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DaMightyMouse 31st October 2008, 08:55 Quote
This case looks awesome its just the price tag thats a little out of my range. I got my Haf 932 for about 100 pounds here in South Africa which translates to about 1.6K rands if I had to go for this ATCS it would translate to about 3k rands ... ouch
DaMightyMouse 31st October 2008, 08:57 Quote
I was wondering if there is any way to add dust filters to the HAF?
Tim S 31st October 2008, 08:59 Quote
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I was wondering if there is any way to add dust filters to the HAF?

You could definitely mod your own in... I don't know what works these days, but back in the day I used women's tights/stockings and they worked very well (although you'll get a strange look when you buy them from your local store). You don't want thick tights... they need to be as fine as possible ideally. Then you literally just cut pieces and stretch them over the fans, using electrician's tape to secure them in place. I'm sure there are better options than this, as well, but that's just one for starters. :)
The boy 4rm oz 31st October 2008, 09:05 Quote
Now that's a case with potential. A very worthy blank canvas.
Tim S 31st October 2008, 09:08 Quote
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Now that's a case with potential. A very worthy blank canvas.

It made me want to dust off my tools and get back into modding again! I think there's massive potential for some of the PC60-esq mods (and Cyprio's Apple G5 mod) to be done to this - it's a good looker to start with so you'd want to keep that intact... merely add to the design and enhance it. :)
badders 31st October 2008, 09:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
You could definitely mod your own in... I don't know what works these days, but back in the day I used women's tights/stockings and they worked very well (although you'll get a strange look when you buy them from your local store). You don't want thick tights... they need to be as fine as possible ideally. Then you literally just cut pieces and stretch them over the fans, using electrician's tape to secure them in place. I'm sure there are better options than this, as well, but that's just one for starters. :)

Tumble dryer sheets :D
DaMightyMouse 31st October 2008, 09:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by DaMightyMouse
I was wondering if there is any way to add dust filters to the HAF?

You could definitely mod your own in... I don't know what works these days, but back in the day I used women's tights/stockings and they worked very well (although you'll get a strange look when you buy them from your local store). You don't want thick tights... they need to be as fine as possible ideally. Then you literally just cut pieces and stretch them over the fans, using electrician's tape to secure them in place. I'm sure there are better options than this, as well, but that's just one for starters. :)

Time to raid my girl friend's closet hehehehe :)
Kúsař 31st October 2008, 09:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
...A certain highly anticipated case arrived in the office today - I did a little dance to celebrate.

Now that's Case!
Given the great results & rating I bet a celebration feast took place once review was written.
StephenK 31st October 2008, 09:48 Quote
Any thoughts on increasing the air cooling performance? Although this looks like an opportunity for me to try my hand a watercooling maybe :)

A truly top quality case though. Beautiful :)
Baz 31st October 2008, 09:54 Quote
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Any thoughts on increasing the air cooling performance? Although this looks like an opportunity for me to try my hand a watercooling maybe :)

A truly top quality case though. Beautiful :)

It certainly seems that cases with side panel intakes get a huge boost in air cooling performance - the HAF 932 and the akasa Omega both use this to good effect. Cut a 230mm blow hole into that nice big side panel and i'm sure you'd see temperatures better than those we say in HAF 932.
Bauul 31st October 2008, 10:06 Quote
That's all very well... but how did it perform in the Martin test?
Bindibadgi 31st October 2008, 10:10 Quote
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That's all very well... but how did it perform in the Martin test?

Not bad, the button is nice with an excellent click, however there's lots of wiggle that lets it down. It's a solid 8/10
kenco_uk 31st October 2008, 10:28 Quote
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drawing heat directly off of, or blowing cool air directly onto

Please don't use 'off of' - it sounds like 'offal' and it ain't proper English.

If anything, it just wants to read 'off' or 'from'.

/grammerwtfnazi!1cheesecake
zr_ox 31st October 2008, 10:59 Quote
Well its been nice knowing you TJ09....

