Winter Makeover NZXT Phantom
Hello everyone , I hope that you are all well and here is wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

My current Specs :

Intel Core i7 Quad Core 960 @ 3.33 GHz D0 Stepping ( 6.4 GT/s )
Corsair H 50 Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler - CWCH50-1
EVGA X58 3 Way Classified Motherboard - 141-BL-E760-A1
Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 12GB (3 x 4GB) 9-9-9-27 1T 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Mhz @ 1.5 V
EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP FTW 1792 MB - Core @ 684 Mhz , Memory @ 2160 MHz , Shader @ 1476 MHz - Quad SLI
Patriot Inferno 60GB 2.5" Sata II Solid State Drive SSD x 2 Raid 0 ( HDD 0 )
WD 80 GB Velociraptor x 4 ( 300 GB ) 10 K HDD's Raid 0 ( Games and Apps )
WD Extreme Lighted External 250 GB HDD ( Back up and storage )
Creative X-Fi Titanium Sound Card
Klipsh ProMedia 2.1 THX - 200 Watt Speakers - Dolby Digital Live
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Modular P/S
Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition 64 Bit ( Steve Ballmer ) ASUS 26" Monitor DVI

Recently I had a little extra cash and decided to do a make over on my existing rig , I did some research and found that the Phantom from NZXT was getting pretty good reviews and was priced reasonably . I picked one up and was pleasantly surprised with the overall looks , cable management , quality and overall functionality of the case . Though my girlfriend was hooked on the Ferrari Red one , I purchased the black one , for $123.95 shipped from Directron

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/003-3.jpg[/img]
Front view

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/100_0411.jpg[/img]

Side w / cover off

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/004-2.jpg[/img]

Cable management with this case , was a pleasure .

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/100_0416.jpg[/img]

I can't believe the prices of DDR3 these days , looks like DDR 5 is right around the corner , so I picked up 12 GB of Mushkin Blackline for $64 shipped from Newegg .

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/100_0399.jpg[/img]

I couldn't wait till my other parts came in so I installed it in my old setup .One thing I noticed is the new spec for DDR3 is it runs at 1.5 volts which seems to be pretty common .

I also got lucky and picked up two 60 Gb Patriot inferno SSD's for $65 a piece from Memory Lane . Whoot on this upgrade .

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/wpid-patriot-inferno-ssd-60gb-foto-pcwelt-.jpg[/img]

At a little over $1 a GB I couldn't go wrong ...

Preliminary Benchmarks using HD Tune :

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/HDTuneReadSSDRaid0.png[/img]

I notice that compared to the VR Raid 0 they fall flat at first , with a burst rate 4495.7 mb/sec read and CPU usage at 3.3 % and an average of 516.2 mb/sec
These particular drives are Sandforce . .

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/HDTuneReadVRRaid0.png[/img]

I am still pleasantly surprised with my VR setup , with a burst rate of 4473.7 mb.sec with just 2.6% CPU usage and an average of 392.8 mb/sec .
Access time with the SSD's are much better .

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/HDTuneWDExtremeRead.png[/img]

Wow I was pleasantly unimpressed with the performance of my backup drive , but , thought I would include it for good measure .

Hopefully , when the economy picks up here ( LOL ) I will be able to pick up some more advanced graphics cards , as the ones I want are still out of my reach , I did some research into the 550 ti's , agree they have DX11 but are lacking the raw power of my current setup , as it still plays beautifully , but after seeing the Demo for BF 3 , I got ants in my pants now , lols , Are we ever really satisfied ? probably not ! They keep showing me a hole . As I said before Happy Holidays everyone and thanks for watching .
Hello everyone , I hope that you are all well and here is wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .



