I'm gearing up for my 2017 "Tidbits" build update. So far it's looking to only be a new case and fans until later in the year when I decide what SSD I want to get. I've gathered a list of Cases but I keep eyeing the Phanteks P400shttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811854031&cm_re=Phanteks_P400s-_-11-854-031-_-Product
It's getting hard to find a case without a side window and without the gaudy looks so many brands push (Cougar, Thermaltake...I'm looking at you.) I'm really not digging the lack of atleast 1 5.25" bay for an optical drive but I suppose I'll manage. My only real concern about the case is the front intake. I can choose to run 3x 120mm fans or 2x 140mm fans but the actual air intake looks to be rather small for such a fan setup. If you look at the pictures on newegg there is a strip on the top and bottom of the front panel that allows air in and I'm wondering if it's going to restrict the air supply for those front fans.
On the note of the front intake... I can't tell from the pictures on the product page but purportedly the bottom fan does not push any air into the 3.5" HDD bay. I have a Toshiba (Mass Storage of Media and backups) and a Seagate(Game installs) HDD that I will transfer into this case and I want to ensure they get the airflow they require.
Next up on the list are new fans. I haven't bought new fans in a very long time and it's time to change that. I'll be getting a Noctua NF-F12 PWM to go along with the one I already have to slap onto my Corsair H80i.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608026&ignorebbr=1
Now for the 2x top fans. I'm eyeing the Noctua Redux fans, the NF-P14s 1500rpm model to be exact. It's on sale cheaper than the 1200rpm model oddly enough.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608065&ignorebbr=1
Now we come to the front fans. I can either stick the H80i on the rear of the case and use 2 more NF-P14s fans on the front, or I can stick the H80i on the top front slot as an intake with 2 other NF-F12 fans. taking up the other 120mm fan slots. Problem is, I don't think the F12 is the proper fan for a basic case intake and I don't know Noctuas fan lineup well enough to know what would be a better buy.
Last up is an inexpensive External enclosure for the SATA Optical DVD combo drive I currently have. I know I can buy a USB optical drive, but I'd like to not accumulate any more crap. The closet is full gentlemen, I can't fit any more junk in it. On the off chance that there are no good drive bays to be had, I will take suggestions on a good external drives.
That should cover everything... should.
Fastfreak39: I feel like they should change the phrase "jumping on the band wagon" to "sailing on the pirate ship"