Originally Posted by roflcopter159 TL;DR
: I love my BH7, but make sure you have 90 degree sata data/power connectors and maybe consider getting an air cooler instead of a closed loop cooler like the H100i.
So, I've had my BH7 for a few weeks now and I absolutely love this thing.
It was a ton of fun and a bit challenging to build in, especially for someone who just came from a nice and roomy 600T. I spent a good 5 or so hours just moving the components over (though I was taking my time to be as careful as possible) and I've definitely learned that a case as compact as this one that can fit as much as this one definitely requires some more planning than just throwing the parts in and hitting the power button. As I built, I only encountered two minor issues/notes/complaints with the case.
The first one is that while my H100i technically
fits, it was a very tight fit because of the length of the tubing. The tubing had to bend quite a bit to fit to the point where I worried about it being too tight and the hose coming off at either end. If there was a way to make the tubes shorter and/or put in angled fittings, the H100i would have worked great, but obviously that isn't an option. This is a fairly minor gripe though because I ended up swapping the H100i out for a BeQuiet! Dark Rock TF due to some pretty significant pump noise I encountered recently, and the Dark Rock fits perfectly and looks great inside the case. I would highly recommend the Dark Rock if anyone is looking for a solid air cooler.
My second minor issue is with the hard drive cage mounting system. I love how easy it is to take the drives out with the removable panel and how you can put the cage in two different locations. My issue is that both positions of the cage have a drawback:
- In the front position, the cage makes it VERY hard to deal with cables (specifically the 24 pin) because of where they all need to go but can't due to the cage being in the way.
- The rear position puts the sata connections on the drives just a little bit too close to the power supply and puts a decent amount of strain on the cables going to the drives (especially if you don't have 90 degree connectors).
If there were holes in the removable panel near the back of the case so you can rotate the drive cage 90 degrees (long side of drive runs parallel with long side of panel), it would solve both of those issues right away. Obviously that won't work for everyone (people with two cages or cage/accessory mount) but for those of us with a single cage, it would work very well. I realize this would be an easy mod, but matching the quality of the stock holes would be pretty difficult (especially for a novice modder like myself).
I wanted to bring both of these up so that people looking to buy and build in this case would be aware of them and can adjust their build accordingly. Also, maybe if we ever see a revision to this case/the Bullet series, something like the extra drive cage holes could potentially be added.