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You don't like your Antec P180?
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Nope...that's why I'm getting a new case pretty soon.
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post #63 of 88
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Nope...that's why I'm getting a new case pretty soon.
What is it that you don't like about it? Because I keep coming back to it alot...
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Originally Posted by SideTraKd
I actually like that case quite a bit...

And since I've had time to sleep on it, I'm reconsidering cases now...

My only question would be, don't you have any heat issues from your processor being so high in the case (since heat generally rises...)?
doh, sorry for giving you more things to think about. i have no problems with my case. it's a bit heavy, but i don't plan on moving it much. people have commented on the side panel or the door warping under hot conditions, but i haven't experienced it. if it did, i can call Antec and get a replacement easily (they're in Fremont, CA).

the way the case and motherboard end up being aligned; the rear fan matches exactly where my CPU cooler points. there's also a fan right above the CPU area that you can use as an intake or exhaust.

there are 3 fans included with the case. top, rear, and one in front of the PSU, with an optional bracket in the front for another. they're all 120mm fans. the 3 speed fans are ok. they each come with their own speed switch, but i replaced them since i had a fan controller. i linked you a Silent PC review earlier, here's another website's review.

if you don't want your 12v wire running across the middle of your motherboard, i suggest you pick this up also. i wasn't into wire management until i saw what this guy did with his Antec P180. amazing wire job, and safe to assume, really good air flow in his case.



whatever part(s) you decide on, make sure you do a lot of research on it so you don't have buyer's remorse. good luck on your build.
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Wow...that guy did an awesome job with the wire management in his rig. But, you can't expect yours to look like that because you have a larger PSU with many more cables, three hard drives not one, two graphics cards, your sound card requires power from the PSU, and your heatsink will have a fan on it.

I don't like the case because I have a longer PSU, the Thermaltake Purepower 680 (the one you were originally planning on getting. And it is a long PSU, so even with a 120x120x25 fan in the bottom fan mount I have a little less than an inch between the fan and the PSU. And the PSU has A LOT of wires. Like one said, my side door and my front door both warp with changes in temperature.

It's a great case, but I think it works better with smaller systems. Which yours will NOT be.
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post #66 of 88
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Originally Posted by one43637
doh, sorry for giving you more things to think about. i have no problems with my case. it's a bit heavy, but i don't plan on moving it much. people have commented on the side panel or the door warping under hot conditions, but i haven't experienced it. if it did, i can call Antec and get a replacement easily (they're in Fremont, CA).

the way the case and motherboard end up being aligned; the rear fan matches exactly where my CPU cooler points. there's also a fan right above the CPU area that you can use as an intake or exhaust.

there are 3 fans included with the case. top, rear, and one in front of the PSU, with an optional bracket in the front for another. they're all 120mm fans. the 3 speed fans are ok. they each come with their own speed switch, but i replaced them since i had a fan controller. i linked you a Silent PC review earlier, here's another website's review.

if you don't want your 12v wire running across the middle of your motherboard, i suggest you pick this up also. i wasn't into wire management until i saw what this guy did with his Antec P180. amazing wire job, and safe to assume, really good air flow in his case.

whatever part(s) you decide on, make sure you do a lot of research on it so you don't have buyer's remorse. good luck on your build.

Wow that heat sink is HUGE!!!

Did you have any problems with the board power cable length? I mean, did you have to buy extensions?
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yeah i didn't go that route in regards to a CPU heat sink. he went passive with the Scythe Ninja without adding a fan on it.

the only extension cable i had to buy was that 12v one since i didn't want it going across my motherboard and one for my fans since i hooked it up to a fan controller and not the MB headers.

here are a couple of shots from mine. i know my wire job will never be as nice as his, but i'm content because i don't have a mess of wires hanging across my motherboard impeding air flow.





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post #68 of 88
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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts
Wow...that guy did an awesome job with the wire management in his rig. But, you can't expect yours to look like that because you have a larger PSU with many more cables, three hard drives not one, two graphics cards, your sound card requires power from the PSU, and your heatsink will have a fan on it.

I don't like the case because I have a longer PSU, the Thermaltake Purepower 680 (the one you were originally planning on getting. And it is a long PSU, so even with a 120x120x25 fan in the bottom fan mount I have a little less than an inch between the fan and the PSU. And the PSU has A LOT of wires. Like one said, my side door and my front door both warp with changes in temperature.

It's a great case, but I think it works better with smaller systems. Which yours will NOT be.
I would likely have to completely remove the bottom fan, then, since I've decided to go with the P&C 850. But with the airflow from the power supply, that really shouldn't make a whole lot of difference...

Does the front door of the case come off at all?
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post #69 of 88
you can remove the bottom fan with the bracket and you could also remove the front door completely.
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The reason the PS in placed in the bottom is to improve PS stability... as the PS heats up the PS stability will drop... so the top units get the most heat and the bottom ones get the least. A lottle trade of is the cable mgt w/the bottom placed PS.
    
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