Solved NZXT switch 810 or Haf-X

April 5, 2012 at 03:15:04
Specs: Windows 7
I have a choice between the Haf-X or the black NZXT switch 810 chasis but the only thing i need to know is which one is better in terms of expand-ability, air-flow, and features. My build is completely air cooled and they both seem good but each have different features that i could use.

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April 5, 2012 at 07:46:44
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My opinion is that neither case is ideal because the power supplies are bottom mounted. There is much debate about this issue. One fact remains. Heat rises. The PSU can add additional heat to the inside of the case while will do little to help cool the case.

It also appears from the manufacturers information that the NZXT is designed for water cooling.

If you insist on getting a bottom PSU case be sure to get a PSU with long enough leads.

I don't know where the folks designing these cases get their ideas from. The HAF-X has vents all over the place. I can't see how there can possibly be smooth air flow in that case. My theory is they put all that crap in there to justify the high prices.

All that is needed to keep things cool is a full tower with a top mounted PSU with at least one large discharge fan in it AND a rear discharge fan. Bigger is better with the rear case fan. Larger diameter can move more air at slower RPMs which means quieter.

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April 5, 2012 at 09:49:59
Excellent advice from OtheHill, as usual ;-)

How about something like this:

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April 6, 2012 at 03:07:04
Well then thanks guys i figured i might as well go for silverstone RV02

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April 6, 2012 at 05:57:15
Well, I don't know what help I was. You are going even further off the deep end with that case. I can't even tell where the PSU mounts. All the normally rear cable connections appear to be on the top under a lid that doesn't appear to be high enough for monitor connections.

Do you like to spend money? All those fans are going to be really noisy.

To sum it up that is the weirdest case I ever saw. As I stated above, seems like manufacturers are coming up with gimmicks in order to charge too much.

I would never pay that much for a bare case. I would rather spend the cash on the inside.

I am curious about your intended PSU.

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April 6, 2012 at 12:31:09
"i figured i might as well go for silverstone RV02"

That definitely is an oddball of a case. The motherboard is installed thru the right side of the case rather than the left (when viewed from the front) plus it's spun 90 degrees so that the I/O plate is at the top of the case. That means the connections to all cards (video for example) are at the top rather than the rear. That makes for some funky cabling with sharp bends.

The PSU is mounted in the upper rear of the case, but it's also spun 90 degrees so that it's intake fan aligns with a grille in the back of the case. The cables point downward & the exhaust goes out the top. That means the PSU power switch at the top, underneath the top cover of the case.

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No thank you.

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