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post #3291 of 15204
My problem is that the cable for that particular connector is pretty short on my PSU, So I can only run it around the front instead of from behind. I'm going to have a look at it tonight to make sure it isn't wound around something.
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post #3292 of 15204
Im about to buy this case, and im standing between the White and Black, Now all my hardware is Black/Red.

Personally i think the White one looks best just standing, but the black looks best inside, with my hardware. Have any1 tried to make a mod with Black case and red lightning?
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post #3293 of 15204
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Im about to buy this case, and im standing between the White and Black, Now all my hardware is Black/Red.

Personally i think the White one looks best just standing, but the black looks best inside, with my hardware. Have any1 tried to make a mod with Black case and red lightning?
There are a few really nice Black Phantoms with red lighting in this thread. You just have to scan through to find them. Black with red certainly is appealing. If you like the white exterior but the black interior, buy a white one and paint the interior black. That would certainly be an original. Haven't seen that done yet.
    
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post #3294 of 15204
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There are a few really nice Black Phantoms with red lighting in this thread. You just have to scan through to find them. Black with red certainly is appealing. If you like the white exterior but the black interior, buy a white one and paint the interior black. That would certainly be an original. Haven't seen that done yet.
I feel like white with red light would look weird.
I've been looking at the special edition Black with orange stripes, but its not in stock for 2 weeks where i am. But i guess if i take the black one, it wouldnt be very hard to paint the stripes orange myself? Would it be enough if i taped it up and just sprayed the stripes, or would i have to do other things aswell?
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post #3295 of 15204
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I feel like white with red light would look weird.
I've been looking at the special edition Black with orange stripes, but its not in stock for 2 weeks where i am. But i guess if i take the black one, it wouldnt be very hard to paint the stripes orange myself? Would it be enough if i taped it up and just sprayed the stripes, or would i have to do other things aswell?
For the exterior on mine, I taped everything off and airbrushed it. The front and top come off easily without tools, just snap right off. No issues. The interior however, was a nightmare to tape off everything that I didn't want overspray to contaminate. Would love to see what you do to yours when you get it.
    
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post #3296 of 15204
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For the exterior on mine, I taped everything off and airbrushed it. The front and top come off easily without tools, just snap right off. No issues. The interior however, was a nightmare to tape off everything that I didn't want overspray to contaminate. Would love to see what you do to yours when you get it.
Ill post pics, i get the case friday if im lucky, and the hardware saturday. But got an exam on monday, so might first be after, but ill post.

And did you airbrush with an actual airbrush pistol, or just a spraypaint in a can?
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post #3297 of 15204
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Ill post pics, i get the case friday if im lucky, and the hardware saturday. But got an exam on monday, so might first be after, but ill post.

And did you airbrush with an actual airbrush pistol, or just a spraypaint in a can?
Exterior was done with airbrush and compressor. The polished aluminum interior was rattle can because I couldn't find it in airbrush paints. The green interior components were done with airbrush and compressor but prior to install. And contrary to what others may say about painting cables, you will note that my SATA cables are also painted green. You just have to make sure you use a nylon paint like for car seat repairs. That way, they can still flex. My art airbrush setup is fairly expensive (I think I have about $800 into it) but you can get a decent entry level setup for about $100 or so. If you do a lot of painting it's worth it. The only thing that sucked was having to lug the footlocker it's in around from the states to here. Before I go home, I'll just pay the hundred bucks to ship it home...LOL.
    
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post #3298 of 15204
Just did a test. More for my own curiosity but might be helpful to some of you that are trying to decide if the Phantom is worth the money.

My case is set up with all fan slots taken. 2X200mm NZXT silent fans on top (exhaust), 2X120mm Cooler Masters on side (intake), 1X120mm Cooler Master in back (exhaust), 1X200mm Xigmatek on side (intake), and 1X120mm NZXT on front (intake) (still waiting on the Apevia 140mm).

Also, keep in mind that this CPU is a 3.4GHz running at 5.0GHz so it is generating some heat at idle as are the 7 Barracuda HDD.

So, what I wanted to see is what would happen if I turned all the fan switches to low. Result after 15 minutes idle...CPU 37C...Socket 33C...Motherboard 32C

Next, I turned the fans to middle.
Result after 15 minutes idle...CPU 35C...Socket 31C...Motherboard 31C

Now to high.
Result after only 5 minutes...CPU 32C...Socket 30C...Motherboard 28C

Summary...the fan control and fan set up makes a difference. Even those few degrees while it is idling will help your board last longer. I think medium setting is a perfect balance between cooling and noise. Then when you are ready to game or bench, turn it up to high. Not sure if this will help anyone, but interesting to note.

Edit: Took the side off to see if that had any effect in helping cool. It had the opposite effect. Temps spiked quickly to over 42C. What that means is that this case was designed for cooling. Upset the dynamics by taking away the channeling of air and temps go up. Put the side back on to channel the air over the motherboard, Memory and CPU and temps went back down. I guess the days of me leaving the side panel off to help cool while I'm overclocking are over...LOL.
Edited by DePontee - 6/15/11 at 10:21am
    
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post #3299 of 15204
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Exterior was done with airbrush and compressor. The polished aluminum interior was rattle can because I couldn't find it in airbrush paints. The green interior components were done with airbrush and compressor but prior to install. And contrary to what others may say about painting cables, you will note that my SATA cables are also painted green. You just have to make sure you use a nylon paint like for car seat repairs. That way, they can still flex. My art airbrush setup is fairly expensive (I think I have about $800 into it) but you can get a decent entry level setup for about $100 or so. If you do a lot of painting it's worth it. The only thing that sucked was having to lug the footlocker it's in around from the states to here. Before I go home, I'll just pay the hundred bucks to ship it home...LOL.
Guess ill have to invest in an airbrush then.
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post #3300 of 15204
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Guess ill have to invest in an airbrush then.
Totally worth it in the long run. Plus, after you get some practice you can charge your friends to paint their computers. I did a friend's computer in Blue to Green shifting colors and he paid me $100. Then he paid me another $100 to add water droplets which takes time but not a lot of effort really. Total cost in paint ($4). Like I said, you can actually make some money doing it.
    
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