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This review is from: NZXT Crafted Series Phantom Black/Green Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: Chose this case for only a few reasons. After doing mountains of research I could safely conclude that tons of cases will fit my full board, a large graphics card, and a few hard drives. Many cases out there have some crazy 8 or 10 extra drive bays, which just seems excessive in most cases (pun intended). This was one of the few cases that had a concealed and aesthetically pleasing front. I didn't want 8-9 drive bays sitting unused in front covered by an ugly mesh screen. The cases they make now days are massive and many full size cases will fit everything one needs. I had about 7 or 8 cases I was deciding between. All were well reviewed, solidly built by reputable companies so it really did eventually come down to, "what do I feel like taking up half my desk and how will it look". A better case won't make your hard drives faster or your video card work any better.
* I had started to consider which case came with more fans until I stopped being lazy and realized fans were $10-15 dollars and not something I want to judge a case by. I decided to grab a green LED NZXT 140mm for around $14 for the front. The side fans kick out a ton of air but a straight front fan to create a good air flow direction definitely helps and the green LED definitely helps the sexyness even more :)
It sounds kind of superficial but I did HOURS of research trying to find out which case was "better" or the "best one". Eventually I realized that unless you are running 8+ drives, 3+ video cards, some crazy liquid cooling, and just an insane amount of hardware, there are 25+ cases on the market from good companies that are going to do exactly what you need. If I was going to have a massive box of metal and plastic on my desk, why not pick the one that looks the best while serving my
Cons: - Only slight "problem" I can find: My Coolermaster Hyper TX3 does only have about 3/4 of an inch left for clearance until it meets the side of the case. The area I'm referring to is screen over and has mounts for, I believe, a 200mm fan. I wasn't planning on and haven't bothered to put a fan there but just from looking at it maayy possibly not fit. Wasn't really a big concern as there is PLENTY of airflow in this case especially if you throw in a front 140mm (as I mention later, the green LED is so worth it :D ) and being that it's covered by a clean looking grill it still provides nice ambient airflow right to the top of the cooler (putting my hand up to it right now I can definitely feel a solid, cool breeze coming from it)
Other Thoughts: Other notes: Fan control is more useful than I thought. I keep the fans on low and it's nearly dead silent (my cases is about 1 foot from me ON the desk)
*USB was definitely a concern. Would have liked ~4 on the panel (front or top, whichever case you look at). I have a Razer Keyboard that provides me with an additional port and have a USB hub ($10-$20 a lot of places) that I have kind of "mounted" conveniently on my desk. That takes care of that problem.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 - CPU Cooler with 3 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Nearly 8,800 reviews and still averaging 5 stars? What more do you need. Solid 5-6 hour gaming sessions keep my Intel i7 4930k always under 45c and idles well under 35c. Of the hours I spent meticulously researching every component I put into this build, this item took about 4 minutes. Really though, find me another product with nearly 9,000 reviews and still @ 5 stars, that's insane.
Cons: Not a Complaint, just do your homework, or if you're like me, be lazy and just get a massive case so you don't have to worry about much. She is a big girl. I have about 1/2''-3/4'' clearance to the side of my NZXT Phantom case. I haven't tried to insert a fan on the side as the grill alone is sufficient for providing airflow but just from looking at it right here I don't think it would fit. If so a very tight squeeze.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned I'm burning up 5-6 hours (I need a life) of straight gaming and have never seen my CPU over 42 degrees Celsius. Amazing price on this thing too!
Take the extra $80-$110+ you might have spent on liquid cooling and invest it in something that will immediately help your performance like your GPU or a larger capacity SSD.