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BitFenix Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP Arctic White Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

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  • 4 + 1 using included adapter Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Phenom M BFC-PHM-300-WWXKK-RP
Arctic White Steel


 
The BitFenix Phenom Micro-RTX Computer Case is meticulously crafted and elegantly styled in a compact package. This chassis comes with two 120mm Spectre fans, and fits micro ATX motherboards for added expansion possibilities. It accommodates long dual graphics cards and slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm. The removable storage rack gives you the flexibility to install two 3.5-inch hard disks or three 2.5-inch SSDs. Other features include tool-free convenience, two USB 3.0 ports, a removable dust filter, and the unique BitFenix SofTouch Surface. In addition, a choice of Midnight Black or Arctic White will surely suit your individual style.

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Highlights
  • Clean and Modern - Elegantly styled in a compact package
  • Micro ATX Compatibility - Fits micro ATX motherboards for added expansion possibilities
  • Unmatched Flexibility - Fits long dual graphics cards and slim water cooling radiators up to 240mm
  • Choose Your Own Style - Available in Midnight Black and Arctic White
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 - Two ports included for blazing file transfers
  • BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment - Luxurious matte finish and soft feel
  • Trouble-Free Installation - Large CPU cooler cutout, cable management, and heat shield
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Eric M.
  • 11/12/2014 5:53:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat build quality

Pros: This case is built like a tank and has a soft touch finish. It looks great if you want a more subtle looking case with no window. It holds a decent amount of hardware for its size.

Cons: The ventilation of the case is not fantastic but it works. I contacted their customer support with a question and never heard back.

Other Thoughts: This case is great if you want a very high quality build that will look good in an office or home. It is not flashy with lights and windows. It is not the best choice if you want to go SLI/Crossfire because the top video card (your mb is mounted inverted so video cards are at the top of the case) is very close to the vents. I installed slim 15mm fans above the case frame but under the dust filter and they works great while offering some extra room inside the case. I bought this to make a SLI X99 gaming machine but ended up with it as my work case in the office.

I have also owned the Corsair AIR 240 and 540 and Fractal Design Node 804. This case is of much higher build quality, has a more subtle appearance, and is the most minimalistic MATX case I have owned.

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  • Mark O.
  • 10/5/2014 10:50:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHORRIBLE Choice

Pros: It looks nice and built well but that's where it stops

Cons: I am sure that three bozos designed this case. While it's built nice and looks pretty the noodle heads that came up with this awkward case didn't put the installer in mind. There is SO much wrong with this thing I will try to elaborate more.

#1 - Instead of putting the buttons on the front of the case like normal cases have, they put them on the removable panel so that you have to juggle the case cover in one hand while you attach the external button, USB and sound plugs. Whats worse is that they are now located on the side.

#2 There is NO access to the power supply power switch. They mounted the power supply inside the case on some ridiculous carriage that you can't even get to the mounting screws.

#3 There is no access to the CD/DVD drive from the outside. While they put in a slot in the front of the case, the case cover goes over the front of the drive (how dumb is that?)

#4 The fans are mounted on the bottom of the case inside so you had better strap up all your cables properly because they could easily land on the fans on the inside of the case at the bottom AND there is no space under the case for the fans to bring in fresh air. They have some silly plate mounted on the bottom.

#5 No access to the motherboard without taking out the plate that holds the hard drives.

Other Thoughts: This was the worse case I ever had to deal with and if it wasn't for the fact that the customer wanted a white case I would have returned it. To top everything off the goobers at the factory only put three feet on the bottom so I am missing one. I have to use nice words on this review but believe me I was cussing up a storm putting this together.

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  • Steven P.
  • 9/28/2014 3:19:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCustom Mac Build

Pros: Perfect look I was going for. Ton of options for various power builds. The Phoenix Logo in the front does not light up-- happy about that. Subtle blue led's (disk activity, power) on the side. Tool less design on the important parts (getting into the case, expansion cards, power supply install). Small touches (no sharp edges, etc) make this one of the best case purchases I have made. Regular ATX power supply that when installed pulls air directly from the front through the bottom and away from my internal components. Case fans are whisper silent. Actually not even a whisper, i can't hear anything, even my internal components (sound card, cpu fan, etc). Which is surprising considering the top panel is just a mesh protector exposing the inside.

