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Windows 7: Case Hunters

29 Jun 2011   #11
DaGooN

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1, VMware Windows 7 64bit Ultimate SP1
 
 

tom did a nice review on the new Fractal case.. lots of room in a mid tower. he gave it a gold award. he fits a dual Rad in the roof of the case with room to spare. even with tall ram such as Corsair Vengeance.



- 8x 3.5 inch HDD trays, compatible with SSD!
- 2x 5.25 inch bays, with 1x 5.25>3,5 inch converter included
- On top of front panel: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 and Audio I/O
- No PSU included (removable filter below PSU)
- M/B compatibility: Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX
- 1 front mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
- 1 rear mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
- 1 top mounted Fractal Design 140mm fan @ 1000rpm included
- 7+1 expansion slots with sleek white painted brackets
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 290mm when removable HDD-Bay is in place
- Supports graphic card lengths up to 470mm without removable HDD-Bay
- Supports CPU coolers with height of 180mm
- Supports PSU's with a depth of maximum circa 170mm, when using bottom 120/140mm fan location
- When not using the bottom 120/140mm fan location, the case supports also longer PSU's, typically 270mm
- Case size (WxHxD): 230x460x515mm with front and top bezel in place

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30 Jun 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Terronium 12 View Post
So I'm now in possession of the HAF-X, and it's been an absolute pain in my ass.

Why?

With the board mounted in the case none of the expansion cards line up properly at all; they're not in-line with the slots, and if I line them up then they'll jog out of place and won't line up with PCI slots at all. Yes, the standoffs are all in the right place, and yes, everything is tightened as it should be. If I use taller standoffs like those that came with the Stacker then the board is too high and won't line up with the I/O panel -- do you see a trend here?
That is surprising, because I have a HAF 922, and had no problem with slot alignments. The only problem that I did have was that there is a metal fin on the right side of the case, next to the power supply, that I had to bend upward, or it would not allow the PS to line up in it's proper place.

Considering that ATX motherboards, PSs, etc. are all pretty much standard in dimensions, I fail to understand why there would be a problem putting them in any case...unless it was once of those midget cases, designed to be cramped.
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30 Jun 2011   #13
Terronium 12

Windows 10 Technical Preview - x64
 
 

I don't know why either.

This is the third consecutive time I've been screwed out of money buying a PC component; first the two 4870 X2's (one was the result of an RMA), and now this POS. I'm not even sure if I care.

I should have just brought the 800D and foregone the 6950.
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30 Jun 2011   #14
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Terronium 12,
You've just hit the nail on it's head. As a high end Mountain Biking shop had displayed under their glass case "Give in to Temptation". It's been my experience that waiting just a little bit longer or even quite a bit longer for quality always pays dividends. But being that computer parts are changing so quickly it's easy to feel in short order like you've been left behind, this is why I tell people invest in a banging spot on case and PSU first as they will be the under pinning of many other component changes. That being said the HAF-X is a fine case and will make a great case for someone later when you finally "give in to temptation" and get the case you actually wanted ! Last point is, I say these words but don't always follow them myself as I too wanted the 800D when it first hit and just couldn't wrap my financial head around it......but now it's all too clear to me and it will be mine...."O' Yes You Will Be Mine" !
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30 Jun 2011   #15
Terronium 12

Windows 10 Technical Preview - x64
 
 

You also hit the nail on it's head. CM's online (forum) support blows. Brought the problem to their attention, a moderator asked where I was located and whether or not I could provide pictorial proof of the problem and I obliged. Twelve hours later (that seems to be the window for getting a response; 12-24 hours...on a forum) the next response isn't to acknowledge the problem or offer any kind of worthwhile information, no, the next question is "Where are you located?"

After having already answered "NYC". Is this a joke or something, are they trying my patience on purpose? Doesn't matter because I don't even want a replacement or anything to do with them anymore. One bad experience is all it takes sometimes.
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02 Jul 2011   #16
Terronium 12

Windows 10 Technical Preview - x64
 
 

So, late responses and all, we've come to the point where I can RMA, but in order to do that RMA...shipping is going to cost me $52.65. And I'm thinking "No way!" because that's just scandalous.

I do have a question though: by creating an RMA return label via Newegg, is UPS notified to come and pick it up, or do I have to contact them myself?
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02 Jul 2011   #17
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

UPS won't pick up without charging a fee or if you already have a UPS account so you'ld be advised to find a ups pick up point and drive the case to them for pick up.
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02 Jul 2011   #18
Terronium 12

Windows 10 Technical Preview - x64
 
 

I do have a UPS account. Does that change anything?

I ask because I've never really had to return anything other than the X2's before, and I don't wanna be bouncing off of the wall scratching my head. That's if I decide to even part with the money being asked.
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02 Jul 2011   #19
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Corsair 600T is is my recommendation. Friend recently upgraded his Antec P180 to a new rig in the Corsair 600T and the 600T is bigger than the P180 was.
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02 Jul 2011   #20
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm stunned that they are asking you to pay for the shipping, or at the least give you their volume discount. How about the place where you ordered this case most will ship and handle the return if it's under 30 days. Oh and yes it is good you have a UPS account as they will at least pick up without a fee from an account holder.
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