My current Specs :



Intel Core i7 Quad Core 960 @ 3.33 GHz D0 Stepping ( 6.4 GT/s )

Corsair H 50 Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler - CWCH50-1

EVGA X58 3 Way Classified Motherboard - 141-BL-E760-A1

Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 12GB (3 x 4GB) 9-9-9-27 1T 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Mhz @ 1.5 V

EVGA GTX 295 CO-OP FTW 1792 MB - Core @ 684 Mhz , Memory @ 2160 MHz , Shader @ 1476 MHz - Quad SLI

Patriot Inferno 60GB 2.5" Sata II Solid State Drive SSD x 2 Raid 0 ( HDD 0 )

WD 80 GB Velociraptor x 4 ( 300 GB ) 10 K HDD's Raid 0 ( Games and Apps )

WD Extreme Lighted External 250 GB HDD ( Back up and storage )

Creative X-Fi Titanium Sound Card

Klipsh ProMedia 2.1 THX - 200 Watt Speakers - Dolby Digital Live

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W Modular P/S

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition 64 Bit ( Steve Ballmer ) ASUS 26" Monitor DVI



Recently I had a little extra cash and decided to do a make over on my existing rig , I did some research and found that the Phantom from NZXT was getting pretty good reviews and was priced reasonably . I picked one up and was pleasantly surprised with the overall looks , cable management , quality and overall functionality of the case . Though my girlfriend was hooked on the Ferrari Red one , I purchased the black one , for $123.95 shipped from Directron



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Front view



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Side w / cover off



Image



Cable management with this case , was a pleasure .



Image



I can't believe the prices of DDR3 these days , looks like DDR 5 is right around the corner , so I picked up 12 GB of Mushkin Blackline for $64 shipped from Newegg .



Image



I couldn't wait till my other parts came in so I installed it in my old setup .One thing I noticed is the new spec for DDR3 is it runs at 1.5 volts which seems to be pretty common .



I also got lucky and picked up two 60 Gb Patriot inferno SSD's for $65 a piece from Memory Lane . Whoot on this upgrade .



Image



At a little over $1 a GB I couldn't go wrong ...



Preliminary Benchmarks using HD Tune :



Image



I notice that compared to the VR Raid 0 they fall flat at first , with a burst rate 4495.7 mb/sec read and CPU usage at 3.3 % and an average of 516.2 mb/sec

These particular drives are Sandforce . .



Image



I am still pleasantly surprised with my VR setup , with a burst rate of 4473.7 mb.sec with just 2.6% CPU usage and an average of 392.8 mb/sec .

Access time with the SSD's are much better .



Image



Wow I was pleasantly unimpressed with the performance of my backup drive , but , thought I would include it for good measure .



Hopefully , when the economy picks up here ( LOL ) I will be able to pick up some more advanced graphics cards , as the ones I want are still out of my reach , I did some research into the 550 ti's , agree they have DX11 but are lacking the raw power of my current setup , as it still plays beautifully , but after seeing the Demo for BF 3 , I got ants in my pants now , lols , Are we ever really satisfied ? probably not ! They keep showing me a hole . As I said before Happy Holidays everyone and thanks for watching .

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#1
Posted 12/17/2011 02:07 PM   
Nice RIG bro!!...I love the Phantom case! It would've been better if you've added a higher series video card!
Nice RIG bro!!...I love the Phantom case! It would've been better if you've added a higher series video card!
Agree about the graphics cards , those damn high end 5 series cards are pretty pricey , lols . Thx .
Agree about the graphics cards , those damn high end 5 series cards are pretty pricey , lols . Thx .

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#3
Posted 12/17/2011 04:42 PM   
Nice... another Phantom :) I got the newegg edition... I love the wire management and it is so roomy
Nice... another Phantom :) I got the newegg edition... I love the wire management and it is so roomy

Case: NZXT Phantom Newegg Edition w/side window panel

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

CPU: Intel Core I7 2600K @ 4.8ghz

HSF: Noctua NH-D14 w/Artic Silver 5

Ram: G.Skill 16GB RipJaw X(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24-2N

PSU: Tuniq Ripper 1000w

GPU: PNY GTX 580/MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozn II SLI

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB

HDD: WD Velociraptor 300GB (Storage)/WD Caviar Black 500GB (Storage)

