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XenoMorph

by bobbyw87

61
75 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 6, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.448 GHz

Description

My Ode to Aliens!

I had the NZXT S340 Elite, and while it was a great case, when I watched the review of this case on Hardware Canucks I knew it was time to change cases again. This thing was a dream to build in. One review I read made it sound like the front piece was plastic. It's not, it's metal, just the air vents at the top and bottom.

The Phantek Halo's plug into the Cases LED controls, and with white fan blades, looks oh so sweet!

Oh ya! First!!!! LOL

Part Reviews

Case

Price may be budget, but the case is premium in my opinion. Simple yet clean lines, small footprint light enough to take to a lane party. Phanteks put everything I could need in this case. The LED controller plus addition plugs allowed me to add and control their Halo Fan LED's. There are more in depth review out there. But trust me, you'll enjoy this case! All my components fit, and I have 5 fans two 120 mm and 3 140's in the front. This is one classy case!

Comments Sorted by:

Ridden_ 6 points 18 months ago

Ladies and gentlemen, the first build ever using the phanteks eclipse p300 (on pcpartpicker ofc) the purple led strip looks great on this one +1, i would like if you review and rate this case though.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

1ST :) LOL

Reddish_Q 2 points 17 months ago

Very beautiful looking build for a first on the P300. Good job there mate.

SebMonster1030 5 points 18 months ago

How's the new case? I know I've been waiting a while for it to come out.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 4 points 18 months ago

I like it, easy to build in, smaller desktop footprint, can't beat the price, the front piece is steal so I was able to put my NZXT S340 puck on it. :) It's a quality case I have no complaints! Plus much lighter to take to Lan Parties.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Love this case! And as you can see from my previous builds I try a lot of cases. I think this is the best so far. I love the aesthetics, plenty of space, and good price.

Wolklung 2 points 18 months ago

Looks great. Well done.

AmerK 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I've been waiting for a build in the P300 for a while. How would you rate the case overall? By the way, gorgeous build +1. I like how everything fits in snug. How are temps?

Kshitijgoel15 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Excellent build

darkxm 2 points 16 months ago

OMG this is the build I've been looking for! I love the P300, am thinking of getting it when it goes on sale. I also finally found a build that uses the phanteks halos! Also wondering - did you have any lighting in the case besides the halos, nzxt aio, and the built in rgb strip? +1

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I didn't need to add any further lighting. Everything controlled from the case controller, or via my Motherboard. This is my favorite build so far. I have no plan to replace anytime soon. I love the Halos!

Nauticale 2 points 7 months ago

How did you mount your GPU vertically? I am looking to do the same thing, but I don't know how to line the GPU bracket up with the expansion slots. Thanks!

Prunedanish 1 point 23 days ago

I have seen Cooler Master with a kit as well as Cable Mod. I was thinking about it for my son's build and was looking for feedback on which kit was used on the P300 and if there has been any issues in performance with the pcie extension or benefits from better cooling with the gpu?

KarmAngel 1 point 18 months ago

+1 Better call the Predators!

Taroxi 1 point 18 months ago

hardwarecanucks said that PSUs over 160mm may struggle to fit, that nex psu you used is 170mm I think. How did it fit? did it fit well?

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I took the drive cages out since I use M.2 drives. PS fit, but cables were tight, until I removed the drive cage. After that plenty of room. :)

Taroxi 1 point 18 months ago

dang, I really need to use those drive cages... do you think a 160mm long PSU would fit ok with the drive cages installed?

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It fits, my problem was how tight the power cable was pushing against the drive cages, it worked, but was super tight.

Amflax 1 point 17 months ago

i thought the i7 prices dropped by £100 when ryzen released

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I think Phanteks sells 3.5 inch hard drive brackets that can be attached to the rubber mounts on the back.

VibratoryGold7 1 point 17 months ago

They do sell 3.5-inch brackets, but they are not compatible with this case. They would work with the P400 or Evolv ATX. They do sell 2.5-inch brackets for this case though.

mortjonesowns 1 point 18 months ago

I was thinking of getting a GTX 1070 8GB - and i7 8700k - do you think i'll need liquid cooling for this build?

VibratoryGold7 2 points 17 months ago

Depends if you plan to overclock. If you are planning to, then definitely. Intel CPUs run very hot. If you plan to leave it at stock clocks, you should be fine with a decent air cooler like the Cryorig H7.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Liquid cooling to me is a personal choice. I love the look of this cooler, and it's working well.

DonutThing 1 point 18 months ago

Heyo, got any pictures of the cable management?

