When I first started getting into the hobbiest side of PCs, I'd open my case at least a few times a week -- in fact, it was something of a necessity because I could only get the thing to boot by clearing the CMOS on its budget Abit motherboard. Although I still count myself as a PC enthusiast, I hardly ever slide the top off my HAF XB and when I do, it's generally to clean or occasionally to troubleshoot, but rarely to upgrade.
There are many reasons why I don't tinker inside my computer as much these days, not least of which because it's simply less novel to me. I'm also pretty content with my setup as it is, so I don't really have a reason to start fixing things that aren't broken. It's the same for many of our staffers -- some of which don't even have an enthusiast-grade desktop anymore. How about you? How often do you open your case?
HAF XB image via Overclock.net
The Cooler Master HAF XB I/O panel has a large rectangular power button followed by the smaller rectangular reset button, two audio jacks and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Inside is a large amount of room under the motherboard tray considering the HAF XB only accommodates two 5.25" drives, two 3.5" drives and four 2.5" drives.
The Cooler Master HAF X is a full tower ATX case pumping some serious wind with front-mounted 230mm fan, as well as 200mm top and 140mm rear fans. If that's not enough ventilation, you can also install a 200mm side fan and a VGA fan. The HAF X is slightly bulkier than the HAF 932 and is constructed from SECC (Steel, Electrogalvanized, Cold-rolled, Coil) - a type of metal known for its low cost and high thermal conduction properties, The HAF X has four USB ports, a single Firewire and eSATA port along with two audio jacks. There are also two bright blue LEDs for hard drive activity and power.
The HAF 912 is a mid-tower ATX case only marginally narrower and shorter than the Cooler Master HAF 932 at 19" x 9" x 19.5". However the 912 deviates from previous HAF models in other ways, such as losing some of the tool-less capabilities, while picking up support for 2.5" drive mounting, a popular option of SSD use. Air flow is also somewhat reduced, with only two 120mm fans included, rather than the large 200mm ones we've grown used to seeing in the HAF series.
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