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ROSEWILL Nighthawk 117 Review

Posted March 16, 2016 by Josh Jackson in Cases & PSU


Price at time of Review: $119.99 on Newegg


Nice aesthetics, Quality construction, Great attention to detail, Plenty of room, Lots of drive slots, External drive slot, Excellent attention to detail for builders


Limited radiator support, Features are slightly dated compared to newer cases
With a surprising amount of quality and excellent room, this is a very affordable full tower option that looks great as well.
by Josh Jackson
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 Features and Specifications

At face value, there isn’t anything that stands out immediately. We see a full tower case, a side panel window, fan controllers and plenty of room. That’s pretty standard for a gaming chassis. I would liked to have seen a fan hub over the controllers and a bit more support for liquid cooling. However, this case seems to be catering to the drive space more than the radiator support and that’s not a bad thing.

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    I’m trying to install the same radiator in the same case. How did you remove the top fans? It looks like they’re riveted in place or something. I can’t find a screwdriver that works.

      Josh Jackson

      Quick question, did you remove the top panel before trying to remove the fans? They should be screwed in the top with normal phillips head fan screws, but you have to remove the top panel first by pulling on the back of it. Let me know if this info helps any. =D


        Same question about installing a cooler on the top. I pulled on the back and nothing happens. Which way do you pull? Are there clips or something holding the top in place?


          Got the top off the case. There are 4 plastic push clips like those on automobiles. I used some pliers to get one of them out and the other corners popped out.
          The instructions for setting up this case are terrible. If you intend on adding a cooler, the first thing you should do before anything else is pull the top off. It is the last step in the instructions! This case can handle not only a 280 cooler but also a 240 cooler, which is what I installed. There are numerous mounting option for the cooler. My first attempt, I put the 240 cooler in the center of the grid. When I installed the motherboard, the ATX plug at the top left of the board was blocked by the cooler. I was able to move the cooler over because of the numerous mounting positions. When you do reinstall the top, make sure to run all the wires from the top so they are behind the motherboard.

          Josh Jackson

          I found that pulling from the center would create a tension that made it hard for the clips to pop out. I had to pull from one side or the other for the back space, and even pull up on a back corner, then it would usually pop out a little better.

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