my new case: BLUE AZTEC (pictures and comparison)

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Hi all!

desided to write up my new Case upgrade and comparisson!

-got great deal and bought BRAND NEW ANTEC 1200 (boxed/all acessories) for £50 + 2GB RAM ~ £65-£70 TOTAL!
-that's the reason of upgrade, if did not have chance to get for such bargain, would use previous case for a while as it is good case: about it later!

-so previous case was THERMALTAKE DV1000 series!

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SPECS is in sign,
basicly placed all stuff from Thermaltake to Antec!

PROCESS:

1st step: empty the case-

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2nd step: re-upplied thermal paste (cpu)

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3rd step: placed PSU to antec!

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4th step: as I use only 1 HDD, I removed 2 hdd racks (total 3) off fans to free up space and maybe improve bit of intake air flow.

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5th step: placed front panel cables/ 6x cables of fans and PSU cables behind motherboard tray/side panel!

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6th step: placed all components

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7th step: started to play with cables inside and behind m/b tray, took a long time, as tried to hide as many cables as possible.

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as said in step 3. only 1 hdd rack... saves space and improves intake air flow:

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when finished had problem with POWER BUTTON- Pc was not turning on, but problem was solved: see dedicated thread:
http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18059398

AND LATER:

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COMPARISON:you get what yo pay!

Thermaltake is smaller as midi-tower and without cable management!
In theory! I disovered, that side panel removes by two screws and there's bit of place to hide cables.
I have silencer PSU which has many-many cables..and could not hide about 70% of cables (but didn't know about side panel)...was hidinng on top of PSU, behind motherboard an everywhere where could.
Loved front door and dost filters where suplied!
In Overal was happy with case, got it for £65..for the price It has everything what mid-tower case requires.

aZtec is about 10-13cm higher and of course more room inside and easier to play with, love back cable management and very little cables inside.
Like blue led fans...
having inside all components there are still plenty of room for future upgrades: watercooling, 2nd card, etc.
from now, my cases will be only FULL TOWER..but sure, you pay +£150

few issues that found:
-when I removed TOP bazzel, broke all 6 tabs, despite was not pulling hard!
-on window (side panel).. those plastic "screws" (see picture above) are very dodgy...while removed metal mesh side panel broke 5 of them

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other than that it is superb case, especially for £50, very happy:

Finally,,,inside look (same components)

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thanks for your time
 
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Thanks for comments!

Big Waine...can't be bothered now, as Case is under table anyway :)
 

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great job

i can't do mine to that, powersupply has too many cables and they are pretty thick with stupid barrel things on the wires not sure what they do, saying that I don't think I can braid mine as the wires are in plastic things litery
 
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thanks. I appreciate it.

Superewza: Yes, coolermaster Z600, but I have one fan on it. did not see with/without fan difference when CPU on stock, but forget to check temps when OC anabled
 
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Good review. Did you not find fitting of hdd's a pain, I have 3 hdd and 1 ssd and its a right pain removing the cases/fan assemblies and then a dozen screws, only downer on it for me :)
 
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Thank to all


BLOCKER - guy was selling for £110, he agreed after couple days
 
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Good review. Did you not find fitting of hdd's a pain, I have 3 hdd and 1 ssd and its a right pain removing the cases/fan assemblies and then a dozen screws, only downer on it for me :)

Yesterday was first day when I desided to clean properly of dust inside, removed all fans, etc. etc. ... took about 2 hours
 
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