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Case Mod - In Progress Bitfenix Ghost Mid Tower Build Log

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by WordTech Reviews, 21 May 2014.

  1. WordTech Reviews

    WordTech Reviews What's a Dremel?

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    Bitfenix gave us at WordTechReviews.com their Bitfenix Ghost case for a review and build log. So we built a computer in it to see what we liked at what we didn't. Spoiler there wasn't much we didn't like.

    Here are the specs that we put into the case:

    • AMD FX-8150 8-Core CPU @ 4.5GHz
    • AMD Radeon HD 7970 XFX Double Dissipation Cooler
    • ASRock 970 Extreme4 Motherboard
    • 16GB G.SKILL Sniper RAM @ 1600MT/s
    • Rosewill Lightning 1000W Power Supply
    • NZXT Kraken X60 All-In-One
    • Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
    • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    • Bitfenic Spectre Pro Green LED 140mm fan
    • Rosewill SATA 6Gbps Controller
    • ASUS Blu-Ray Burner


    Build Log:

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    Starting with the empty case we have some high quality cables, thankfully they are all either red or black, rather than rainbow colors like some cases, showing Bitfenix’s attention to detail. There is also a massive cutout for CPU water block mounting hardware.

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    First off we installed our Bitfenix Spectre Pro 140mm Green LED fan in the front of the case, then we moved the 120mm Bitfenix Spectre (included with the case) to the bottom fan mount.

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    Next we got our motherboard and CPU installed, we didn’t actually have the correct risers for the motherboard so it’s raised up a little too high, no big deal though we just couldn’t put the rear I/O label plate on. Note that this is not the fault of the case in anyway.

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    The NZXT Kraken X60 280mm Liquid Cooler was extremely easy to install, we did have to take out the rear 120mm fan to actually mount the massive radiator, but the rear fan still fits on once the radiator is installed. We also had plenty of room behind the motherboard for cable routing.

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    The fans for the Kraken X60 liquid cooler were very easy to install and fit almost perfectly, we did actually have to put a small rubber pad under one of the fans in the corner to keep it from hitting the mounting bracket. Although the fan frame itself was a bit bent due to previous mounting decisions, so the pad just helped keep the fan level.

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    The G. Skill Sniper series RAM we decided to install fit perfectly and even matched the build nicely.

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    Installing the AMD Radeon 7970 XFX Double D GPU was a breeze, although we did have to use a larger screw than we would like, this was due to our risers being too large. Once again this is not wrong sizing on the case itself just our risers.

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    We were surprised to find out just how well the large Rosewill Lightning 1000w PSU ended up fitting in this case. It did cover our 140mm bottom fan mounts but that’s to be expected with a PSU over 7 inches long. The grommets for PSU cables were in just the right places so we could move all the cables to the back side giving us a nice clean look. We also ended up removing the SATA controller towards the top of the PSU, it didn't end up getting used.

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    Next we installed the Asus Blu-Ray burner we had, we were forced to install it into the lowest 5.25″ bay due to our liquid cooling pipes from the massive NZXT Kraken X60. Although, this also ended up making cable routing even easier for the 5.25″ drive.

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    Installing our 1TB Seagate HDD and 256GB Samsung SSD was extraordinarily easy. We just had to click the drives into the hot swap brackets and then slide them into the chassis. The dedicated SSD cage is definitely a plus for this case, it allows longer length GPU’s to be installed. The bottom 120mm Bitfenix Spectre fan was a bit of a squeeze to install next to our massive PSU, but the extra intake air is great to have.

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    We routed all the cables around to the backside, then started working on laying out the cable management. There are some really nice channels to route the cables around the edges of the case. Routing cables was always a breeze, whether it was through grommets, behind the motherboard, or anywhere else.

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    We finally finished the cable management, and so far it looks good, of course the back isn't going to look as good as the frontside, but we did a fairly good job of organization. There were a lot of tie down loops in the center of the case. Although our biggest complaint is that there weren't enough tie down behind the motherboard and along the right column. we wish some were also on the back panel under the motherboard so we could tie down extra cables there. The channel on the right side was big enough for us to put a few thick cables in it and route them up towards the motherboard.

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    Here is the final project finished completely with all the cables routed. It’s looking very clean for a mid tower with so much inside, and all the grommets sure helped with clean cable routing.

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    The final image of our completely project. The case is just so sleek it’s incredible!

    Conclusion:

    Pros:

    • Silence optimized
    • Clean look
    • Lots of expansion
    • Multitude of fan options

    Cons:

    • Not enough cable tie downs on back half of the case
    • Not enough space for cable managing the 24-pin with sound dampening padding without some force putting the side panel on
    • No side panel window option (I know it wouldn't be as quiet)

    Overall this is a great mid-tower case for about $100 depending on where you buy it from. Of course there were a few things that seemed like they were overlooked, but for someone who wants a PC that is practically silent, this should definitely be on your list of cases to look at.
     
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  2. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. Just a couple of things:

    I've moved your thread from Hardware to Project Logs as it's more suited here

    Please resize some of your images as they're far too big - we don't need a 13MP pic of the rear of a PSU

    Links to your own site are against the rules

    Thanks

    GK
     
  3. WordTech Reviews

    WordTech Reviews What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you for your help, and I have resized the pictures as you said for the post.
     
  4. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    George, I don't see any modding. This is just a PC build. Are you sure it should be in the modding section?
     

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