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I will post some soon. Especially since I'll be rebuilding my PC into this case tomorrow. Any tips on how I should go about swapping everything into this case? I've never done a case swap, but I'm guessing it's just as involved as building a brand new PC. If anyone has any tips, that would be great.

Also, where should I mount a 360 radiator in this case? Lots of options. Just wondering what you more advanced guys would do. I figure either on the top or on the floor. I'm still rocking the H100i but soon I will be buying either a kit for a custom loop or all of the parts, depending on what's the best option for around $350 (not including the $115 GTX 780 water block), but I know I want at least a 360 rad.

The fans in this case seem very nice, BTW. Everything is super nice.

If it's just 1 rad I suggest the top. Other than that a swap is the same as building new but with components you already own.
post #822 of 18679
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I will post some soon. Especially since I'll be rebuilding my PC into this case tomorrow. Any tips on how I should go about swapping everything into this case? I've never done a case swap, but I'm guessing it's just as involved as building a brand new PC. If anyone has any tips, that would be great.

Also, where should I mount a 360 radiator in this case? Lots of options. Just wondering what you more advanced guys would do. I figure either on the top or on the floor. I'm still rocking the H100i but soon I will be buying either a kit for a custom loop or all of the parts, depending on what's the best option for around $350 (not including the $115 GTX 780 water block), but I know I want at least a 360 rad.

The fans in this case seem very nice, BTW. Everything is super nice.

Like you thought, just as involved as doing a full build. Do a 100% tear down, then start your rebuild. As Jassilamba said, 360 should go up top. Though, if you are looking to retain the H100i & have a separate gpu loop, you will be limited in your gpu rad placement.
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post #823 of 18679
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Like you thought, just as involved as doing a full build. Do a 100% tear down, then start your rebuild. As Jassilamba said, 360 should go up top. Though, if you are looking to retain the H100i & have a separate gpu loop, you will be limited in your gpu rad placement.

Not really, he could put the h100i on the hdd racks and the 360 in the roof, but that would be hard to get something decent looking since he'll have to cross tubings.. But h100i on top and 360 bottom would be the way i would have done it tongue.gif

And you dont need to take the cpu or ram out of its socket, wont be able to bend the pins on cpu/socket that way thumb.gif
Edited by Roxycon - 10/23/13 at 3:45pm
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post #824 of 18679
It's here! biggrin.gif Just a few more measurements and some careful studying of the dimensionality of the space, and then the big project finally begins. smile.gif

I love knowing that this chassis is going to be with me for many years, I've never before found a case that was more than a "one-build throw away."

Nicely done, Phanteks. You're making one helluva debut in the chassis market. Well worth the wait! thumb.gif
post #825 of 18679
Just received one. I gotta say, while its options and build quality are impressive, the thing is huge!

I am coming from a cooler master haf 932, which I thought was large. The enthoo primo makes the 932 look like a child's toy. Seriously, the size difference is stunning.

Going to take a little getting used to. Although, I suppose anyone who has worked with a 900D before would feel right at home.
post #826 of 18679
I'm excited to see people get to work!

Yes, yes... No need to remove cpu or ram on a rebuild unless they are getting upgraded.
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Things are working out well..... RAM arrived today, spent 3 weeks looking for any DDR3-2400 CAS 10 (Dominators, Vengeance Pro, Mushies, etc) looked everywhere, even overseas but all I could find were GSkills and Team.....and they not on my OK List ....1st cause of past experiences (and continuing newegg feedback) and 2nd cause I been too chicken to try yet smile.gif .... besides Mushkies (10-12-12-28) have slightly better timings than other guys (10-12-12-28) .

Hats off to Mushkin corporate for hooking me up with a pair .... and a few case badges (those haven't arrrived yet). Never used the tall (50mm above MoBo surface) Ridgebacks before because they didn't look that hot finish wise in pics .... well pics don't do justice .... the things look frakin gorgeous in the M6F. Looks like I have 5 packages on big brown truck coming Friday. Damn it, he'll prolly save me for last on his route smile.gif

1. Enthoo
2. PSU that I bought 10 minutes before that $25 discount coupon expired that someone here told us about .... (muchos grassyass BTW)..... got the next two done after coupon expired smile.gif
3. Monitor .... so far every Asus 144 Hz monitor has been perfect .... for other people's builds .... no dead or stuck pixels .... let's hope streak holds
4. SSDs, HDs, CPU, BR Writer, KB, OS
5. Mouse and USB Stick

Talkin' about tear downs and rebuilds .... ya prolly noticed, no TIM and no GFX

A. Weekend of October 26th - Initial build .... make sure everything works outta the box..... will be using Intel stock heat sink and an old GT430 that I keep in toolbox as test card or maybe pull a 560 Ti outta a SLI box.
B. Weekend of November 2nd - After spending the week benching the CPU with stock cooler and waiting for 1st wave of WC parts to arrive (Rads, pumps, controller and a few test fittings), will do a complete tear down, install rads and measure up case for any necessary holes / mods. Rebuild will be with 3rd party air cooler.
C. Weekend of November 9th - After week of benching w/ 3rd party air cooler, measuring up tube routes determining number of fittings and waiting for them to arrive, construct acrylic tubes, install to rads and pump.... no blocks as yet.
D. Weekend of November 16th - Custom Sleeving
E. Weekend of November 23rd - Install twin GFX cards ..... Hopefully 780 Ti is out and regular 780 price went in toilet and two DCII 780s have arrived.
F. Weekend of November 30th - After week of benching cards on air, install CPU and GPU blocks which arrived during the week.
G. Weekend of December ? - After benchmarking the water cooled rig, delid and put the tools away after.

