleaning of those. biggrin.gif
Is it worth it?
post #2 of 9
Well, technically it is a down-grade, but in your case it may well help you... The only case that I would consider to be an upgrade from a HAF-X is a 900d or a Custom Bench
     
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Had the HAF-X before the Switch 810. Best upgrade ever. I cant look at HAF X anymore. People now a days dont even use it to build new PC. They really have to update HAF Series big times.
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I just finished building into my Phantom 630. LOVE IT. The airflow isn't going to be as good as a HAF X, but it's still pretty damn good and much quieter. The hard drive bays & hidden SSD slots were a big plus for me, as were the cable management options and the possibilities for water cooling.

I'm not sure I'd call it a downgrade - more of a sidegrade. The cases are comparable, each with their own strengths. I think that the 630 is more feature loaded - given that it's a newer generation of case and the HAF X is starting to show it's age in some regards.

Also, and totally subjectively, I think the 630 looks MUCH better than the HAF X.
Edited by Quadricwan - 2/22/13 at 4:00am
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Have the HAF X long before watercooling came to mind. Joined this site and Decided Watercooling is way to go. Now I sorta feel dissapointed since i'm sitting with a High Air Flow case instead of a rock solid WC case able to house a few quad's inside. All depends on whether you doing AIR or WATER.
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Quadricwan View Post

Also, and totally subjectively, I think the 630 looks MUCH better than the HAF X.
I agree. When I first saw the phantom I thought it looked garbage. Now it's really appealing. Doesn't the 630 also have a fancontroller? Obviously not the greatest but still? It just seems to have a lot better cable management too. It's also visually appealing not to have 2 big things covering the entire front portion of the case as I only have one Harddrive (I plan to buy a 840 Pro "soonish" tongue.gif) and no optical drive.
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It does have a single-channel 30 watt fan controller. It's nothing fancy, but I'm using it to control my case fans (not cpu) until I can afford something classier to put behind the door (I can't stand cases without a door). I've also got a single HD drive hanging under the optical bay and I've got an 840 pro of my own tucked behind the motherboard tray. Nice and tidy - no clutter. I also keep an optical drive installed but with the front bezel covering it up. The drive bay covers click on and off easily and I figure I'll only open it up on the very rare occasion I want to through in a disk of some sort.

It's worth noting that the drive sleds are as crummy for 2.5 inch drives as you may have read, but hey, you can't have everything - they work fine for 3.5 inch drives.

It's not going to offer the watercooling options of some of the other full tower cases, but it's a pretty solid middle ground between good airflow and good watercooling options. I plan on putting my cpu under water (again, when I can afford it) but leaving my sli 670s on air cooling (since they don't gain a lot by being under water) and the 630 was a nice option for that. The side fan blows directly onto them.
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post #8 of 9
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It does have a single-channel 30 watt fan controller. It's nothing fancy, but I'm using it to control my case fans (not cpu) until I can afford something classier to put behind the door (I can't stand cases without a door). I've also got a single HD drive hanging under the optical bay and I've got an 840 pro of my own tucked behind the motherboard tray. Nice and tidy - no clutter. I also keep an optical drive installed but with the front bezel covering it up. The drive bay covers click on and off easily and I figure I'll only open it up on the very rare occasion I want to through in a disk of some sort.

It's worth noting that the drive sleds are as crummy for 2.5 inch drives as you may have read, but hey, you can't have everything - they work fine for 3.5 inch drives.

It's not going to offer the watercooling options of some of the other full tower cases, but it's a pretty solid middle ground between good airflow and good watercooling options. I plan on putting my cpu under water (again, when I can afford it) but leaving my sli 670s on air cooling (since they don't gain a lot by being under water) and the 630 was a nice option for that. The side fan blows directly onto them.
I have to ask. What's the difference between a singlechannel Fancontroller and the 4 channel controller that is in the 820?
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A single channel means that any fans attached to the controller are going to be controlled by one switch. You can't change the speeds of each fan individually, just all of them at once (ie. all fans on high, med, or low).

A multi-channel means that you can attach fans to different switches on the controller. That way you could theoretically have something like: your front fan on high, your top fan on low, your exhaust and side fans on medium. The 820 has four channels, so you can separate fans into four different groups.

While this is a nice feature, it wasn't a miss for me - I generally prefer to keep my cpu fans attached to the motherboard, and I always keep my other fans at the same speed anyway. Especially since I want to put a touch screen controller behind the door later.
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