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This review is from: NZXT Phantom 410 Series CA-PH410-R1 Red Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: This was all around the best looking case with all the right features:
It can support most form factor Mobo's with an opening on the mobo tray for easy installation of CPU coolers.
The width and length of the case support large video cards, especially with the removable HDD/SSD bay. Overall I feel like it is on the larger end of a Mid-Tower.
All 3 included fans are high quality, with room and jumpers for many more, plus water cooling amenities. The LED fan is very bright.
Most of the installation was toolless.
Native USB 3.0 support and jumpers.
It also included a lot of hardware for the few things that are not toolless, so no matter what you pair with it, you'll have screws.
The list can go on, I'll finish up this by saying I got it from newegg.com when it was much cheaper than it is now, and they had released newer NZXT phantom cases. I was willing to pay more for a better product, but in the end I picked the older model because of the better (IMHO) exterior aesthetics and the internal features were almost identical for less $$.
Cons: There are only a few things I have to say about this case that I wish were different:
First, the only LED fan is the top 140mm fan. In addition to that, no matter what color case you get, the LED is blue, not white, not red, but blue. With the other colors of the components of my PC it looks like Mario, for real.
Secondly, this is a compatibility problem with the Asus Maximus VI Hero mobo. It has a weird insulation buffer on the backplate. the standoff placement had no forgiveness in the case and I had to pull the insulation off. Another problem with combining this board and case was the placement of the CPU power. The board had it at the very top corner, I had to remove the fan from the case and use leverage from another tool just to get it secured in that tight place.
These are minor inconveniences, and if you plan on adding more fans to the case or changing brands of fans to one you trust, the first one is an aesthetic issue that is out weighed by the rest of the features in this case.
Other Thoughts: Like the title says, I fell in love with this case the moment I laid eyes on it. I don't just rush in to purchases either. (I get buyers remorse when the items are just in my cart) I did so much research and kept coming back to this case. I've been using it for months now and I am over pleased.
Putting my rig together was a breeze with the design of the case. There is plenty of room in this case for a second Video card and many more HDD/SSD and optical drives. You will not be disappointed by any of it's amazing features.
Pros: They are the perfect color red for my set up, first off.
Work at advertised speed with no tweaking.
The heat spreaders are low enough to clear most CPU coolers.
They look cool and work well. 'Nuff said!
Cons: I would say none really, except for the pricing.
If you are running a dual channel setup, it is more effective and cheaper to buy 2x4gb dimms than 4x2gb dimms like this package.
That is only if you want more ram and if you plan to OC, stick with just 2 dimms.
Other Thoughts: However, not all rigs need 8gb of ram. Mine is running most newer games amazingly, but I would still like that extra comfort of knowing it is overkill. When I upgrade, I will get 2x4gb dimms instead of adding another 4gb dimm to my dual channel setup for heat and stability reasons.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Thermaltake NiC C5 (CLP0608) 120mm Untouchable CPU Cooler
Pros: -Looks Great
-Easy to install
-Moves some air
-Not very loud at all
-Clears my ram
Cons: -The fans aren't labeled as to which way the air flows. You can figure it out, but I was expecting an arrow on the side like most fans.
-This cooler does clear most ram, however, during the install it tells you to take the fans out of the shell. In order to put them back in, I did have to take one DIMM in and out to pop the fan back into place.
-The manual fan control is silly, it needs to be bypassed.
Other Thoughts: I installed this cooler with no problems onto a Z87 board, socket 1150. I've read a lot of the reviews from this site about this item and numerous people have complained about how insecure this cooler is. YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG! The plates and all the pieces were immovable at a hand tightened level and the actual plate that secures the cooler to the surface of the CPU can be tightened down so much. I used a screw driver to give it the extra half turn and you could pick up the whole board by that cooler. It doesn't sag or anything. It's also just the right size to fit into the NZXT phantom case.READ FULL REVIEW