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NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 700W ATX 12V V2.31 & EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Haswell Support)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -White color to match my white NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed case.

-Plenty of power for a single GPU rig.

Cons: -The cables are a bit odd to work with. The connections (specifically the SATA cables) seem to be upside down from what I would have expected coming up from a bottom mounted PSU. When I connect my SSD and 2 HDDs, there are awkward looking little loops of cable sticking out instead of running flat down. The drives are mounted sideways in my case so thankfully the side panel hides this.

-The cables are a little on the stiff side. Not terrible to work with, but could have been a little easier.

NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition 04/05/2014

This review is from: NZXT Phantom 630 Windowed Edition White Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: -Roomy enough for everything you could possibly need, and even lots of room for the extras that you don't.

-Really sleek and cool looking (especially with blue LED fans put in.)

-Built in fan control is very handy, as is the rear I/O panel LED and SD card reader.

-Lots of space for wiring behind the motherboard tray and plenty of tie down points. Near effortless to get a clean wiring job done in this case!

-Filters on every intake! If you have pets, or there's a lot of dust in your house, this will make keeping your case clean and cool much easier. They just slide in and out very easily.

-Filters for both top 200mm exhaust fan spots! Most manufacturers don't filter exhaust fans. I think this is a nice little bonus. Since the case is so big, I assume many will keep it on their desk instead of underneath it. Having dust filters on the top of the case will definitely help keep things from floating down into the case when the power is off and the fans aren't blowing.

-Excellent build quality. Everything feels sturdy and durable. (Apart from the window, which I'll cover in the cons section.)

-The black exterior metal mesh screens are easy to remove. Case modders will enjoy being able to simply remove and paint them any color they wish.

Cons: -The window tends to rattle. It's not kept in the side panel very tight at all. If you keep this baby on your desk like I do (its too big to fit underneath!) and you bump your desk or cause vibration when you type, you can hear the window rattling. It's quite annoying. This kind of surprises me because NZXT is very good at making sure everything else keeps quiet by putting in rubber washers at almost every screw point. It would have been really nice to see the window considered as well. Apart from this, the case is nearly silent (unless you have your fans ramped up, of course.) A small rubber gasket around the tab holes in the window would have been cheap and would have gone that one tiny last step to keeping this case quiet.

-The front and top panels are quite hard to remove. When you do finally get them to come off, it makes a loud noise. The first time I did this, the panel came off with such force that I thought I had broken one of the pressure pegs holding it to the chassis.

-The front fan filter that snaps to the inside of the front panel is tricky to put back on. It kind of snaps on then slides down a little. Nothing is mentioned in the manual so it took me a bit to figure out how to secure it properly. I kept trying to put the front panel back on and the filter kept falling off.

-The sliding brackets that hold your HDDs/SSDs in the front are a little cheap feeling at first, but seem flexible enough to not break if you are paying attention to what you're doing and not being rough with them.

-The top 5.25" external bay is about a half inch shorter (front to back) than the other 3. I could not fit my ODD in there because the case does not allow me to slide it all the way back.

Other Thoughts: Even with its cons, this is a truly awesome case. I usually build a new computer for myself every 3-4 years, and in the future I plan on reusing this case instead of buying a new one.

The only feature that is missing that I would have liked is perhaps gasketed ports for water cooling tubes like the ones on the Phantom 530 case. I don't have a water cooling setup at the moment, but when finances allow me to, it is something I would like to try. The rear vents to the side of the expansion slots seem like they would be easily modded for this purpose, though. A Dremel, some split black rubber tubing and 5 minutes could make this a very simple job.

SAMSUNG 2243BWX High Gloss Piano Black 22
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This monitor is a great value for the price. I've seen monitors that cost over $100 more and not look this great. The picture was awesome right out of the box.. I barely messed with the controls at all, just long enough to familiarize myself with the menu.

The built-in USB hub in the base is very convenient also.

Cons: It's a bit wobbly but you'd go nuts trying to find a screen this big that isn't. Also, locating the touch buttons at the bottom can be a bit tricky, especially in a dark room.

Just nitpicking here, but it would be nice to have a little cord management somewhere in the back. I suppose a little black electrical tape around the base will work if you're not picky.. but for some the cords will look ugly hanging out the bottom with no place to put them.


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Display Name: Jay C.

Date Joined: 02/13/09

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  • First Review: 02/23/09
  • Last Review: 04/05/14
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