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23 Jul 2012   #1
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Could kick myself

Missed out on a super deal for a Coolermaster Sniper but waiting too long and now the only ones I can access aer $100 more than what I could have got it for -$169.

So am looking at the HAF 932 Advanced as I do like the east / west HDD set ups and just wondering if anyone else has had one and their thoughts on the pros and cons please.


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24 Jul 2012   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Pros:

►Fantastic cooling with stock (even better after replacing stock fans)
►Room to fit adhoc fans (place fans where they normally wouldn't go)
►Is very roomy to work with. (big enough to fit a toddler )
►Will fit any video card with ease
►Good cable management
►Included USB 3.0
►Now comes in black on the inside as stock

Cons:

► Dust magnet. The front and side intake will draw dust. (There are some Demci flex filters available as on optional purchase. It will cut down on the dust, but will also hamper the cooling. Airflow restriction is only an issue if you OC heavily)
► Noise - due to it's 'open' styling (mesh everywhere) you will hear components like GPU's a little more than a more 'closed case'.
► Potential to be come a fan addict
► Aesthetics. Personally I love the look. In the flesh, it looks big and menacing But some find it to be 'ugly'.
► Size. It's a big and imposing case.


I had the original 932 and it is an awesome case. I regret giving it to my sister. Realistically my only gripe was the dust. But if you give it a wipe down at least once a week, it will mitigate a lot of accumulation.

Honestly, I don't think you'd regret it. it is a great case that looks good and will keep components very cool.
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24 Jul 2012   #3
Nitro58

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I also have one, and I love it. As smarteyeball said it's very roomy with great cable management ect. I don't think you would regret getting one!
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24 Jul 2012   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks fellas might just go with this one then as yep I'm fan addicted already and have done so work on filter systems for fans and grills I know smarty it will cut down a tad on the air flow but with that many vents it should be ok.

Gary and I have been testing out some sheer curtain material after I originally tested with bridal tulle but found it still wasn't fine enough so have got this stuff now. Plus I have also tested out that Organza material too - it's just as fine as the factory made jobs and the only problem is I have only been able to find it in white.
Organza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & see pic you'll see what I mean.

Fixing it on I do with cloth duct tape I do on the inside of cases and although it ain't very erm pretty it does a fantastic job. I s cleanable or throw away as you please.

Oh plus it cuts down on the noise a bit too. That is the only thing that would annoy me - the noise.


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24 Jul 2012   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Thanks fellas might just go with this one then as yep I'm fan addicted already and have done so work on filter systems for fans and grills I know smarty it will cut down a tad on the air flow but with that many vents it should be ok.
Depending on material used, the decreased airflow is not that big of a deal. Components will still be well within safe ranges. With the demci flex filters. +7c was about the max increase. (they blocked dust, but were very restrictive. Psaantyhose 'gusset on the side panel was about 4-5c iirc.

Personally I found that replacing the rear 140MM with a more efficte fan, as well as replacing the side and top fans (4x 120mm side, two 120mm top (3 was a waste) ) was the most effective.

Adding another 120mm on the back on the HDD cage also augmented the front intake. Placing the side fans on a controller was a good trade off between noise and airflow.

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Oh plus it cuts down on the noise a bit too. That is the only thing that would annoy me - the noise.
As mentioned - a fan controller helps with the case fans. Summer time - fans go up, winter, fans go down. Select some quiet fans and you can all but eliminate obnoxius noises. For cpu coolers I had noctua Nh-12P and a NH-D14 which which are quiet at full tilt. Add some resistors (if not over clocking) and they run virtually silent.

For most of my HAF's life I had reference cooled CF setups. Undoubtedly you'll be running a single GPU @ idle loads most of the time so the noise becomes an non-issue.

HDD's - never heard them.

(Iirc, you aren't a gamer)




If you'd like to mention the specs of of all components going into the HAF, I can help offer the best fan setup suited to your needs.
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24 Jul 2012   #6
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I have been using my HAF 932 advanced for 2 years as my main and only rig.

Super quiet with stock fans. You can look at my specs on other hardware.
The three 230mm fans are hooked up direct to molex 12v and have been running 100% (800RPM???) 12 hours plus per day for the past two years.
No failures or noise.

Now if you go with water cooling with the radiator in the top I'm sure you will get more fan noise of course.
That will occur with any case used.

Dust is a nuisance with any case.
Just rig it up with panty hose as we discussed you suggested months ago in your thread in the Chill room.
Front and side intake. Works for me.
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26 Jul 2012   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok Hoppy might just go with the HAF then - I'm not intending to use liquid cooling anyway just that we wanted to try out some OC and the dust well mate as I think I mentioned I found the Organza and the sheer curtain material that I shared with G are the best.

We did come up with a design for a grill using square gutter guard mesh that clipped onto the cooler - (fan / side) on the cooler too but have opted for the round ready made one with the filter over it. It is less noisy than those honeycomb grills - which you can make quieter with filter material though.

As for the rest of the case well nigh impossible to cover all entry points and I think one has to be realistic regarding that eh?

Actually I was thinking of asking Arctic (they probably think I am mad - which I probably am) if it were possible to have dry ice inside the pipes in coolers - these would no need the circulation of the conventional ones on account of the extreme cold in it's solid state. Only problem I can see is that it poses a risk to the machines owner by contact with the pipes. If you have ever let off one of those CO2 fire extinguishers you'll know what I mean.
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26 Jul 2012   #8
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I have one as well,


The Haf-X is not too much more, looks cooler, and has 2 hot swap bays.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119239

They also have a Hax-XM mid tower that looks cool as well,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119257
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26 Jul 2012   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks Zepher That is huge and so neat - love the big fans and also what is my favourite the east / west drive bays.

The only difference is I shall have the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler as I have two already - one in my main and one in the tester and are incredibly efficient and they can only just be heard even with your ear next to the fans!

But nice looking case as it doesn't have all those chunky outside bits - not fussed over that sort of thing eh?

I also like Coolermaster not just for cases - main's a Centurion at the moment - but also the fans too.
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26 Jul 2012   #10
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Ok Hoppy might just go with the HAF then - I'm not intending to use liquid cooling anyway just that we wanted to try out some OC and the dust well mate as I think I mentioned I found the Organza and the sheer curtain material that I shared with G are the best.
I knew you/we came up with some ideas for material I just couldn't remember them all.
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