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I've been a bit lazy with the build logs lately, skipped one or two of my builds completely. I'd like to claim I was "too busy", but in reality I'm just a naturally very lazy person smile.gif

Decided this one deserved a log though for a couple of reasons - one being there's not a lot of info on this case out there yet, and the other being I managed to fit a 171mm cooler in a "160mm max" case so people should probably know that it's possible.


I'll go ahead and lead with a couple of photos of the finished build.















Specs:
Nanoxia Claw case
i5 4670K
Phanteks PH-TC14PE Orange Edition cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
16GB (2x8) G.Skill Ares 1600MHz
Gainward GTX 770 Golden Sample 2GB
Corsair CX600M
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD
3TB Toshiba 7200RPM HDD


OCD moments:
Changed front fans out to BitFenix Spectre Orange, swapped the Claw stickers over from the original fans even though they are only visible from inside the case
Decided the Spectre fans weren't orange enough, unwired half the system to dig them out again and swap the originals back in
Braided/twisted those GPU power cables no less than 4 times before I was happy with them


So there it is - my first orange build! I was worried about this because from everything I have seen orange is a tricky feature colour to pull off. "Tricky" has never stopped me trying something stupid before, and I'm glad I did - this gaming tower looks stunning.
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Subb'd for the black and orange love!

Curious question: what kind of sleeving did you use?
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So let's look at the actual build process. I had a couple of comments I wanted to bring up on some of the components so hopefully I remember them all.


The case itself is a neat little item, even comes in an interesting box with some stuff written on it in German.









I previously mentioned I went a bit OCD on the fans. I'd ordered a trio of Spectre Orange fans because the included fans looked a little cheap in the photos I had seen of the case. Closer inspection once it all arrived revealed that the original bundled fans were actually BitFenix Spectres themselves, just with transluscent orange blades! I felt a little ridiculous at this point. I elected to throw in the Spectre Orange fans anyway, since I had them there and the dark blades made them blend into the case a little better. I swapped the Claw logo stickers over to the darker Spectres, because I'm weird like that.










The front fans in this case have an air filter assembly which is always nice to see. I count that as one of the major failings with my own (much more expensive!) Lian Li PC-P50R - I'm forever needing to clean the thing. This photo was evidently taken prior to the sticker change...





The motherboard.. not much to say here, except that the southbridge cooler mounting is pretty ordinary - it rocks around with the slightest pressure on either of the "wrong" corners. That surprised me when I picked it up (perhaps a little carelessly).












Something I noticed about the case that struck me as a little odd was the lack of a stand-off position for this mount point. Not the end of the world, I just like to have them all hard mounted.






CPU.. the obvious choice in my mind for a gamer right now. I may turn this up a little bit, we'll see how things go.






Cooler time. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is bloody massive. This was always going to be interesting and I was very nervous that it wasn't going to work at all. I looked everywhere for the cooler height specification for the Claw case and I couldn't find anything. I tried to work out which of the Deep Silence cases the Claw was based on, to no avail. The listed external dimensions didn't match up with any of the others that I could see. I knew this cooler would be tight - the PH-TC14PE lists its height as 160mm without fans, and 171mm with them in place. I decided to wing it and put it down as a "future me problem", and I ordered low-ish profile RAM to try to stack the odds in my favour. After ordering the parts I was informed by the supplier that the case's listed max cooler height is 160mm. Challenge accepted smile.gif










This concerned me a bit! With the fan hard up against the RAM, it looked like the side panel might not fit on.








A test fit of the panel (upright to allow for any sag) saw it just touching the perspex at the top. Now I revisited the RAM to see if I could use different slots or something. I couldn't, but I did notice what some of you probably noticed in that above photo - one of the RAM sticks wasn't seated correctly. Once that top end clicked in place properly I had about another millimetre to play with and the fan no longer touched the case window.







Time to clean out all the un-needed bits of the case to get it ready for wiring.







Couple more points I'd like to bring up here.. firstly I have no idea what possible purpose a ferrite donut could have on the power LED wiring, so I removed it for ease of cable management.






Let's take a moment to appreciate the neatly fitted orange mesh in the front panel.






While playing around with the front panel, I found myself hoping Nanoxia had changed out the green power LED normally found in their cases. Ultimately I was pleased to discover that they'd switched it to orange, with the normal integrated red HDD activity LED - a neat setup which I really like. Unfortunately, presumably while they were changing or fiddlign with this little board, it wasn't screwed in tightly enough at all, and had a lot of play in it. Tightening the mount screws fixed it with no further issues, but it's something to look out for nonetheless.






I didn't get any photos of my wiring behind the motherboard tray but it's a bit of a mess!! Took me several goes to get the back panel to fit on nicely (I never like forcing them on) because there really is not much room behind there, particularly when the case's sound deadening comes into play. The orange cable extensions meant there was a LOT of wiring to tuck away back there. The molex connector required for the NZXT LED cable annoyed me too - it meant I had no choice but to use a whole extra cable from the CX600M when I was already seriously strained for space.



This pretty much wrapped up the case, just had to add some finishing touches and the lighting. Photos of that are all in the OP already so I'll wrap this up here.









Oh - one last thing about the Nanoxia Claw case. I left the protective plastic on the perspex until I'd finished stuffing around with the system and was ready to take the final round of photographs. Peeling it off I discovered the worst quality perspex panel I have ever seen on a PC case. There were some obvious scratches in the upper right corner, and pretty much the entire lower half is blurry and has an orange-peel texture to it, which is a real shame because they pretty much nailed everything else about this case (apart from those loose screws I mentioned but that's not a big deal at all). I've sent an enquiry about getting a replacement panel, but if it comes down to it I'm sure there are places that can sand and polish the panel for me.. just need to find one.



Feedback welcome as always!!
Edited by savage1987 - 3/23/14 at 8:36am
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Subb'd for the black and orange love!

Curious question: what kind of sleeving did you use?

BitFenix cable extensions - I know, I know, that's cheating smile.gif but for less than $10 a cable (and not voiding PSU warranty), I love them.
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BitFenix cable extensions - I know, I know, that's cheating smile.gif but for less than $10 a cable (and not voiding PSU warranty), I love them.

Nothing wrong with using extensions, especially for those reasons. They're also plug and play - no burnt fingers required ^_^
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