Cons: This is not the case for a person that likes to go into their case and futz about a lot. I have one drive at the moment, but the hard drive panel wall for additional sad options screws in place and obstructs access to the MB. The front panel wires (and thus, my one SSD drive) are tethered to the side panel making opening up and configuring a very careful chore. Due to the compact design and expansion options / configurations support I don't see how the engineers could have done different. So no eggs docked. Just be aware to take your time and get it the way you want it, then seal it up.

Other Thoughts: While waiting for it to arrive, I suggest watching some youtube videos to get a feel for the install. Take your time and think through the install as you go along. The first thing I did after removing all the packaging is figured out how the power supply goes in then removed it so I could install the motherboard with enough room for me to put in the motherboard screws. I then installed the power supply and it's connections, then the fan connections. I needed to plug in the panel connections (power, led, USB etc) first, then the PCI-e cards (video, wireless card) which was tricky since the side panel then becomes tethered to the MB and it becomes awkward on where to rest it while installing your expansion cards.

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  • Wade B.
  • 9/23/2014 5:50:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent case, just remember a few things

Pros: This case can hold 5 3.5" drives and 2 2.5" drives total. This makes it a great case to use as a file server. There is room for a tall CPU heatsink and fan. I am very happy with the case.

Cons: Just remember: there is no external 5.25" drive. Also remember to check the measurements. I didn't and it was bigger than I thought. Although it can hold 5 3.5" drives, it is not hot-swap friendly. Installing a power supply is a little tricky. And the manual is pathetic. I had to figure most everything out on my own.

Other Thoughts: The case came with a fan at the bottom. I move the fan to the top of the case and put 2 drives at the bottom. Like someone else said, I also put the side doors on backwards so that the power button faces the motherboard side. This worked out great in keeping my cables organized.

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  • Charles C.
  • 7/9/2014 7:32:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad Support

Pros: Fun case. Very different and a little challenging but I do like how everything fit once it was done.

Specs:
MSI MATX FM2+ Gaming mobo
MSI Gaming r9 280 3g Video Card
GSkill Sniper 2133 8GB
Athlon X4 Processor
Corsiar H60 CPU cooler (Push Pull)

Cons: Bitfenix support is AWFUL. The case came with a bad internal power cord. I messaged Bitfenix tech support more than a week ago to try and remedy the problem. I have heard nothing.

2 days ago I placed another ticket (they say someone will contact you within 48 hours). Well I have still heard nothing from them.

Looks like no more Bitfenix products for me......

Other Thoughts: Building my new PC with this case was fun and challenging. I like how it looks now that it is finished.

Cable management is a nightmare!

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  • Godwin O.
  • 4/6/2014 6:08:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPretty on the outside

Pros: -Sleek look
-Solid construction
-Thumbscrews in many places
-Lots of extra screws
-An abundance of air flow options
-An abundance of space for drives.

Cons: Hard to work with, optical drive blocked are worth subtractions of eggs. This case is a re-imagination of case design, which would be cool if it remained practical. If you want to access an optical drive in this case system, you're going to have to remove the front bezel to do so. But wait, to remove the front bezel, you must first remove both side panels! One of the side panels has wires attached to various points inside your case, so you have to be careful!
Upside-down construction was a bit goofy, Whereas normally I'd be building it in my sleep, I needed to use the manual.
-The wire management options are few, as the case hugs the mobo, there aren't holes and grommets for the cords come around from the back like there are in, say, the 350D. The wire managed pic is a fiction. This isn't worth an egg, because no window, but don't expect a clean wire managed build. Not fun to have to open this puppy up.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to buy a cute little case with a little expandability. I got a fairly chunky case that was both complicated to build and had zero wire management. Also the Softouch material looks like it will absorb rather than repel abuse from the kids, I wonder if washable markers might leave indelible marks in it -- guess we'll see. I just really admire what BitFenix had done, but this case has turned out to be a bit of a compromise between beauty and praticality. It is a gorgeous case and we pretty much placed it where it can be displayed.
You could still make this an HTPC, but just remember you will need an external optical drive OR leave the front Bezel off all the time.
I guess the flexcage is sold separately.

