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post #31 of 38
This will likely be a server build for me in the future. Quiet, lots of HDD bays, and good wire managing for all the sata cables.

I was actually waiting for this, but the 650D sold me. (like many others in this thread hah)

Either way, Fractal is on my scope for either my Server build, or a backup build in the near future.
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Aluminum does nothing for your computer case other than LOOKING cool, the panel on the midi is designed to imitate aluminum and it does a very good job at that so you are really paying extra for nothing.

You paid twice as much as the midi and got a steel 600T with an aluminum plate stuck on the front panel. Name some things the 650D does that the midi can't?
Your case is probably the one part of the computer where aesthetics plays a legitimate, albeit small, role. Sure the Arc has faux aluminum, but I prefer the real deal (even if its just a 'veneer'). If I wanted a plastic front end I could pick up an Antec, CM, etc and be done.

The 650D has the space, the looks, and the build quality of a top flight case. As far as price, if you're paying retail for your computer parts- you're doing it wrong. My 650D was within $10USD of the suggested MSRP of the Arc
 
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I like this case, and the MINI. I think its more for people who want to be focused on complimenting their components as compared to having 5.25 peripherals, personally I would just use an external cd/dvd rom.

Might use it for a secondary folding rig
    
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Looks like a very good case for the price range.

Very well thought out, and I'm sure building in it will be a very painless process; I imagine it will be very popular with system builders who build and sell PCs.

Not sure if I like the styling though personally. Although it is nicely understated, and I'm sure would fit in anywhere, I prefer slightly more character to cases (but obviously this a matter of personal choice!)
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I love the case but one thing that cheesed me was the top panel, it's deceiving.

Once the awesome grill is taken off you find that the fan mounting for a dual rad is top notch but the 3rd fan placement in the drive bay is out line with the other two.
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Your case is probably the one part of the computer where aesthetics plays a legitimate, albeit small, role. Sure the Arc has faux aluminum, but I prefer the real deal (even if its just a 'veneer'). If I wanted a plastic front end I could pick up an Antec, CM, etc and be done.

The 650D has the space, the looks, and the build quality of a top flight case. As far as price, if you're paying retail for your computer parts- you're doing it wrong. My 650D was within $10USD of the suggested MSRP of the Arc
So you got the brand new 650D for $90 cheaper than newegg? Got proof? Smells like BS.

And what exactly qualifies a case as "top flight"? What is this build quality you speak of and how does it make the 650D any better than the Midi?
post #37 of 38
Man Fractal sure have lost their way in terms of design. This is something I would expect from Antec, not them. All they need for a perfect case is to remove the side fan panel from their existing R3/XL cases. This is one damn ugly case.

I'm waiting for their Define Mini to finally get in stock, then I'm getting one. This thing is a dust magnet I bet, from the looks of things.
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So you got the brand new 650D for $90 cheaper than newegg? Got proof? Smells like BS.

And what exactly qualifies a case as "top flight"? What is this build quality you speak of and how does it make the 650D any better than the Midi?
Don't be mad, I have a great seller that I buy 99% of my cases from ands he treats me very well on pricing. Buying retail should be only for ridiculous sales or a last resort

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