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Hello!

I'm using my good old Armor+ and want to give it a few tweaks before making it the new home of my next hardware upgrade.

Now I got a few questions:

 

1. All sources I can find state there is a 230mm fan in my side panel. I measured it and the diameter of the fan is 200mm. The diagonal distance between the screw holes is around 220mm. I bought the case pretty early when it hit the german market. Do I have an early revision of the case or something like that or is all the information I find (including official Thermaltake) wrong?

 

2. This fan on the side panel is pretty noisy. On the old german support forums (discontinued) I read from official Thermaltake support that the noise is in fact not really from the fan it self, but from the holes in the side panel behind the fan and that they are working on the issue. Unfortunately i did not find any more on that topic. I have turned it down with my fan control but it remains the loudest fan in the system. Since the problem seems to be the side panel I hesitate to get a new fan only to have the same issue. Does anyone have any more information on that for me?

 

3. (not very important) Back when the case was released it was not yet established on the market to color the interior of cases with windows. Since that improves the aesthetics drastically and I am otherwise very pleased with my case I want to give the complete interior new colors. Therefore i need to dismantle the case as far as possible. Is there maybe any documentation I that can help me find out what I can take apart and how I do that?

 

Thanks in advance,

Hopsekäse

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Its been a few months since u posted but I will try to give u some info here in case u come back and read.

 

1. The distance between opposite screw holes is 22cm on the window of Armor+ VH6000- the very big one. The same distance is 23cm on the Armor VA8000 window- the big one but not the tallest. Somehow the fan is bigger on the "smaller" case. Both numbers are true.

 

2. The fan on the side and its mounting are very good. Back in 2008 after getting my first Armor case I remember how happy I was with the noise level (!).

I could literally hear the psu working. Through the years, thou, I've read many critics on this subject and it comes down to (bad) luck. If u are not lucky, u may get a noisy fan or a not-so-well mounted one. From my experience I can tell you that the original TT fan stays "quiet" for 2 to 3 years. Then u might need to change it. I did with a Bitfenix one just because a friend gave it to me for free. I had to change the color of my new build in the good-old Armor case that could still do the dirty job. Later I changed the build inside it for a 3rd time and put some apu mobo. It didnt need some special cooling but I managed to fit a spare TT fan I had from a V9 case (the top fan), which fitted just fine. That is a relatively low-airflow fan, but did the job + fitted the new theme (black). The noise levels with the 2 "new" fans were at the same levels with the initial one. What I did the last time thou (with the top V9 fan) was to put some rubber grommets inbetween the plastic window and the fan. Simple trick but effective= made the build even more silent.

But the real answer to your question lies with quality. TT was putting mass-production fans with those models to keep the cost low (today in many cases it gives some top-notch fans). The only solution is to substitute the old aging fan with a better one (that u have to pay extra for). U get what u pay for my friend. Put some grommets between the new fan and the window and u have a silent pc.

 

3. I've never seen any modding documentation on specific cases. What I can tell u -again from my experience- is to keep everything together in 1 box. Dont put them in different places or u will lose control. The level of dismantling depends on the painting u want to give your case. Myself I took it completely apart and gave all pieces to a car-painting furnace. It was black and I did the interior totally black too (car paint jobs are way better because they dont scratch easily). Then I put it back together again and installed the hardware. But it was easy because I kept all things together and had their screws all in 1 bag. Trust yourself and TT. They make good cases which are easy to take apart and put back together. Plus they are sturdy and u dont have to be afraid u will damage anything. The point u stop "dismantling" is when there are no more screws. Anything that can be unscrewed, should be so, and get painted separately. If u do it yourself dont forget to primer the metal before u apply the regular paint. Have a steady hand and try to finish the job in 1 hand of primer and 1 hand of paint, so the thickness of the paint of the finished product doesnt obstruct any joints. Screwholes are gonna get covered, so keep that in mind when u try to screw the case back up- u need to apply gentle force to screw them back and remove the paint from the holes.

 

GL with your armor.

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