Potential complications ..... finding a spot for the res .....

A. Anyone know a good source of sheet aluminum and / or acrylic sheet ? Something suitable for a reservoir or pump mounting plate ?

B. Anyone know the spacing between the mounting screws on the Photo 170 and 270 ?

C. Haven't come up with a name yet for the rig..... plan is not "blingy" .... will be used in an office setting ..... sleek and sedate rather than flashy .... think Porsche not Corvette. How do I start a build thread w/o a name smile.gif .... ?
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post #828 of 18679
I just got done building my PC into the new case and it's fantastic! I have pictures that I will post soon and will post some thoughts but I don't have time to upload pics and everything tonight as I have a mid-term tomorrow. The case is awesome, though. Thanks for the suggestions on rebuilding into a new case and suggestions on where to put a 360 rad (a 360 is good enough as a starting point to build on for a CPU/GPU loop. No, I'm not keeping the H100i on the CPU, so I'm going to want a setup that can get me started for a decent price but still take care of the CPU and GPU).

BTW, I didn't even know this case had LED fans. They're nice, not the cheap looking ones. And the fans are very nice in general. They're 20 dollar Phanteks fans and probably as good as Corsair or Noctua at least. Only front two light up, though. I'm not sure if the other ones even have LED's on them because I haven't looked close enough, but there are connections in the case that say "fan led 1", "fan led 2", "fan led 3", etc, so I don't think it's just for the two front fans. I didn't plug in these individual connections because they're some two pronged tiny plug I've never seen. But there was a molex connector that powers the LED strip on the front and the two front intake fans, so that's how the front two are powered. I'm not sure what will happen if I send power to the little two pronged connectors. Either it's just prewired for LED's in different fans you might ad later, or the other fans in the case are LED fans too and just need power. I don't recall seeing anything about this in the manual.
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Just received one. I gotta say, while its options and build quality are impressive, the thing is huge!

I am coming from a cooler master haf 932, which I thought was large. The enthoo primo makes the 932 look like a child's toy. Seriously, the size difference is stunning.

Going to take a little getting used to. Although, I suppose anyone who has worked with a 900D before would feel right at home.

I definitely agree with this! I was pretty overwhelmed when I first saw it. I thought my Bitfenix Ghost was big but this thing dwarfs it. Crazy big case. Knowing the dimensions did not prepare me. Unless you have a ton of drives and multiple GPU's and need all kinds of room, I see no point in this case if you're not doing water-cooling.
post #829 of 18679
For me when I was doing the review, I was really taken in by surprise of the quality of the case. I had helped Bill take apart a 900D, and when we were looking at the Enthoo, we were surprised by the quality of the case, and the fact that they used realy aluminum panels, and not some ultra thin brushed alu sheets (more like foils).

And yes its a huge, beautiful case.


Pictures ppl come on...
Edited by jassilamba - 10/24/13 at 6:29am
post #830 of 18679
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[...] BTW, I didn't even know this case had LED fans. They're nice, not the cheap looking ones. And the fans are very nice in general. They're 20 dollar Phanteks fans and probably as good as Corsair or Noctua at least. Only front two light up, though. I'm not sure if the other ones even have LED's on them because I haven't looked close enough, but there are connections in the case that say "fan led 1", "fan led 2", "fan led 3", etc, so I don't think it's just for the two front fans. I didn't plug in these individual connections because they're some two pronged tiny plug I've never seen. But there was a molex connector that powers the LED strip on the front and the two front intake fans, so that's how the front two are powered. I'm not sure what will happen if I send power to the little two pronged connectors. Either it's just prewired for LED's in different fans you might ad later, or the other fans in the case are LED fans too and just need power. I don't recall seeing anything about this in the manual. [...]

Only the front two fans are LED fans, and there are connections for up to 4 more LED fans (of the kind like the Phanteks fans, that come with a separate 2 wired LED lead) and for an LED strip.

From pgs 5 & 11 in the manual:





I have a 38" UV LED strip from Ozium that I already wired up with a molex (for my UV acrylic tubing and GeLid UV fans) and my XSPC waterblocks for my CPU & GPUs and my XSPC res came with blue leds that I plan to wire up to the fan LED connections. I don't suppose the 2-pin connections look like this do they? (hope so as I have a bunch of them already)

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 10/24/13 at 7:26am
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