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May 30, 2012 8:36:06 PM

-Should I buy more case fans for the HAF X or is the default amount fine? If no, what brand of case fans are the best?
-What fan "configurations" is optimal for airflow?
-What is a good fan controller for the HAF X?
-How many drive bays does the HAF X have in total? Can it fit the following?
1 5.25 Fan Controller
1 5.25 CD/DVD Reader/Burner
2 2.25 SSDs
1 2.25 Hybrid HDD/SDD
2 3.5 SDDs
-Can the HAF X fit most Z77 ATX/E-ATX/XL-ATX motherboards?
-Can the HAF X hold the 3770k and Noctua NH-D14?
-Can the HAF X hold 2x GTX 680s in SLI?

Another off topic question: What can be put into 5.25 bays other than hard drives, fan controllers and DVD burners?

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May 30, 2012 9:05:24 PM

thats a lot of questions :D 

had a haf x and swapped it for the coolermaster storm trooper

better case in my opinion and was £30 cheaper than the haf x to boot

tells you here how many drive bays available

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=66...

the default fans are pretty ok

takes Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / XL-ATX motherboards

Noctua NH-D14 fits in it

Can the HAF X hold 2x GTX 680s in SLI--yes

good fan controller--also can be turned to different colours to match the case fans--red with the haf x

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illu...



May 30, 2012 9:06:47 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
thats a lot of questions :D 

had a haf x and swapped it for the coolermaster storm trooper

better case in my opinion and was £30 cheaper than the haf x to boot

tells you here how many drive bays available

http://www.coolermaster.co.uk/product.php?product_id=66...

the default fans are pretty ok

takes Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / XL-ATX motherboards

Noctua NH-D14 fits in it

Can the HAF X hold 2x GTX 680s in SLI--yes

good fan controller--also can be turned to different colours to match the case fans--red with the haf x

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illu...

To you, what makes the Storm Trooper better?
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May 30, 2012 9:15:12 PM

bigger cpu cut out size,

built in fan controller,

on / off led switch

bigger inside dimensions for radiators

handy drawer at the bottom to keep screws etc

far , far better cable management--this is the tidiest build i have ever done and my cable management skills are terrible

i think its appearance is better than the haf x

got a rubberised finish so doesnt get covered in fingerprints

handle for lifting it--surprisingly usefull

price--it was £30 cheaper
May 30, 2012 9:20:40 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
bigger cpu cut out size,

built in fan controller,

on / off led switch

bigger inside dimensions for radiators

handy drawer at the bottom to keep screws etc

far , far better cable management--this is the tidiest build i have ever done and my cable management skills are terrible

i think its appearance is better than the haf x

got a rubberised finish so doesnt get covered in fingerprints

handle for lifting it--surprisingly usefull

price--it was £30 cheaper

-What would a bigger CPU cut out size do?
-How does the Storm Trooper's airflow compare with the HAF X's?
-Which has more drive bays?
-Which case is bigger?
May 30, 2012 9:27:51 PM

bigger cpu cutout lets you install or replace the cpu cooler with the motherboard in the case

with the haf x some heatsinks had 2 of the screws covered so you couldnt do it

airflow about the same

storm trooper has far more drive bays--if i remember right it can take 8 x 3.5 hard drives and 4 x 2.5 ssd plus one 2.5 or ssd in the hot plug bay at the top

storm trooper is slightly bigger

heres my build--bearing in mind its not a modular psu and my cable tidying skills really are atrocious

http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/sto...
May 30, 2012 9:33:45 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
bigger cpu cutout lets you install or replace the cpu cooler with the motherboard in the case

with the haf x some heatsinks had 2 of the screws covered so you couldnt do it

airflow about the same

storm trooper has far more drive bays--if i remember right it can take 8 x 3.5 hard drives and 4 x 2.5 ssd plus one 2.5 or ssd in the hot plug bay at the top

storm trooper is slightly bigger

heres my build--bearing in mind its not a modular psu and my cable tidying skills really are atrocious

http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/sto...