Gordep 1 point 18 months ago

Hey man love the build, just wondering what are you using to hang your headset on the front of the case and what is the program you are using to monitor your temps?

elior379 1 point 18 months ago

Excellent build! whats the name of the fans on top and in the rear? Do you think 1 stock in the rear and 1 added 120mm in the front as intake will be enough for non oc i5 8400 and zotac gtx 1060?

Have a good day!

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It's a Phanteks 120mm, PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Retail Cooling Fan PH-F120MP_BK_PWM with a Phanteks PH-FF120RGBP_BK01 Halos RGB Fan Frame High density LEDs RGB 120mm fan mounting on top, really sweet looking setup. Yes that fan setup should be plenty.

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Xenomorph,

When I read your initial reason for building in the Phanteks P300, I couldn't believe my eyes. I also have a NZXT S340 Elite; what's more, I saw Dimitri's review of the case on the Hardware Cannucks as well and immediately fell in love with it. My only problem is that I'm using a FTW3 with a push/ pull 240mm Corsair H100i v2 at the front. The GPU, fans, and radiator are so close, they have about 8mm separating them. But, since I foresee myself replacing the S340 Elite with the Phanteks P300, I wanted to ask you a few questions.

First, is there a decent amount of air that comes in from the front with the panel on? Second, what is the difference between the Lux Halo fan frames and the regular Halo fan frames? Third, does the case come with an LED strip like it's bigger brother, the P400? And finally, has the position of the fan frame on top posed a problem with your motherboard? I read that, like the S340 and the Elite variant, it's very close.

Sorry for all the questions. I really admire your build and was hoping to replicate it, only with Gentle Typhoons, a Corsair radiator, and my FTW3.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

:) All good questions. I think a good amount of air gets through due to push pull on the RAD and below the RAD I have another 140 mm fan which moves air over the graphics card. I've got the x42 Kraken, so I can do push pull. I don't think the 240 will fit if you have a long video card in a push pull setup

I'm not certain of the difference in the Lux, other than I think that on the white fan blades the color looks more dispersed, for me I compared the ascetics and really liked how it looked.

It comes with a strip that lights up the bottom near front of the case, but doesn't extend to the back. There is no spare led strip, I think I read that was one of the differences between it an the P400.

Yes with a 120 fan up top, it's very very tight. I had to get one screw into the fan and then push to get the others in place. It's close but it did fit with 4 screws.

I am enjoying the case. A lot less dust getting into my system, which was a major point for me, as other cases were letting too much dust through the filters. With my fans on low, I sit at 27 to 28c and that's with the CPU overclocked. And when it's time to game with the fans cranked up, it still keeps the system nice and cool. If I had an I7 that might be a little different, but with the I5 it's very much to my liking temp wise.

Desktop footprint is so nice. And I have no issues taking it to a lan party. Of all the cases I've built in, this compact seems to meet all the needs I have. 0 complaints.

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions. Judging by what you wrote, the case appears to have a lot of benefits--especially for a person like me with limited desk space and a lengthy GPU. I have an i7 6700K running at stock speeds and my push/ pull setups keeps my temps at 24-26° C on idle, and around 40-54° C on load--and thoughts only if I really push it. It'll spike here and there, but nothing too crazy. In the P300, I would have to get rid of my FTW3, and that would be terrible (forgive me for thinking out loud). But, I think you've inspired me, at least, to purchase those Halo frames. They look awesome.

Dude, thank you again for the response.

Amflax 1 point 17 months ago

just wondering why u put a 1080ti with an i5?? but otherwise this case looks really nice and im planning to get it in a few days

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

No real reason, eventually when i7 prices drop a bit I'll move to the i7 :)

om3gA_3 1 point 17 months ago

thats one big monitor u got there

om3gA_3 1 point 17 months ago

i was just joking around, not trying to be mean

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

No worries. :) It is pretty big. LOL

NamTale 1 point 17 months ago

Does this case have top 240mm radiator support?

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Not sure, but your graphics card needs to be short, if it does.

NamTale 1 point 17 months ago

Sorry I meant on the top of the case :P

M18__Hellcat 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build! How's the sound level in this chassi? Thinking about a build in this case for Christmas, and I wouldn't be happy if there's any annoying sound in the background. :D

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I run the fans on low most of the time, even with an overclock on my i5 and it's very quiet. Like any system once you kick the fans into high gear, you can hear them. But I am super happy with this case.

