For today’s build, we did something a little outside the box for a case that doesn’t comes with a side panel window. Before we show you the heart of the system, let’s take a look at the build completed with the side panel on. As you can see, its pretty simple but elegant looking, and you would have no idea there are actually system components inside, except for the controller hub showing in the 5.25″ bay. One thing we must note is that the matte black finish does attract quite a bit of finger prints. This didn’t bother us, as a quick wipe with a towel will clean this up quickly.
Here, we take a look at the front panel. Again, it’s rather simple looking, but that’s how some prefer it.
To complete this system, this is what we used in the final build.
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming
Processor: Intel i7 3770K (OC to 4.2GHz)
Graphics: MSI GTX770 Gaming
PSU: Corsair AX850 watts with Red Sleeved Cable
Memory: Corsair 8GB
SSD: 2x 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Hard Drive: 2x 1TB Seagate HD
Misc: NZXT Hue
CPU: EK Supremacy CSQ Block
Rad: Top – XSPC EX360, Front – XSPC EX240
Fans: Courgar VP12H x8, Courfar VP14H x2
Pump: Swiftech MCP655 with EK CSQ Top
Res: Bitspower 150mm Tub Res
Fittings: Bitspower (Black Sparkle Compressions) 7/16″ ID, 5/8″ OD.
Tubing: Primochill 7/16″ ID and 5/8″ OD Advance LRT
As you can see, we fit quite a few goodies into this chassis. At the top, we fit the 360 rad with fans in push configuration. There was not enough room to fit push/pull due to the top panel damping material. At the front, we fit a 240mm rad. There is room for a slim 360 rad; however, you will lose all of the hard drive bays in that spot. In our build, we wanted to make use of the two bay hard drive cage and we still managed to fit a 240mm rad in push/pull.
Also, taking another closer look at to the top, our 360 rad caused us to lose the top 5.25″ bay for an optical drive. A fan controller or other small accessory can fit without issues. Since we didn’t need an optical drive, we installed our NZXT Hue lighting controller into the bay which we will go over in just a little it.
Here is a closer look at the front installation of the radiator with the optional HD cage at the top. We took great use of this space and also added a 120mm fan at the front to help cool the HDs.
Moving to the back side, we had no issues with wire management. The sleeved cable did help with organization, but there is still plenty of room even if you don’t have one. There were plenty of cable hooks to allow ease of strapping everything down.
Going in for a closer look, you can see that we took the two SSD mounts at the rear motherboard tray and installed two of our Kingston HyperX 3K SSDs. NZXT developed a great way to use this space and we are happy they did.
At the rear, we also have the ten fan hub. This came in handy for us since we didn’t have to add an additional fan controller. This also made cable management much easier.
And FINALLY! we have our system complete and our NZXT Hue lights on. The system looks very impressive with the subtle purple glow highlighting our red cables. You may wonder why we did all this to the system if there is no window on the side panel. It seems like a crime to have all of this goodness hidden away. Well, we are going to explain that in just a bit.
Here is a closer look at the system fully installed at another angle.
Now, if you looked at the name NZXT H630, when we first saw this, it only made us wonder if the internal structure shared the same layout and size as NZXT’s Phantom 630. With the matching series number, it only made us curious. Since we had a Phantom 630 here, we did a little investigating and it turns out that most of its internal features are similar. While its not an exact replica, it was pretty close. The dimensions were nearly identical so we experimented a little with our Phantom 630 panel and it fit PERFECTLY!
So, for those who may be looking for a way to show off the internals of the H630 without having the mod, you can purchase a replacement panel from the Phantom 630 and it directly fits right in. The obvious down side here is that you lose the sound dampening of the side panel. This seemingly defeats the purpose of the chassis; however, that little sacrifice can go a long way when it comes to its aesthetics. That isn’t the only benefit either. With the limited air vents, this can also help improve the airflow of the chassis. You just have to decide which is a greater priority for you… added bling or silent operation.
Here is another look with the Phantom 630 Panel installed on our H630.
Now that we have completed the overview of the system install, let’s wrap things up and give you our final thoughts.