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Originally Posted by num1son View Post
Looks like you loose the usb strip there? Which rad is that? Couldn't see perfectly, but do you have 3 pushing from the bottom as well? Would it be possible to just leave the end fan off and save the usb strip altogether?
If by usb strip you mean the fan controller... im sure it would still fit Kenny just removed it for a different one. There is pictures of him filling the space in his work log.
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Just built my first rig in a phantom when i was 13! lol ill post pics in the morning because its 3:45 am out here! Ohh and add me to the list, my phantoms white!
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Just got my new white Phantom, and I have to say, it looks kinda awesome. Could someone add me to the list of owners?

I would also like to know what you guys think is the best setup in terms of air cooling, and if someone who has cut out the fan bracket under the mesh on the side pannel could give me some pointers on how to do this, that would be greatly appreciated.

Also, does anyone know if you can plug PWM 4 pin fans (like on a CPU cooler) into the phantoms fan controller without any adverse side effects?

Thanks in advance.
First, love the purple with the white. Not sure if those are actually blue but look purple because of the camera or if they are actually purple but either way, it looks great.

Now, before you cut off the fan bracket on the side, if you are going with air cooling, that fan will become essential for providing clean, cool air to your GPUs and CPU. So don't be too quick to cut the brackets out, because once they are gone, they are gone. I have a Xigmatek 200mmX20mm mounted there with rubber mounts because the NZXT 200mmX30mm won't fit. When not running the side 200mm Xigmatek, I can't maintain a 5.0GHz overclock and keep it cool enough to run 24/7. The temps on the CPU rise about 6-9C and just as important, the temps on the Overclocked GPUs rise 15C-17C. So, for air cooling the side fan does assist.

There may be better air-cooling setups, but my set-up works for me. I did get lucky with my chip because it just "Likes" 5.0GHz. It actually runs hotter with a lower voltage at 4.9GHz, not really sure why yet, other than it really does like 5.0.

Anyway, for the best cooling effect I have found that the engineers at NZXT did a great job designing the case for cooling. All you have to do is max out the fan ports and like ChineseThunda said; set them all up as intake except for the two top 200mm and the back 120mm. Below is my configuration.

Front - 140mm Apevia at 59.6 CFM - $8.99 at TigerDirect
Side Lower - 2 X 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99ea at Amazon
Side - 200mm Xigmatek at 76 CFM - $18.99 at NewEgg
Top - 200mm NZXT FN-200RB at 166 CFM - $14.99ea at NewEgg
Rear - 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99 at Amazon
CPU Push/Pull - 2 X 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99ea at Amazon
Prolimatek Megahalems Rev B. CPU Cooler

The only change I might have made was that I was torn between the Megahalems and the Noctua NH-D14. In the end, I am happy with the choice I made but honestly those would be the only 2 that I would go with. I was going to go with the Hyper 212+ (Strictly because of the price to cooling ratio) but going back to the last system I built, the temps dropped 7C at full load when I swapped the Hyper 212+ out with a Megahalems so for this build I decided to stick with what I know opting for the Megahalems over the Noctua. However, I have a feeling the Noctua could shave off a few degrees. Maybe one day I will go ahead and try it, if for nothing else, just to see what it can do for future builds. Also, one other change I would make is using some 4-pin fans for the push/pulls. The Cooler Master fans I am using are 3-pin so they always run at 100%. Not such a bad thing because it does run 5.0GHz 24/7 and it's not too noisy, but it is a bit louder than I want when I'm watching a movie. Like ChineseThunda said, you could also put one of your 120mm NZXT fans in the 5.25" bay if you want, but I'm not certain that the cooling improvement would be enough to compensate for the extra noise. Plus it would only be cooling if you leave the front door open, which mine is almost always closed. If you do leave it open though and you don't mind the extra noise, I could see that this would shave off an extra 1C-2C, which might just help you to get to the next higher voltage. Hope this helps with your decision or gives you some ideas for how to set up your system.
    
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Looks like you loose the usb strip there? Which rad is that? Couldn't see perfectly, but do you have 3 pushing from the bottom as well? Would it be possible to just leave the end fan off and save the usb strip altogether?
I have an RX360 rad with 3x pull setup, i could do a push pull but i wont
and yes u can save the usb/audio jack strip but hey, when u do something do it good


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If by usb strip you mean the fan controller... im sure it would still fit Kenny just removed it for a different one. There is pictures of him filling the space in his work log.
Not he's right i ditched the usb/audio jack strip
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OK, so. Much bigger than i was expecting but it is 24 pounds, soooo.

The case doors are thick as well.

I was a bit upset that I had to drill out those rivets in the front HDD cage, but it looks much nicer.

This weekend it will be getting paint, and Im going to be painting the shroud on my FRIO OCK white. Im thinking about doing the middle blue part white to or I might paint it black and do the red, the orange thats going to be on the outside of the case.


Red will be orange to match case, the corners and sides will be white, the blue im not sure about.

I will not be painting the fans, so the very tops of them will still be black and show through, which i guess will be ok.

Edited by biggestmexi - 7/14/11 at 5:54am
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I have an RX360 rad with 3x pull setup, i could do a push pull but i wont
and yes u can save the usb/audio jack strip but hey, when u do something do it good
Alright thanks for the help! +1
 
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will this cut through the grill in the back of the case? anyone know? or should I just go get a dremel with a metal blade?
   
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will this cut through the grill in the back of the case? anyone know? or should I just go get a dremel with a metal blade?
Will what?

I am not sure what these guys are talking about by "metal" blades though.

What you should be looking for is the carbon reinforced blades. You can pick up a little container of them from any hardware store. Then you can also get a sanding block as well to smooth the edges once you are done.

You can remove the grills without cutting cant you, just bend the tabs back?
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Originally Posted by k.3nny View Post
I have an RX360 rad with 3x pull setup, i could do a push pull but i wont
and yes u can save the usb/audio jack strip but hey, when u do something do it good




Not he's right i ditched the usb/audio jack strip
Damn now I see it. You fill the gaps so smooth its hard to tell anything was ever there.
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I meant the back grill where the 120mm exhaust fan is. can you show me an example of said blades? I am not sure if the results I get are the right ones
Edited by chinesethunda - 7/14/11 at 1:37pm
   
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