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Topic Summary: Thermaltake M5
Created On: 05/27/2009 05:09 PM
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 05/27/2009 05:09 PM
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Got my new case today, a Thermaltake M5 with side window, and I think its a great case, very pleased I bought it. Only cost me £60 are the quality is excellent. I was hoping for the version with the black insides but they are discontinued so unfortunately mine has grey interior. However I plan to add blue l.e.d fans so this isnt that much of a problem.

The case comes with 2 fans, a big 140mm intake fan at the front and a 120mm exhaust fan at the rear. There is space to add an exhaust fan at the top of the case (which I intend to do) and a space to add a 70mm fan behind the motherboard (not sure if im going to do this yet)

The only criticism I have with the case is the front panel isn't very tightly secured, its very easy to pull it off, but as I wont be moving my case very much this isnt really an issue.

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My cable management isn't very good I know (its tidier than my old case) but I did the best job I could, although its still quite messy. This case is much more spacious inside so there is still plenty of space for air to flow. Im wanting to illuminate the whole case blue, I figured the top mounted fan would do this but then I realized my huge graphics card is in the way so it wont be able to illuminate the whole case. Is there any other way i'll be able to do this?

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 05/27/2009 05:15 PM
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Decent looking case, I like it.

Congrats and job well done.

New case day is almost always a good day lol. Unless you screw up the transfer process.

as for case light, just add 2x 10 inch or 12 inch blue LED light sticks. One top and one bottom. There normally a $10.00 Item.

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM



$6.00 kit and wala your set.

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 05/27/2009 08:23 PM
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Originally posted by: PC-GURU -

Decent looking case, I like it.

Congrats and job well done.

New case day is almost always a good day lol. Unless you screw up the transfer process.

as for case light, just add 2x 10 inch or 12 inch blue LED light sticks. One top and one bottom. There normally a $10.00 Item.

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM

$6.00 kit and wala your set.


Thanks man, I looked at cases that cost a hell of a lot more but this one had everything I needed and wasn't half as expensive.

Well everything went smoothly until I had to connect the power leads, I had to consult the motherboard manual to find out where they went, in my old case all the wires where in 1 block, I found 4 separate blocks with 2 wires in each with the new case.

Those LED sticks look good, I think i'll just buy 2 of those and stick with a regular 120mm fan

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 05/27/2009 08:57 PM
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i have a couple 12" green sticks under my WC system for ground effects-lol
they are pretty bright,not overly bright.
this looks cool ,thought about some myself EL WIRE



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 05/27/2009 09:00 PM
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BTW nice case,i looked at it but got a antec 300 instead (it is my htpc)it would be great case when i build my friends rig


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 05/29/2009 06:53 PM
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Hmmm not had many replys, but anyway here is an update.

Today I installed 2 blue cold cathode tubes and a top exhaust fan:













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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.9ghz
Sapphire Radeon 5870 1GB
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Thermaltake M5 Case
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 05/29/2009 08:48 PM
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PURTY,looks great.
still wish people would paint the inside.
does it luminate the room at night?


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 05/30/2009 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by: dimwit13

PURTY,looks great.

still wish people would paint the inside.

does it luminate the room at night?

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I want to paint the inside but im not really sure how to go about it, im sure its not as simple as 'buy a can of spray paint and spray' is it?

Not the whole room because of where its located, but if I put it in the middle of the room it defiantly would.

The blue is actually darker in person but unfortunately I wasn't able to capture the true colour on camera, it looks more like the second picture in my original post where I used the camera flash.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.9ghz
Sapphire Radeon 5870 1GB
4GB DDR2 RAM (4 4 4 12)
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 05/31/2009 12:03 AM
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That case is the same as my V9. the only differances are the front , and the top blowhole fan is 230mm on the V9 the inside is the same everything. The side panels are the same too. I kinda like the looks of it a little better than mine.

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 05/31/2009 08:06 AM
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Originally posted by: Speedwayaudio

That case is the same as my V9. the only differances are the front , and the top blowhole fan is 230mm on the V9 the inside is the same everything. The side panels are the same too. I kinda like the looks of it a little better than mine.


I actually considered that case but never noticed it was the same inside as the M5. the only real difference I can see is that the top fan is built in, which is a little better because if you have a large cpu cooler you may not be able to install a top fan in the M5, I had trouble squeezing it past my Freezer 64.

The V9 would have been my second choice after the M5, I thought it looked ok but wasnt keen on the entire front panel being mesh, and I also preffered the blue lite fan over the red which why I went with the M5.

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ASRock K10N78FullHD-hSLI R3.0 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.9ghz
Sapphire Radeon 5870 1GB
4GB DDR2 RAM (4 4 4 12)
Corsair TX650W PSU
Thermaltake M5 Case
Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
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