Found this on my doorstep

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Allen86
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Just opened it up and this was inside, can someone tell me what it is? ;/

Someone asked me to post a picture(s) of it after I had won it, I'll post more when I get some time to transfer my parts into it. This thing is truly massive, pictures don't do it justice when trying to size it up. I'll post a picture later of it next to my dell mid tower for comparison.

I will go on to note, it comes with USB 3.0 support. On the top USB ports (there's 2 of them), one is USB 2.0 and the other is USB 3.0. So that was pretty neat to find as I wasn't expecting it.

Thanks again Rodney, this definitely is a Kick ass product, but unfortunately, the motherboard tray is NOT removable. ;) Sorry, I had to say it! lol

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR2 800Mhz 500GB ATI HD 4850 512mb 22" LCD

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It looks like a train engine from Half-life 2.

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Allen86
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Now that I think of it, it does kind of resemble it. lol.

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Nice, enjoy it bud :)

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Allen86
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I definitely will Rodney, never imagined owning a case of this caliber so it's quite a pleasure :)

Still haven't gotten around to putting the parts in, seems I lost my screwdriver, gotta run to the store sometime and pick another one up.

I think I'm going to go ahead and just take before pictures of the inside of current tower and do a before and after comparison. I think that'll give a good idea of how this case is.

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Allen86 wrote: ...seems I lost my screwdriver, gotta run to the store sometime and pick another one up.

LOL! Here at my desk in my "home office," I have spotted three philips head, two flat-blade, a set of SAE torque wrenches, and a pair of needle nose pliers. The cabinet next to the desk probably has triple that count inside. And then there are the two tool boxes in the garage.

So either you don't have enough tools, or I'm obviously dealing with a tool fetish!

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Allen86
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It's not that I don't have tools, I just don't have a small enough Phillips that isn't stripped out and my good one I just can't find :P

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Not a bad case if you like the style. Can't go wrong with the feature list.

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I lurv my Phantom!

Allen86
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Alright, just got back from being out of town. I had took some better pictures but seems they didn't make it to my email.

So far my only con with the case itself would be only one functioning front USB port being the other one is USB 3.0 and my current board doesn't have 3.0 support. So for now, I'm stuck with just one in the front. My old dell case had 4 in the front and I really like cases with lots of front usb ports (not on the top as it makes it awkward to use em since I have it placed ontop my desk). That's about the only con I can give it though, it's probably more personal preference and I wouldn't mind it so much if I had it on the floor but its a con for me anyways, just trying to give an honest opinion.

Lightly wiping the front panel with a regular paper towel just to get some finger prints off left a bunch of micro scuffs, was kinda shocked by that. I'll likely strip it down the future and give it a fresh coat of paint after I order my gun. Not sure if the paint on the sides does the same (didn't want more little micro scuffs on it just incase), but the plastic pieces definitely leave some scuffing if you use a paper towel to wipe it with. It's not big deal, just figured I'd mention it as some people are pretty nutty about that sort of thing.

The fans are pretty silent, the only fans I can hear is my graphics card and CPU fans spinning up. They don't push much air but they push enough to keep a decent flow through the case. I'll likely be adding a 140mm to the front and cutting out the side and just putting a window as I don't think I'll ever put a 230mm fan on the side, so its just another place letting dust in, and to me,the case already has enough ventilation and has nice flow so it just seems pointless but its cool to have the option.

Working with this case is a breeze, being a full tower, your hands have alot of room to work with and installation was painless. The hard drive mount was likely the hardest part to get locked in correctly, the pins are sort of a pain to get to set in, tried several different methods and none seem to work too smoothly. However, they are nice once you get it in, they're all rubberized pins so it ensures your drives wont be making too much racket.

The fan controller switches are two speeds, low and high. Even on high you can barely hear them, but they're not high airflow fans so I wouldn't expect them to but they do push a decent amount for how quiet they are. At first I was scared I was going to break the switches on the fan controller, they don't feel too solid. Not really a con as not alot of cases come with built in fan controllers so it's nice to have it built right into the case and not taking up a drive bay.

That's pretty much all my opinions and nitpicks on it I think. I'm very pleased with it as its an excellent case; it's a pleasure to work with, has fantastic cable management and plenty of room for anything you'd need.

Temps after cleaning dust from the heatsink and installing (lol -20C idle temps):