M18__Hellcat 1 point 17 months ago

Okay! Thanks for reply! :D

Igie 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Sweet set up. Could you tell me if your GPU is right up againts the rad? I have a 280mm rad and a FTW card and I was wondering if it would fit.

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It should fit if you do push pull.

Nitronixus 1 point 17 months ago

You sir gave me inspiration for this build ;) I wanted i high end system within a small budget mid tower and u successfully nailed every single one of it. Props mate!

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!! I am enjoying it, think I might have finally hit the sweet spot for a system. At least for me.

Kadomex 1 point 17 months ago

How do you like the Custom Studio's? Do they get loud enough from you mobo audio?

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

They do, most comfortable, best sounding headset I've owned. I've tried internal audio card, usb audio, and keep going back to the motherboard audio, as I feel it best drives this headset. I upgraded the Smart Headphone Amp, which really up'd sound volume through the front audio port.

Frankiejayy77 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Loving the purple color man and that build is inspiring!!

Question tho..possibilities of using a 120 AIO on the top and the rear in a dual AIO setup? (ie CPU & GPU)

if its possible i am def gonna get this case!

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks, I think the dual 120's might work, but all depends on your motherboard I think. The height of the heat sinks can really hamper install.

Frankiejayy77 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Oh ok gotcha.. yea i can see that being a task in itself! Thanks for the reply i greatly appreciate it! Guess I have some thinking to do before pulling the trigger on this (ima do it anyways lol)

PC_Mate 9 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Nice build! What are your gpu temp´s idle/load (gaming)?

Ryan_Ambrose 1 point 14 months ago

Hiya, I know this is a late comment but I picked a similar built, should be getting delivered any day now, so I've just been wondering how are your temperatures with the Phanteks P300 after months of use?

I've never had a mid-sized tower before, so even though I've heard many great things about it from reviews I'm still a bit hesitant to pick up this case due to everything being so tight on the inside.

By the way, that's one heck of a build you got there, congratulations.

Keidan94 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Nice build :) Besides, do you have any worries of vibrations with your case? I have the kraken + two other Aer P120 / 140 all in silence profile, the case vibrates a lot

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks. :) I didn't experience any vibrations.

Keidan94 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Ok so the material used must be more thick than the S340 Elite, I will put this case aside thank you

Lionvader 1 point 13 months ago

Hey dude, you build Looks sick! Going for a similiar one, with less... budget

There's one Question: How did you sync up the matching colors of your NZXT Kraken, The Gpu AND and the Case/Halo RGB's? Any Software option or just done manually?

bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

All done using NZXT CAM Software and their hardware components that they plug into. The video card is set separately.

Lionvader 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man, i just ordered my build!

I still dont quite get it, what exactly did you put into where to sync up the Kraken&Case lighting?

Luukmaker 1 point 10 months ago

How do I connect my power switch?

Eugene0101 1 point 10 months ago

Wtf is your monitor

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

is that gpu going to fall off, like give it some support. Also dont lay your cpu cooler tubes on the gpu it can warm up the tubes and warm up the water

woahwoahwilly 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Love the uncommon choice of parts! You don't see a pre-8th generation i5 paired with a 1080 or 1080 Ti very often!

+1

Z.SnaiL 1 point 3 months ago

I dont understand when people put most of the money when they can just balance out the build like taking some money out of the graphics card which is 1200$ USD and buy a better processor and more storage

Mark_Winters 1 point 28 days ago

:D very nais

RyanG1743 1 point 1 day ago

How did you get the rgb on the case to work, mine is stuck on one color and wont show up in msi mystic light

CureMelons -3 points 18 months ago

Expensive parts for a budget case. Also shouldnt have gotten a 140mm rad, 240 or 280 woulda been better. And you shoulda waited for coffee lake cpus

Kadomex 3 points 17 months ago

1) It doesn't even look like a budget case. It looks awesome and shows off the parts beautifully. Why spend more when you ticked both those boxes for less?

2) 140 is fine as long as they don't care too much about noise. And with closed back headphones, I doubt it's an issue. That cooler is still sufficient for a 6600k.

3) They re-used that CPU from their last build. It's not new.

For all of the "criticism" you gave you could have at least thrown in a compliment somewhere.

CureMelons 1 point 17 months ago

Nice tempered glass

Taroxi 1 point 18 months ago

I think his gpu was too long to fit a 240/280mm rad, if you look at the pics the gap between the end of the gpu and the front is rather small.

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bobbyw87 submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Temps are better but it could be my fan configuration. I build based on what I like looks wise. :) Nothing scientific to my build.

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