Since you have the storm trooper:
-Did you add any new fans or did you keep the default?
-What's your fan configuration?
-What size is your mobo?
-How hot or cold does your GPU (GTX 570?) run on load?
-How many fans can the build in controller control?
-Can the Noctua fit inside the storm trooper with the 3770k?
May 30, 2012 9:46:00 PM

i added 2 x 120mm silverstone air penetrators with red leds on the side panel

came with

2 x 120mm intake front--the hard drive bays that hold these can be rotated as well

1 x 200mm exhaust top

and a 120mm or 140mm rear-- iremoved the rear fan and fitted a corsair h80 there

standard atx motherboard

cant remember the gtx570 temperatures but they were pretty low--its an asus direct cu so really good cooler on it even though i am overclocking it to 850mhz and 4600mhz memory

think the built in controller does 4 fans but i added the controller i linked earlier for more precise control as the built in one only does low/medium/high

noctua will fit in ok

May 30, 2012 9:53:25 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
i added 2 x 120mm silverstone air penetrators with red leds on the side panel

came with

2 x 120mm intake front--the hard drive bays that hold these can be rotated as well

1 x 200mm exhaust top

and a 120mm or 140mm rear-- iremoved the rear fan and fitted a corsair h80 there

standard atx motherboard

cant remember the gtx570 temperatures but they were pretty low--its an asus direct cu so really good cooler on it even though i am overclocking it to 850mhz and 4600mhz memory

think the built in controller does 4 fans but i added the controller i linked earlier for more precise control as the built in one only does low/medium/high

noctua will fit in ok

Would it be a good idea (if I were to get the Trooper) to use a third party fan controller instead of the built in one?
May 30, 2012 9:58:02 PM

i only did it for a couple of reasons

i am also using it to control the 2 x 120mm fans on my corsair h80 radiator--so 6 fans in total

cos i am controlling the h80 fans i wanted precise control not just low/medium/high

and it looked good as the controller leds are red to match the case fans

just ran a graphics benchmark--55c with the fans at 40% on the card
May 30, 2012 10:20:56 PM

Which fan controller did you use?
Also, this may sound stupid, but on the Storm Trooper, is it easy to accidentally hit the power button?
May 30, 2012 10:33:28 PM

this one

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illu...

not the cheapest but have had cheap controllers conk out on me before

this can take a ridiculous 50w per channel so should handle whatever i throw at it

looks perfect in the trooper as well


http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/sto...


http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/sto...

http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/air...

not very good photos though as only had my phone handy
May 30, 2012 10:36:29 PM

I have a HAF X and Noctua DH 14 cooler and confirm that it fits nicely.
May 30, 2012 10:41:54 PM

What size fan(s) can be added onto the trooper and where?
May 30, 2012 10:43:04 PM

nice to hear from some one whos got the dh14 in one just to confirm it fits--and the trooper is 20mm wider so no problems
May 30, 2012 10:45:20 PM

Top: comes with 200 mm fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 23 dBA can be converted to 2 x 120 / 140 mm fan

Side: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)

Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)--though need to remove the 4 x ssd bay to get 2nd one in
May 30, 2012 10:46:16 PM

So adding a 120mm on the side won't affect anything else, right?
May 30, 2012 10:52:00 PM

no it shouldnt do--i added 2

though i dont have a huge heatsink i still think you can fit the fans on the side panel ok

got to go off now

but read a few reviews and you should find its recommended as better than the haf x

once the side fans are on it cools just as well--without them a few degrees higher

heres one review to go with

http://www.techspot.com/review/461-cooler-master-storm-...
May 30, 2012 11:10:49 PM

-I have a carpet, will the "feet" on the bottom of the Trooper make it prone to falling?
-Is the power button on the trooper easy to accidentally hit with your leg or something?
May 31, 2012 7:26:59 AM

no--mines on the carpet-- its not going anywhere its a solid lump of case

cant see how --i have never managed it--neither has the cat which is probably a better test :D 
July 17, 2012 7:42:38 AM

bwrlane said:
I have a HAF X and Noctua DH 14 cooler and confirm that it fits nicely.


How do you have yours arranged? I am trying to figure out the best arrangement. Currently have mine blowing towards the top. I moved my GTX 670 down a couple of slots because it was heating up the cpu almost 10 degrees C. Was thinking about trying it with the back fan blowing in and the cooler blowing towards the front. I have 2 very large fans in top blowing out, rear blowing out and side blowing in but maybe there is a better way? Thought also about blowing the side out instead of in to suck the gpu heat out.
July 17, 2012 8:02:36 AM

You want the fans pointing toward the exhaust fan.
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