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Fractal design defile XL. good choice?

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Hi, i'm going to make a new rig soon and i can't decide wich case ill take. I'm really interested in the fractal design xl but i want to be sure it's a good one.



Ill put an asus gtx 570 DCII in it, with the sus p8p67 pro, cooler master silent pro gold 1000w, corsair H80.

I don't know if the airflow is good or whatever. But for 150$, this case seem to be awesome.

Also, if i decide in 4-5 months to change my gpu for 1 or 2 of the best gpu of Nvidia's next generation, would it fit on the bottom enough for a good airflow. because if you type: fractal design define xl on google. you can see ni the pic this one:

http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/3/292...-xl_filled.jpg

The board is a p8p67 deluxe. pci-e are at the exact same place as the p8p67 pro. The question is. the atx board bottom fit perfectly on the ''floor''. with a bracket space left if the card is a 2-slot. then, i can't sli two 3-slot card. But probably 2 2-slot one. with decent airflow on both.


I can't sli the gtx 570 DCII ( case wires on bottom card would break, no?)
I can sli reference card. Should i get one instad of the DCII? If eyah, wich one? every vanilla one got 6 phase vrm? If yes. too bad for sli. i prefer 8 phase instead of 6. But if there is one, except the evga gtx 570 classi ( not available at ncix.com) with the ref cooler and more phase than 6. I would take it.



I know it,s stupid but i need to know what case would be the best for me. For under 210$

I want a nice rig in a ncie case With black interior and nice finish. Wich thefractal got, but the bottom of the mobo is too close from the bottom of the case. It look like the 800D but 800D is 280$...
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Crucial M4 128GB SSD western digital caviar black 1TB sata3 western digital caviar black 750GB sata2 Western Digital MyBook essential 2TB usb 3.0 
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Seagate external HDD 2TB usb 2.0 LG lightscribe 24x sata2 corsair H100 Windows 7 ultimate 64bits 
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LG G2420HD 24''  ASUS PA238QR 23'' LED IPS LG 42CS570 120Hz TV Logitech G510 
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Corsair AX850 Corsair 650D Razer Deathadder 3.5G CM storm weapon of choice m4 
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I have the case, and I love it. Most complaints are lack of USB 3.0 in front, and the box look it has, but that's why I got it.

Here are some shots I took yesterday.






Should give you an idea as to how a 11.5'' card will fit. I took out the other hard drive cage for airflow, it was right in front of a fan. You can have 2 3-slot cards, depending on the board, although I wouldn't. I have added an additional 120mm just under then first 5.25'' drive bay with the bracket they give you, it works perfectly, just snaps in. They added rubber boots for the bottom of the power supply to stand it off, and rubber on the screws for the hard drives. This case is super quiet with all my fans at 100%, even the video card. If you did take the SLI route I would upgrade the front middle intake to a much stronger fan to really push air to the cards. With my setup the way it is I never hit 60C playing BC2, and I've only added 1 fan.

Let us know what you decide!
Edited by deletethegame - 7/24/11 at 3:21pm
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deletethegame, I'm also interested in the Fractal case. Seeing as the front bezel covers the front intake, how are your temps in result of that?
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deletethegame, I'm also interested in the Fractal case. Seeing as the front bezel covers the front intake, how are your temps in result of that?
If you search for 'Define XL' on youtube, you can find a lot of un-boxing videos of the case that can explain it's features better than I can. In reality the airflow performs better with the door open, although my temps only climb 1-3 degrees. The two vents on either side of the front do very well to supply air to the fans.
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When i saw your pics. i said. OMG, i need that, it's so clean...


Really nice rig, it look really bad ass I think i will stick with my idea of it and when ill get two next gen card,i will take them dual-slot for great temp. but for my gtx 570 i'm going with the DCII.

Thanks. i hope ill enjoy that case
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i5 2500k  asus p8p67 pro B3 Asus GTX 670 2GB DCII G.skil ripjaws X 8GB 1600MHz cas8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 128GB SSD western digital caviar black 1TB sata3 western digital caviar black 750GB sata2 Western Digital MyBook essential 2TB usb 3.0 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate external HDD 2TB usb 2.0 LG lightscribe 24x sata2 corsair H100 Windows 7 ultimate 64bits 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
LG G2420HD 24''  ASUS PA238QR 23'' LED IPS LG 42CS570 120Hz TV Logitech G510 
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Corsair AX850 Corsair 650D Razer Deathadder 3.5G CM storm weapon of choice m4 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 128GB SSD western digital caviar black 1TB sata3 western digital caviar black 750GB sata2 Western Digital MyBook essential 2TB usb 3.0 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate external HDD 2TB usb 2.0 LG lightscribe 24x sata2 corsair H100 Windows 7 ultimate 64bits 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
LG G2420HD 24''  ASUS PA238QR 23'' LED IPS LG 42CS570 120Hz TV Logitech G510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX850 Corsair 650D Razer Deathadder 3.5G CM storm weapon of choice m4 
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Thanks, and it really didn't take that long to make it look clean either. Really nice case to work with.
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