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post #11 of 49
Dude, This case will work just fine. The BT doesn't block the vents as far as i've seen, but you may want to look into something a bit shorter, not alot shorter, but a bit. With the big fan on the bottom, You can try swapping it for one for the thinner ones up top, or take it off the mount and move it behind the bracket holder thingy. And if the entire panel was made out of aluminum, that would be creating more noise, remember that this case was designed for near silence, and those triple layered panels play a HUGE part in that. The fans work great for me...
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post #12 of 49
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Originally Posted by kevin_tsoi2000
No personal experience, but from what I hear people love it. Almost dead quiet and elegant looks as well. I would go for it.
there's a misconception going around in regards to this case and how quiet your computing will be. like i mentioned in the thread that was linked earlier, you still need to pick certain parts for it to be quiet. now without regurgitating what i've already said in the other thread i'll try and list what i think some pros and cons are for the case.

pros:
  • they seperate the PSU from the mainboard to help reduce the heat.
  • 4 spots for 120mm fans. 1 in the front, 1 behind the lower HD cage in front of the PSU, one in the rear at the standard exhaust position and one close to that at the top.
  • 2 HD enclosures
cons:
  • heavy
  • front door warps on older models. you can easily get this replaced through Antec by faxing/emailing them your receipt.
  • cable managment can be a problem if you don't invest time in it. depending on the PSU, you might have to get cable extensions. i have one cable extension for the 4 pin motherboard, but that's only because i routed my cables around the motherboard to help with airflow and keeping it neat.


now to comment to some of Burn's observations...

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Originally Posted by Burn
I have it too...

Not such a good review from me. The side panel's clips are plastic, meaning they broke off the first week I had it. Oh, and one of the 3-speed fans makes an awful clicking noise right now, so I need to get that replaced.

I see where they were going on the design, but they could've:
  • Made the PSU mounting area longer so you could actually fit the 120mm fan in there without hitting the wires
  • Made the entire side panel out of aluminum
  • Make quality fans that don't fail after the first 2 months of use.
the sides are made out of plastic. i wish they weren't, but mine haven't broke even with me constantly taking my panels on and off when i reseat my HSF or tidy up the cables after adding components.

not a big fan of those stock fans myself. i replaced them really quickly with 3 Panaflows and 1 Nexus that's in front of the PSU.

i had no problems fitting the Nexus fan in front of the PSU. granted the Seasonic S12 (sleeved version)is not very long, but i also had an Antec SP2.0 500w (modular cables/sleeved)before that and i didn't have problems with cables in there.

if you plan on using the top HD enclosure behind the front intake fan spot, i recommend you to use 120x25mm fans. when i have my Panaflow there, i wasn't able to use the HD enclosure because it was rather wide (120x38mm).

so in closing i do like the case, but i wish there were tweaks to it. whichever case you pick, good luck on your choice and do a lot of research so you're not disapointed in your purchase.
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post #13 of 49
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Originally Posted by Lone136


I think it is a great case--super for a quiet PC--may eventually build a rig in one. Like the compartments for the PSU, HDDs...go for it!
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post #14 of 49
it doesn't actually block the vents, it just is so big on my p4p800-e mobo that it doesn't allow much air through from the rest of your case. but don't worry, it'll allow great cpu temps because of that.
post #15 of 49
Have the case, and I like it. However, some bigger PSUs don't fit easily (The Antec Phantom 500W only fits when replacing the 35mm thick fan with one of the 25mm thick fans.)

Cable management is a bit of a pain indeed. I personally don't have issues with the fans, nor with the plastic bits that keep the side panels in place. I removed the upper level hard disk bracket, which improved airflow (case temps down about 3C).

It's a good case; quiet, but a few little issues (mainly cable management)
    
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post #16 of 49
I have the case, here are my thoughts:

It is a nice case, quiet (with the right stuff), looks nice from the out side and it has an interesting thermal design. HOWEVER: There is WAY to much plastic on this case for my likeing. All the pannels in this case (front and both sides) are plastic with aluminium plates over them. Also, the top of the case is steal with plastic over it. I found cable managment to be horible and mouting hard drives in the bottom bay is a nightmair. There is simply not enough room down there to work the cables. Also, it is very hard to work in. I cant say that I can recomend this case.
post #17 of 49
I have it and love it.

If you take your time and carefully plan out your method of operation before you begin, and take time with the cable management, everything comes out great.

Very quiet, very cool, with lots of options for changing stuff around. Also, the dust filters on the front are a nice little bonus.

The only complaint I have is that I wish they made the right side panel screws thumbscrews like they have on the left side panel, but you're mostly only using the left panel so it's not a big deal.

Here's a few pics to give you an idea of what you can do if you do a good job on it (props to Monarch Computers for this). Sorry they're only 800x600. Haveta get that file size down.
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post #18 of 49
I have 1 more question.


How do you tell if my P180 has the NEW front door or the older ones? (the ones that warp)
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post #19 of 49
if you're able to see the case in person, open the front door. if the inside of that front door is made out of black plastic, then that's the old front door. the new ones are reinforced.

like i said earlier, even if you get the old one, you can easily get the new door direct from Antec if you go through their RMA. they'll ask you to email or fax a copy of the receipt and they'll ship you the replacement..
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post #20 of 49
reinforced with what? Metal?




do i have to mail my old door back?
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