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  • Eugene P.
  • 3/25/2014 10:32:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks good, feels good. Everything I expected from it.

Cons: Non so far

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  • Zachary M.
  • 3/4/2014 9:02:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome case BUT

Pros: Well built construction, great rubberized feel, heavy durable steel, large CPU cutout, lots of options for a micro atx case.

Cons: Well this one is frustrating, the standoffs they give you are TERRIBLE, and none of the screws they give you work all that well with them. All but 2 of the standoffs are stripped. And I am not talking about stripped as in where the screw goes into the standoff, I am talking about the standoffs were stripped out of the mobo tray. This happened because the screw that you are SUPPOSED to use for the standoffs only go in about half way then you have to apply a little force. UNFORTUNATELY when you apply that force the standoff starts to spin with the screw thus stripping the mobo tray. I was considering using my plenty of other brass standoffs but they wouldn't screw in. I got my motherboard in but if I ever want to replace the motherboard I will have to replace the entire case with it because most of the standoff points are stripped.

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  • Peter W.
  • 2/28/2014 10:15:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Price: Beautiful and Compact

Pros: Pros:
+ The case has a very nice soft matte white case (can't say enough about the quality)
+ Very compact saving me a lot of desk/office space
+ Several options in terms of how you want to place your fans, hard drives, liquid cooling rig, etc.
+ Case comes with a big bag of extra screws as well as tool-less entry.
+ Simple exterior design
+ Plenty of internal fan mounting spots despite small form factor

Cons: - White case get dirty easily leaving light smudges (a handy bottle of dust off and a towel goes a long way)
- Inverted motherboard design takes a little getting used to
- Not the simplest of setups (took me about 4 hours to get everything seated comfortably

Other Thoughts: Tips:
>Figure out how many fans you're going to use and where you want them mounted for best airflow. I put 2 on the top, 1 on the back, and 1 on the bottom. Remember to factor in other fans such as CPU, GPU and PSU.
>The PSU sits vertically at the front of the case and it seems like the fan can either be setup facing out or in. I put mine facing out (towards the front of the case).
> All the cables side from the USB 3.0 header can be disconnected from the side panel. This helped a lot with connecting all the wires, without having the keep the panel attached to the case while installing the rest of my hardware (the hard drive and the GPU had to be installed afterward due to where the connections are on my MOBO).
> Disk drives can be placed in a few different places. I put my 1 TB on the top (there's a 5.25" bay and the case comes with a 3.5" converter). This does mostly block the fan that would on the top towards the front of the case, so if you want a lot of airflow, you might consider mounting hard drives on the bottom of the case.
> SSD drives should be mounted on the side panel. My first thought was to use extra long SATA cables, but you really don't need to. What I did to install them was connect the SATA cables on the SSD end and all the Bezel wire as well, then mount the right side panel. Then you can go in from the left side panel and connect the SATA cables to the motherboard as well as the USB 3.0 header.
> Last Tip is to actually read the instruction booklet that comes with the case. Yes, it is extremely lacking in detail. Yes, it is oddly reminiscent of the IKEA manuals. But it DOES help when first getting accustomed to the case design, and can help you map out how you're going to install everything (not just where, but in what order!).
Summary:
If you're looking for a nice compact case that's high quality (all metal) but are willing to spend a little extra on the setup... then this is the case for you.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 1/22/2014 8:40:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome design challenges that can be avoided

Pros: It's a clean looking compact case. There are many configuration option for HDD and fan positioning.

Cons: As others have noted, the suggested set up of this case has hot air venting out the bottom, with cool air coming in the top.
The power buttons are set up on the panel you would normally use to access the internals, meaning that you have to disconnect cables to open it up.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to put in a TV stand, and it fits perfectly.

I got around all of the "problems" with this case, by swapping the side panels - so that the side panel with no buttons is on the opening side. This makes the buttons upside down, but then I mounted/positioned the case on it's side. This puts the buttons on top, and changes the airflow pattern so that instead of intake - top, exhaust bottom, it is now intake - front, exhaust - back. This works perfectly.

I had to do a bit of planning to assemble everything, but it worked out great, and I ended up with much better airflow and cooling than any other PC I've built.

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