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post #21 of 35
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Wow, RayvinAzn, that was a great reply. You gave a mini review of it! Awesome! And no need to worry, I'm a reader, not a skimmer.

It sounds to me like the only things I really might be unhappy with are the corners they cut, and the buttons. I probably won't mind the fan filters. My lack of experience will probably allow me to feel like I have the best rig money can buy.
post #22 of 35
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Well, as long as like nobody has broken the front panel, then I suppose I shouldn't worry about it.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by Peroxide View Post
Side panel?

That's easy.

Front panel?

That's another story.
I have to admit, it did give me the willies a bit when I pulled it off the first time. You have to be brave!
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post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by 5CheeseLasagna View Post
Wow, RayvinAzn, that was a great reply. You gave a mini review of it! Awesome! And no need to worry, I'm a reader, not a skimmer.

It sounds to me like the only things I really might be unhappy with are the corners they cut, and the buttons. I probably won't mind the fan filters. My lack of experience will probably allow me to feel like I have the best rig money can buy.
See, I came from a $150 aluminum case (Gigabyte 3D Aurora) and moved to this one for better cooling options (I realized that my temperatures were dropping a hell of a lot with my case door off, which led me to believe I might want a different case). A lot of the things I mentioned you might not even notice if you're not coming from a higher-quality case (not saying the 3D Aurora was a Lian-Li, Silverstone, or heaven forbid, Soldam, but it's definitely not a budget case), or can be easily fixed for a few dollars. I got a very nice Lian-Li case speaker for $3 which gave me my POST beep back (didn't realize how much I missed that), and a few rubber grommets backed my fans up from the case enough to alleviate any impacting issues I had (although there's still the noise).

Basically, this case will seem like the dog's bollocks for anyone that hasn't used a more expensive case before, but for those of us that have, it's a bit hard to swallow a few of the corners that were cut (no case speaker being one of the most offensive, second only to the improperly fitted fan filter). Still, I'd wait to see what the Cooler Master Centurion 590 has to offer. The annoying front panel that so many have mentioned appears to have been scrapped, along with the removable top piece, which some people will like, and others won't. The USB/Firewire/eSATA panel was also moved to the front of the case, which may or may not be a good thing (I'm thinking bad though, I like it up top, since my case is on the floor, and the cables are easier to hide), and the drive cage is now a removable 4-in-3 unit with a 120mm fan, which is also going to make cable routing more difficult than the sideways mount in the RC690.

Still, I'm thinking the case will probably be a fair bit cheaper than the RC690, making it a candidate worth considering. Personally though, I think I'm going to stick to higher-quality cases from now on. I might get the Antec 1200 for my next case, unless I have enough cash to justify picking up a Silverstone Temjin or Lian-Li V-series case.
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I'll admit it's a little hard but once you get the "technique" down after a few times it's easy.
    
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post #26 of 35
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I think I'm going to miss the post beep too.

There's one thing I'm wondering: Will the Tuniq Tower on the Gigabyte DS3L fit? I saw a review on the TT where they tried to fit it in the Antec p190, which is .3" wider, and they couldn't put the side panel on.
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I think I'm going to miss the post beep too.

There's one thing I'm wondering: Will the Tuniq Tower on the Gigabyte DS3L fit? I saw a review on the TT where they tried to fit it in the Antec p190, which is .3" wider, and they couldn't put the side panel on.
We've got a guy who has the Tuniq Tower, DS3L, and a RC690.

http://www.overclock.net/3418540-post122.html

A few pictures of his slightly modded RC690 with the Tuniq Tower fitting just fine. And that's probably thicker than the stock case side panel. You probably can't get a 120mm fan in there, but there's really no need for it, as it'll just screw up airflow over the cooler anyway.

Ask him any more specific questions you have, he's a pretty helpful guy from what I've seen, and I'm sure he'll be more than happy to offer up a few tips.

Personally, I'd seriously consider a downdraft style cooler with the side panel fan on - that's a hell of a lot of air that should help keep not only your processor cool, but all the stuff around it on the motherboard as well. My CPU's surface temperatures are just a little above ambient (1-2c over) at idle,
and both cores idle at around 30c. I'm running the processor at 3.2GHz (400Mhz x8), and the high bus speed is probably why I consider such heavy airflow over the mainboard so important, but still - Intel designed their cooler as a downdraft, there's probably some sort of reason for that. I'm actually very interested in getting a similar tower-style cooler from Thermalright (probably the standard Ultra 120, which is more in line for cooling performance than the TRUE) as well as one of those temperature guns and running a few of my own tests to see exactly what sort of different temperatures they have to offer not only on the CPU, but on the northbridge, MOSFETs, and other bits on the motherboard.
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post #28 of 35
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I studied the pics at NewEgg, and in his post. I'm 100% confident that it'll just barely clear the side fan. In other words, I have no doubt. It appears it will clear it at about .5" to 1".
post #29 of 35
if you were to use a tuniq tower/TRUE type positioning heatsink, not like zalman cnps7700 or thermaltake BT, i think that fan over the cpu area is useless. of cos, you can always get a thin 120 and put it there if you really want it. the stock ones are kinda loud imo anyway =P
 
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post #30 of 35
I can say that this case is no more difficult to deal with than any other case i have encountered. Side panesls have 2 thumb screws each. so you simply unscrew then and slide the sides off.Not very difficult.
Front panel., I suggest you look at the book. Get a good hand on it at the bottom and pull pretty hard. It pops right off. and from what i have heard the first time is the difficult one and after that its a bit easier.

I did do alot of reading when i purchased this case the 2 big complaints i saw were Loud fans and also crappy buttons. In my opinion the buttons feel fine and the fans are extremely quiet. Then again these people are probably the same that used the adapters that came with them rather than attaching them to the mobo. In that case they probably sound like jets taking off.

I am very happy with my 690 case . Oh btw it doesnt like ide drives so if you have a old one you were planning on using probably better off without it
    
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