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NZXT Phantom 530 White ATX Full Tower Computer Case Includes 1 x 200mm Front, 1 x 140mm Rear 2 x USB 3.0  Fan Controller
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Build quality is very high. The metal is rigid, and the paint feels durable. The door on the front of the case is held shut with magnets, not a fragile latch. Modularity of the 3.5" HDD racks is exceptional, and every 3.5" space includes a mounting rail which can accept a 2.5" drive. You can choose to use any combination of the three sections of rackspace in any arrangement. Optical drive bays feature a clipping mechanism, so there are no screws here either. Every part of the interior is painted, including areas which most observers will never see. Tons of space for cable management. Hidden SSD mounting bracket on the back of the motherboard tray. An extra cutout allows CPU power to be routed behind the motherboard, rather than across the top. Plenty of space for CPU cooler backplate installs. Rubber grommets in major cable routing areas. Universal thumbscrews everywhere in the case that doesn't have a toolless system. LED lighting system for the back panel IO ports with a push-button toggle on the top of the case. Fan controller with variable speed and expansion space for many additional fans. Motherboard standoffs come pre-installed for standard ATX motherboards, with 2 extra included (11 total).

Cons: No interior lighting included. Not every passthrough from the interior to the cable-routing side wall is grommeted. No FDD space on the front panel. Only the screws intended for the power supply have hex heads in addition to phillips; those intended for the motherboard have dome heads instead. Preinstalled motherboard standoffs will require adjustment if you want to use a form factor other than ATX. (Micro ATX for example.)

Other Thoughts: The cons are minor grievances. This case is seriously fantastic. I had some bad experiences with NZXT products in the past, and was a little skeptical about build quality; glad I took a chance on this. I would recommend it to anybody looking for a full tower. Take your time with the cable management and you can make a really clean looking build.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 10 Degrees Cooler While Idle 03/13/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Immediately dropped ten centigrade for idle temperature.
Looks cool.

Cons: Gigantic.
Somewhat difficult install.

Other Thoughts: It's a giant heatsink that works like a giant heatsink. I installed it in a few minutes on an ASRock Extreme4 Z68 motherboard, LGA 1155 socket. The idle temperature for my CPU immediately dropped about 10 degrees Celsius to ~33 C.

The bad news, though, is that the cooler is huge. I was able to fit in in my Rosewill Challenger (mid-tower) case, but it required some cutting of the motherboard backplane to accommodate the nuts for the cooler's backplate. It wasn't a hard mod, but if you don't have the air tools to cut steel you'd be out of luck.

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Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Enough space for anything you want to stuff in.
Paint inside looks really nice.
Ventilation is excellent, and the filter for the PSU intake is a nice touch.
Screwless mounts for drives work well.
Included fans work like fans should.
No sharp points anywhere on the case, inside and out, so you won't get cut.
Construction is strong.

Cons: The front audio jacks are garbage, and the leads back to the motherboard are not shielded. You hear a lot of horrible noise in the line (and in fact, I wasn't even able to get the headphone port's detection to work correctly). The plastic parts of the front face plate, in general, feel cheap and breakable.
The cage for hard disks interferes with motherboard that have their SATA ports going out the side. They're usable, but it's extremely difficult to work with.
There are "four" disc drive sized bays, however the top one is obstructed by the front ports.

Other Thoughts: If the faceplate were better thought out, this case would be five-star rated. All of the metal work looks and feels great, but the plastic on the front is so bad that it feels like it will snap any time you attempt to remove the faceplate. While the top disc drive (5.25" bay) is obstructed and cannot be used, it does include another set of screwless mounts which could be used as spares if any of the others were damaged (and they being made of cheap plastic, this is very possible).

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Display Name: Michael P.

Date Joined: 10/26/10

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  • First Review: 01/29/11
  • Last Review: 11/01/13
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