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Thanks again for the reply and insight Dooms101, do you think if I got one of those 5.25" bay converters that hold 3 hds with a 120 mm front fan in, it might help? I`m not sure if the front door has any side vents in it...Also, do you think having dual top exhaust vents makes a significant difference? It seems odd to push air down at the top front, only for it to hit bottom then be exhausted back up...Am sorry to take up your time, and am also aware I am derailing the thread somewhat, so any mods out there, please feel free to delete my posts.

So, in short, am I just being an idiot obsessing over the side fan? I really need to get this build done and get my life back instead of spending 1-2 hours a day trying to find the perfect case...
kita, the only cpu cooler the works with a side fan is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018
with this fan
http://www.xigmatek.com/product.php?productid=88

the side fan is only 200x200x20 which makes it work without any modding.
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Thank you both again for your insight and help. I have put up a general request for suggestions thread in the meanwhile, just in case there is an alternative to the Phantom that suits my (admittedly demanding and fussy) needs.

If I go for the Phantom, which due to the seeming lack of an alternative appears likely (The Fractal Arc was going to be the main competitor, but having read about QC issues, and it not being designed to be quiet rules it out). Having a quiet case is important as almost all my machines have been moved to other parts of the house as my wife *hates* the whine of fans or psu fans or HD clicking - the only cases she likes being anywhere near are the quad core build in the Cosmos - which I am not using as all my HDs in it are full, and this current one (a Wolfdale, just for writing really) in a Silverstone HTPC case. With the new build being an i7 (not Sandy Bridge, its a long ass story, and not an interesting one either!) I am really hoping that with a good quiet case fan setup let me keep the Frio (a noisy cooler) on quiet at night, turning it up for editing.

TLDR: Yup, I'd definitely put a 140mm in the front (any idea where I would buy a filter for it and the product name?)

I'd also get an extra NZXT 200mm fan up top (does kind of worry me that it would have to be an NZXT fan, I mean, what happens when they stop being sold and mine die...there's me left with no other fans to buy?)

It's good to know there is an alternative, which would work with a side fan, and wow, a Noctua too (be a while until I could afford to pay UK prices for one of those though may ask my wife to check out the prices if she ends up going back to Japan this year for a while)

Thanks again for the advice...I still cannot fathom why NZXT didn't think this through properly in the first place
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I dunno why they didnt think of it, but this case is truly wonderful.
I have a the Fractal Design case also for my wifes build, but I like the phantom more. It's just a matter of opinion.

also here is a site that has some of the fan filters.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...c8231d016ce563
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Thank you both again for your insight and help. I have put up a general request for suggestions thread in the meanwhile, just in case there is an alternative to the Phantom that suits my (admittedly demanding and fussy) needs.

If I go for the Phantom, which due to the seeming lack of an alternative appears likely (The Fractal Arc was going to be the main competitor, but having read about QC issues, and it not being designed to be quiet rules it out). Having a quiet case is important as almost all my machines have been moved to other parts of the house as my wife *hates* the whine of fans or psu fans or HD clicking - the only cases she likes being anywhere near are the quad core build in the Cosmos - which I am not using as all my HDs in it are full, and this current one (a Wolfdale, just for writing really) in a Silverstone HTPC case. With the new build being an i7 (not Sandy Bridge, its a long ass story, and not an interesting one either!) I am really hoping that with a good quiet case fan setup let me keep the Frio (a noisy cooler) on quiet at night, turning it up for editing.

TLDR: Yup, I'd definitely put a 140mm in the front (any idea where I would buy a filter for it and the product name?)

I'd also get an extra NZXT 200mm fan up top (does kind of worry me that it would have to be an NZXT fan, I mean, what happens when they stop being sold and mine die...there's me left with no other fans to buy?)

It's good to know there is an alternative, which would work with a side fan, and wow, a Noctua too (be a while until I could afford to pay UK prices for one of those though may ask my wife to check out the prices if she ends up going back to Japan this year for a while)

Thanks again for the advice...I still cannot fathom why NZXT didn't think this through properly in the first place
Yeah, I just replied to your other thread. Honestly, you're really not missing out on much more then maybe 1c with the side panel fan missing. I have my side panel 200mm mounts chopped out and still get excellent temps with the 140mm up front, 2x120s on the side, 1x120 in the back, and the 200mms on top. That's massive airflow. ALso, I use a Xigmatek 200mm fan up top in the 200mm slot closest to the back. Basically, the mounting holes didnt line up, but it just "popped" into place and fits in very snugly. It's lined up perfectly with the exhaust hole, and doesnt jiggle or vibrate or all. it's just not mounted convetionally with screws.

I'll have to snap some pics for you and Rowey when I get a chance.

Honestly, from the description you posted in the other thread, this case is perfect for you. I wouldnt get too sidetracked by one minor gripe, but if you come across something closer to what you're in the market for, more power to ya

Also, if possible hook up your frio to the built in fan controller and that should help tame the noisy beast
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I have a Phantom coming next week, also bought an extra NZXT 200mm fan to put on the top, is it better to use it as an intake or exhaust fan?
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I have a Phantom coming next week, also bought an extra NZXT 200mm fan to put on the top, is it better to use it as an intake or exhaust fan?
Well, the general consensus seems to agree with the Laws of Thermodynamics. Heat rising means top fans make good vents

Congrats on the Phantom, you should love it when it gets there
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Well, the general consensus seems to agree with the Laws of Thermodynamics. Heat rising means top fans make good vents

Congrats on the Phantom, you should love it when it gets there
Alright thanks! Also can you tell me, which fan does the Phantom come with; the FN 200RB or the FS 200RB? I want to make sure the one I ordered matches.
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It actually comes with a blue LED one that's neither of those, and can only be had by buyign a Phantom. I have heard rumblings of them releasing their LED fans for sale soon. There is no difference aesthetically between the two fans you mentioned as well, they just operate at different RPMs. One is a little faster, so it's a bit noisier but moves more air.
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It actually comes with a blue LED one that's neither of those, and can only be had by buyign a Phantom. I have heard rumblings of them releasing their LED fans for sale soon. There is no difference aesthetically between the two fans you mentioned as well, they just operate at different RPMs. One is a little faster, so it's a bit noisier but moves more air.
Ahh damn, I bought the FN which is 1300RPM so I hope it isn't too loud.
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The 200mm fans tend to be rather quiet. I think you'll be fine.
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