I cooling performance does not bother me much since it seems well within spec, especially since this will be much quieter than the HAF!
Baz 31st October 2008, 11:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by zr_ox
Well its been nice knowing you TJ09....

I cooling performance does not bother me much since it seems well within spec, especially since this will be much quieter than the HAF!

the two are pretty much identical in terms of noice actually - the use of low RPM 230mm fans means all you'll really hear is the air the low rush of air into and out of the case - they're both stunningly quiet.
_DTM2000_ 31st October 2008, 12:06 Quote
Awesome, I've been hoping for a Bit-Tech review of this for a while. I thought this case looked right up my street when I first saw it and I'm glad the specs on paper reflect in the actual performance. I think this will be the case I use for my new PC in 2009. I've just got to decide if I can swallow the price, it's a bit steep for my likeing but it looks like a sound investment.
Bindibadgi 31st October 2008, 12:31 Quote
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The hard drive rack is utter fail and is enough to make me go berserk. If I had to get this case I would get a BlackPearl drive rack and replace the current crappy one

? How is it fail? It's not that much different to the A1 tbh.
zr_ox 31st October 2008, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tile
The hard drive rack is utter fail and is enough to make me go berserk. If I had to get this case I would get a BlackPearl drive rack and replace the current crappy one

Sorry but STFU.......All you ever do is moan about the orientation of the HDD rack! The only thing that is an "utter fail" is your reasoning behind why this orientation is an "utter fail"!

So please please please stop!
Baz 31st October 2008, 12:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tile
The hard drive rack is utter fail and is enough to make me go berserk. If I had to get this case I would get a BlackPearl drive rack and replace the current crappy one

There is nothing wrong with the drive rack. As we've told you before, we've spoken with several representatives from case manufactuerers regarding this, and they all say the same thing - orientating the drives one way or the other makes no difference. The drive cage allows plenty of space between drives for air to move, and even has provisioning for two 120mm fans to be mounted inside.

If you have some testing or results that support your claims, then by all means present them and we'll reconsider our stance on this. Otherwise, please stop reposting the same comment over and over in case reviews - it's getting close to spam now.

Back on topic now - This is case is awesome! seriously making me want to whip out the tools and cut a window/blow hole into those side panels - they're just begging to be modded.
Almightyrastus 31st October 2008, 13:26 Quote
I have been using the very awesome ACTS-201 for many years now and I am finally seeing a case worthy of replacing that one should I get the urge. The removable tray just gives you so much more flexibility and room when fitting hardware. One thing that has constantly pleased me with the 201 was the attention to detail with the internal finishing, even the motherboard tray rails had the corners polished off to stop you catching yourself on them. Is the same level of detailing shown inside this case?

Sure it costs a fair chunk but it certainly does look worth the money.
capnPedro 31st October 2008, 13:52 Quote
Oh how I do so long for an mATX (or hell, even mid-tower) version of this case!
[USRF]Obiwan 31st October 2008, 13:57 Quote
I'm still using the LI pc70. Then i saw this case and i was like, wow thats a cool looking case. But then read how big it is, and was thinking do I really want another BIG case.

I wish the case was a little compacter then the PC70.
StephenK 31st October 2008, 14:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
It certainly seems that cases with side panel intakes get a huge boost in air cooling performance - the HAF 932 and the akasa Omega both use this to good effect. Cut a 230mm blow hole into that nice big side panel and i'm sure you'd see temperatures better than those we say in HAF 932.

Hmm. Might go for some drilled holes. Like on the side of my Mystique. At least get some air in. Cheers Baz!
E.E.L. Ambiense 31st October 2008, 14:45 Quote
Bless Cooler Master. I was hoping B-T would have a look at this sucker, I just didn't know it was going to be that quick! I'm seriously considering doing an extensive mod on one of these.
Tim S 31st October 2008, 15:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by E.E.L. Ambiense
Bless Cooler Master. I was hoping B-T would have a look at this sucker, I just didn't know it was going to be that quick! I'm seriously considering doing an extensive mod on one of these.



I can't wait to see a slew of mods based on this chassis.
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