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post #11 of 32
Cooling wise, the HAF X is way better, and the fan controller in the phantom is only capable of like 15w a channel if memory serves correctly

As for the h70, I think it is quite a nice product, I had one before I went full water cooling and was ably to push my pentium d 840 to 4.20 GHz with a FBS of 262.5 MHz for a 24/7 comp with only the stock fans... I vouch for the h70 if you want some the benefits of water cooling with no hassle (leak testing, cleaning the loop and such)

As for the RASA kits, I think that they are great kits and a good place to start if this is your first time putting together a water-cooling loop... However, you should know that there is a lot more involved than with a h70

my personal opinion on the all of the RASA kits is that it would be a much better learning experience to do some research and buy all of the parts you need for a CPU loop separately and put it all together yourself... I know that the last option will be a little more expensive, but it can also be fun and you will typically get a loop that you can add to in the future

I know that this thread was not meant to commit on your cooler, but it seems we are anyways so what I would say is that if you would like no hassle cooling, get an h70... If you are fine with an open water-cooling loop, then build one yourself with lower cost parts ... Just my opinion though

So a quick summary:
Recommend the HAF X
h70 for no hassle
Build your own loop otherwise

Hope this helped
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post #12 of 32
hafx is more expansive!

and h70 sucks get a real cooler
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post #13 of 32
I would get the HAF X. But both are great cases, so you can't go wrong with either.
post #14 of 32
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Yeah, I know i can get a dedicated water cooling setup for not much more, but they sound like a major PITA and from working on a pond i know I really, REALLY suck at getting water connections tight...Also theres a lot of maintenance involved cleaning the thing out and etc...I am not expecting an H70 to be as good, but I expect it to perform well and hopefully let me get my i7-2600k to 4.5 as i intend to actually -overclock- this system...4.5 seems like a modest easily achievable goal on the i7-2600k....i might try for more of course

I did end up deciding on the Phantom fairly concretely, I let one or two bad reviews get to me i think and panicked over what to do, the HAF X is in by no means a bad case (Heck its tempting) but for me it lacks the "oooooh" factor of the Phantom....if i was doing a full WC setup or getting dual 580s or something, I'd definitely get the HAF X, but for my rig, i think the Phantom will work just fine

I was planning to mostly use the stock fans unless i think my temps are too outrageous or things are too loud...

I'm also nabbing a Corsair AX850 power supply for this puppy, which i already checked, theres plenty of folks using it with the Phantom no problems...

Thanks for the advice guys, Even if i ended up choosing against it

-edit- I'm getting excited about this build lol Gonna be my masterpiece
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post #15 of 32
Both cases are good enough where I think it just comes down to which one you like the look of better.
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post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by KenjiS View Post
Yeah, I know i can get a dedicated water cooling setup for not much more, but they sound like a major PITA
It's one of the costs of water cooling, but it's totally worth it if you want a decent overclock and not worry about temps, some of the Rasa Kit users here at OCN can vouch for it.

With a little help from the watercooling gurus here you won't have any problems with it.
    
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Originally Posted by tryagainplss View Post
It's one of the costs of water cooling, but it's totally worth it if you want a decent overclock and not worry about temps, some of the Rasa Kit users here at OCN can vouch for it.

With a little help from the watercooling gurus here you won't have any problems with it.
Maybe ill ask about it then...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...tem.html#blank

This thing right?
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post #18 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by KenjiS View Post
Yeah, I know i can get a dedicated water cooling setup for not much more, but they sound like a major PITA and from working on a pond i know I really, REALLY suck at getting water connections tight...Also theres a lot of maintenance involved cleaning the thing out and etc...I am not expecting an H70 to be as good, but I expect it to perform well and hopefully let me get my i7-2600k to 4.5 as i intend to actually -overclock- this system...4.5 seems like a modest easily achievable goal on the i7-2600k....i might try for more of course

I did end up deciding on the Phantom fairly concretely, I let one or two bad reviews get to me i think and panicked over what to do, the HAF X is in by no means a bad case (Heck its tempting) but for me it lacks the "oooooh" factor of the Phantom....if i was doing a full WC setup or getting dual 580s or something, I'd definitely get the HAF X, but for my rig, i think the Phantom will work just fine

I was planning to mostly use the stock fans unless i think my temps are too outrageous or things are too loud...

I'm also nabbing a Corsair AX850 power supply for this puppy, which i already checked, theres plenty of folks using it with the Phantom no problems...

Thanks for the advice guys, Even if i ended up choosing against it

-edit- I'm getting excited about this build lol Gonna be my masterpiece

Sounds like you've got a good thing in the making. Can't wait to see final pictures.
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Originally Posted by The_Cyb0rg View Post
Sounds like you've got a good thing in the making. Can't wait to see final pictures.
Neither can i, I'm definately taking (good) pictures and doing a writeup..MAYBE a video

This is the first build i've had the liberty of taking my time building (Ie not because a previous rig died or something) in a while...

And I am seriously considering the Rasa now....Makes me a bit nervous...but we'll see....
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post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by Mannerheim View Post
HAFX is exceptionally good in the function aspect, whilst the phantom just looks awesome.
For me, performance over appearance so I would go for the HAFX. But that's just me, you may have a different view.
The HAF X is a great case but in my opinion its features aren't all that "awesome"

The NZXT Phantom is the most unique case I have ever seen, it's design is delicious, especially it's outside. Other manufacturers have tried something similar (Antec 200, an attempt) but have failed.

NZXT has created something nice and simple like the Antec P series but still unique, with it's own design.

It's interior is great but compared to the HAF X is almost engulfed.

The HAF X is superior with watercooling space, hardware compatibility and strength.
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