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post #11 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunkylad;14413456 
Fractal Design Arc Mini
Cons:
- Weight
- Price

Arc Mini all the way. Just got mine the other day biggrin.gif
I do agree about it being heavy but the price? It's only $100.

OR you can spend less for the Lian Li PC-A05NB and it weighs much less since it's all aluminum.
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan;14414893 
Arc Mini all the way. Just got mine the other day biggrin.gif
I do agree about it being heavy but the price? It's only $100.

OR you can spend less for the Lian Li PC-A05NB and weighs much less since it's all aluminum.

Ha, I guess anything I can consider cheap since I was looking at the Lian Li V600FX for a while.

I have looked at the A05NB, but for $90 I would want a painted rear and interior, especially considering the Dragon Slayer has one and it is priced at $70. That was the only turn off for that case. I do love aluminum cases, but the price increase is so ridiculous it almost isn't worth it unless you are making enough money that you can afford it for every build.
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I am going to say the TJ08-E (obviously I have one) but I came from a Lian Li A04 which has the same layout (give or take alittle) as the Arc Mini. Cons of the Arc mini are you cant sli/crossfire cards over 9.5" while using a hard drive cage. No matter which one you leave in it will block a card. I emailed FD about this because I was going to get a Define Mini, they told me to use a bigger case if I wanted to use long video cards.

In the TJ08-E you can use cards up to 13.25" and use all the hard drive slots. Go to the TJ08-E club and read what I wrote about gpu temps(click sig link). It doesnt really matter where you mount your psu, its the case that will make it difficult to manage or not. The AP181 is 80CFM on low and 130CFM on high, that should be more than enough for most people. Also the side panels are thumbscrews, they even have little rubber washers on them so they dont dig into the paint.
 
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post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by nagle3092;14415802 
I am going to say the TJ08-E (obviously I have one) but I came from a Lian Li A04 which has the same layout (give or take alittle) as the Arc Mini. Cons of the Arc mini are you cant sli/crossfire cards over 9.5" while using a hard drive cage. No matter which one you leave in it will block a card. I emailed FD about this because I was going to get a Define Mini, they told me to use a bigger case if I wanted to use long video cards.

In the TJ08-E you can use cards up to 13.25" and use all the hard drive slots. Go to the TJ08-E club and read what I wrote about gpu temps(click sig link). It doesnt really matter where you mount your psu, its the case that will make it difficult to manage or not. The AP181 is 80CFM on low and 130CFM on high, that should be more than enough for most people. Also the side panels are thumbscrews, they even have little rubber washers on them so they dont dig into the paint.

Just doing a single GTX 560 Ti so I don't think the graphics card size will ever be an issue unless I decide to go for an even higher total price tag.
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post #15 of 25
TJ08-e.. The AP181 will probably be enough and then some....those things are great. and you don't have the limitations you do with graphics cards (who knows maybe down the line someone will hand you a 580 or something for dirt)

That or the in win..looks like there's plenty of room to work with, and who knows it may look 10x better in person, like most cases. and it's really cheap.

I'm a fan of fractal design cases but eh.... your better off with one of the other 2
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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by EM2J;14436595 
TJ08-e.. The AP181 will probably be enough and then some....those things are great. and you don't have the limitations you do with graphics cards (who knows maybe down the line someone will hand you a 580 or something for dirt)

That or the in win..looks like there's plenty of room to work with, and who knows it may look 10x better in person, like most cases. and it's really cheap.

I'm a fan of fractal design cases but eh.... your better off with one of the other 2

Hate to say it but if I got a 580 for dirt cheap it would go in my sig rig and have my 480 as a phsyx card smile.gif This is just for a LAN/mobile rig to replace my laptop while I am at home from college.

Such a hard decision... all 3 cases are excellent. Going to set up a Microcenter run soon to see if they have any of these in store
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Chunkylad;14438827 
Hate to say it but if I got a 580 for dirt cheap it would go in my sig rig and have my 480 as a phsyx card smile.gif This is just for a LAN/mobile rig to replace my laptop while I am at home from college.

Such a hard decision... all 3 cases are excellent. Going to set up a Microcenter run soon to see if they have any of these in store

If it's for a mobile/lan rig, then take the Vulcan. The handle must be great and the weight is only ~6kg. The Arc is 9 kg.. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by DoctorNick;14438921 
If it's for a mobile/lan rig, then take the Vulcan. The handle must be great and the weight is only ~6kg. The Arc is 9 kg.. wink.gif

Lol, anything is light in comparison to my 800D with a CPU/GPU loop while filled.
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post #19 of 25
Just in case you didn't see these bad boys.

Lian Li V354
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V600FX
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post #20 of 25
V354 = No Cable Management

V600FX = Expensive. One review stating the top Fan blocks the 4/8 Pin connector

I'm in the same boat as you OP, TJ08-E or the Arc Mini are my choices right now.
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