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post #3631 of 16295 Old 08-03-2012, 02:23 PM
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Hello here
does anyone knows if a h80 (or any 120 rad) would fit on the top front fan of the define mini ?

I've seen customer loop 120's up front, so the rad should fit, you'll just have to removed the upper HD carrier. the only issue would be weather you have enough hose to reach all the way there. also, you'll need the radiator orientated so that the hoses are closest to the left panel so they clear everything. my guess would be while the rad would fit, you won't have enough hose to reach.

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I've seen customer loop 120's up front, so the rad should fit, you'll just have to removed the upper HD carrier. the only issue would be weather you have enough hose to reach all the way there. also, you'll need the radiator orientated so that the hoses are closest to the left panel so they clear everything. my guess would be while the rad would fit, you won't have enough hose to reach.

This pretty much, the rad will fit fine. The issue is hose length.
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A lot of people are using neodymium magnets.
I myself would take a bit more... sturdy approach and use rivet nuts or threaded rivets, then countersink the panel where the screws will go and use some nice flat hex/torx screws.

Yea im with you i reckon i would use a more sturdy approach, my plan was to use small black Allen key bolts, thought that they would look pretty cool or thumb screws.

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Hey everyone, first time posting in these forums. Just wondering if I could get some advice about my setup. Slowly putting together my first rig in years and right now I am working on case cooling. I have attached a picture with the current airflow. Please note that the front intake fans show warm air coming in. This is because I will be installing a xspc water cooler and the radiator will be installed in front with fans pulling air through (and I will be removing the currently front mounted fans). Right now, I figure the radiator fans will be pulling hot air, the bottom fan will offset th ast by pulling in cool air and the top fans and back fan will exhasust hot air out. I will be watercooling the CPU and graphics card.

Since this is my first time doing this in 10 yrs, does this setup make sense? Any other reccomendations?

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Maybe it's just me but I always like having my roof's as intakes. With just the rear as exhaust.
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Maybe it's just me but I always like having my roof's as intakes. With just the rear as exhaust.

My Cosmos 1000 benefited having the top fans as intakes too.
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Hey airdeano, great questions! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I love the Arc Midi. I'd say the biggest difference between the 1200 and the Arc Midi are two-fold. First and most obvious is size, the Arc Midi is much smaller than the 1200 and much lighter but even so I had zero issues fitting everything in there. Second, the layout and engineering of the Arc Midi is so much better! You can absolutely tell that a lot of thought was put into the design of the interior of the Arc Midi, it is much easier to work inside than the 1200 despite being smaller. All in all, it was looks, interior, price, and all my research that decided me on the Arc Midi.
I had been excited for the Arc Midi for a while (my fiancee can attest to that tongue.gif ) so when I finally got it home and opened it up I would have to say it exceeded my expectations, especially after working inside of it! Specifically, I was looking for a smaller, lighter case that would leave me room to grow and upgrade while supporting moderate custom watercooling in the future with a minimal of case modding. The Arc Midi fits that to a 'T' and then some. Cable management is very good, though I'm still learning. I want to get a new PSU for better cable management and, more importantly, because the one I have is an older one of a brand that's not big-name. The last thing I want is for it to blow up and leave me computerless until I can afford to build another one!
I would only have FD change a few minor things. First I would make both HDD cages removeable. Second, I would replace the sponge dust filters with more effective screen ones, like the magnetic ones a lot of people are getting. Third, I would either remove the crappy fan controller they include altogether OR replace it with a nicer more reliable one. They have a new fan controller coming out soon that looks awesome, so maybe include that as an optional add-on? All in all, those are very minor, cosmetic gripes. Every single person will have their own opinions, likes, and dislikes so I don't expect FD to cater to my wishes, though that would be pretty nice thumb.gif
Eventually I'll upgrade to a 3570K, a GTX 670 or 680, and maybe a few other things but no matter what I've got inside the Arc Midi it is an excellent case and I do not in the least regret buying it.

great feedback.. glad you are enjoying the case..
we will see what FD can do for a revision if they can fit it in..

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Yeah, I'm a bit concerned about using magnets and how they hold up, although they give a much more clean and mess-fine look. You also gave me the idea of using rubber feet for the case.

using rare earth magnet tape is about the strongest to use for heavy or awkward loads.

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Heya, I just got some Tin Snips I think they were called, heavy duty sheet metal kinda scissors. Worked really well, was done with all my fan slots in about twenty minutes.

here is a lil tool (the nibbler) that can really make life easier as a video earlier in a post showed..

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Hey everyone, first time posting in these forums. Just wondering if I could get some advice about my setup. Slowly putting together my first rig in years and right now I am working on case cooling. I have attached a picture with the current airflow. Please note that the front intake fans show warm air coming in. This is because I will be installing a xspc water cooler and the radiator will be installed in front with fans pulling air through (and I will be removing the currently front mounted fans). Right now, I figure the radiator fans will be pulling hot air, the bottom fan will offset th ast by pulling in cool air and the top fans and back fan will exhasust hot air out. I will be watercooling the CPU and graphics card.
Since this is my first time doing this in 10 yrs, does this setup make sense? Any other reccomendations? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
nxjJKl.jpg

if this is an air-cooled CPU cooler, you wont need all those fans, especially the roof. the weaker front fans will
be inaffective. the floor fan will be nice depending on your graphics card. and again, depending on cooling of
CPU, the rear exhaust may be restrictive.

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great feedback.. glad you are enjoying the case..
we will see what FD can do for a revision if they can fit it in..
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using rare earth magnet tape is about the strongest to use for heavy or awkward loads.
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here is a lil tool (the nibbler) that can really make life easier as a video earlier in a post showed..
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if this is an air-cooled CPU cooler, you wont need all those fans, especially the roof. the weaker front fans will
be inaffective. the floor fan will be nice depending on your graphics card. and again, depending on cooling of
CPU, the rear exhaust may be restrictive.
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The tape is junk. Neo's are the way to go. Tried them both, neo's blew the tape away. biggrin.gif
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rare earth magnet are pretty strong, ive used them alot.. and on plexi it shouldnt be an issue, maybe
for glass because its heavier? ive used the tape for displays and it was monster hold on high carbon
steel. it was a 3 1/2 pound piece of aluminum on a vertical standing carbon steel square tubing. used
4- 6" pieces and voilia.. it was there.

hey wait.. isnt Neodymium a type of rare eath magnet anyway? i thought i had read that somewhere.

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Nibbler might have been easier, but that would have been £30 I would have put towards my ARC's fans! The snips were only £9.99 from a local store and did the job just fine, perhaps not as tidy though.

My roof fans will not be intakes because I want to get the hot air out of my case, and they look better as intakes lol. Though I'm probably getting a 20cm fan up top. tongue.gif
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