Drive 1: LG DVD-r DVD burner w/lightscribe

Drive 2: Lite On Bluray DVD

Os: Windows 7 Premium 64-bits

Keyboard/Mouse/Pad: Logitech G19/Logitech G9x/Razer Vespula

Displays: 30" Apple Cinema Display 2560x1600 & 28" Hanns-G HH281 1920x1200

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1

Headphones: Beats By Dre Pro

Webcam: Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF

#4
Posted 12/22/2011 04:08 AM   
[quote name='bkngo' date='21 December 2011 - 09:08 PM' timestamp='1324526901' post='1345623']
Nice... another Phantom :) I got the newegg edition... I love the wire management and it is so roomy
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Same here , the thought that went into the Phantom is a wonderful thing , right down to the screws ie hardware that comes with it , for a great price ! Love the case ! , I seen yours posted in the pics section , very nice !
[quote name='bkngo' date='21 December 2011 - 09:08 PM' timestamp='1324526901' post='1345623']

Nice... another Phantom :) I got the newegg edition... I love the wire management and it is so roomy





Same here , the thought that went into the Phantom is a wonderful thing , right down to the screws ie hardware that comes with it , for a great price ! Love the case ! , I seen yours posted in the pics section , very nice !

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#5
Posted 12/24/2011 04:09 AM   
thnx stalker1... I agree it was a great price and very functional case. I read a handful of reviews and no had anything bad to say about this case.
thnx stalker1... I agree it was a great price and very functional case. I read a handful of reviews and no had anything bad to say about this case.

Case: NZXT Phantom Newegg Edition w/side window panel

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

CPU: Intel Core I7 2600K @ 4.8ghz

HSF: Noctua NH-D14 w/Artic Silver 5

Ram: G.Skill 16GB RipJaw X(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24-2N

PSU: Tuniq Ripper 1000w

GPU: PNY GTX 580/MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozn II SLI

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB

HDD: WD Velociraptor 300GB (Storage)/WD Caviar Black 500GB (Storage)

Drive 1: LG DVD-r DVD burner w/lightscribe

Drive 2: Lite On Bluray DVD

Os: Windows 7 Premium 64-bits

Keyboard/Mouse/Pad: Logitech G19/Logitech G9x/Razer Vespula

Displays: 30" Apple Cinema Display 2560x1600 & 28" Hanns-G HH281 1920x1200

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1

Headphones: Beats By Dre Pro

Webcam: Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF

#6
Posted 12/24/2011 11:37 PM   
Hey everyone , my rig is always a work in progress , I have added a second graphics card and now have Quad SLI , runs pretty good without the tessellation of DX11 , all in all not a bad upgrade for the price . /teehee.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':teehee:' />

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/002-2.jpg[/img]

Under the hood ... Quad SLI

[img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll121/darryleshelly/003-4.jpg[/img]

Sound activated lights are pretty cool ...
Hey everyone , my rig is always a work in progress , I have added a second graphics card and now have Quad SLI , runs pretty good without the tessellation of DX11 , all in all not a bad upgrade for the price . /teehee.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':teehee:' />



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Under the hood ... Quad SLI



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Sound activated lights are pretty cool ...

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#7
Posted 01/22/2012 09:58 AM   
looks sick /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
looks sick /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

Case: NZXT Phantom Newegg Edition w/side window panel

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

CPU: Intel Core I7 2600K @ 4.8ghz

HSF: Noctua NH-D14 w/Artic Silver 5

Ram: G.Skill 16GB RipJaw X(4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24-2N

PSU: Tuniq Ripper 1000w

GPU: PNY GTX 580/MSI GTX 580 Twin Frozn II SLI

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB

HDD: WD Velociraptor 300GB (Storage)/WD Caviar Black 500GB (Storage)

Drive 1: LG DVD-r DVD burner w/lightscribe

Drive 2: Lite On Bluray DVD

Os: Windows 7 Premium 64-bits

Keyboard/Mouse/Pad: Logitech G19/Logitech G9x/Razer Vespula

Displays: 30" Apple Cinema Display 2560x1600 & 28" Hanns-G HH281 1920x1200

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1

Headphones: Beats By Dre Pro

Webcam: Logitech Quickcam Orbit AF

#8
Posted 01/31/2012 01:44 AM   
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