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I am looking for a small form factor tower with enough space to do a Crossfire of two HD 6870 Twin Frozr graphics cards, but also has plenty of cooling as my Thermaltake Armor 30 is starting to kill me now that the furnace is going on due to the ever dropping temperatures of this country I call Canada. So I need a case that has exceptional cooling, and it seems to be what I am looking for. Evidently Newegg Canada doesn't sell Fractal products anymore but anyway, at 89 bucks the price is good and I can go pick it up for less then what they are going to charge for shipping. I don't have a second 6870 Twin Frozr yet but my intention was to wait until I had a case with proper cooling. 6 fans seems sufficient, and I am going to get a better CPU cooler so I can overclock my i7 2600k (probably get an H80).

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58...n&promoid=1208
post #2 of 9
If you really are concerned about cooling look into the haf 922, or similar/better

But i really like the style of those cases lol

It should be good for your uses though.
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/23/11 at 5:53pm
post #3 of 9
I love the clean looks of Fractual Case's, I've heard good things about them.
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I'm actually planning to get the Define Mini for my next mATX rig, packing a Gene-Z and a 6970 Lightning. For your purposes, the Mini should do quite well, though you need to make sure the 2nd 6870 will not hit the drive bays. Which it shouldn't. You may want to invest in slightly faster fans, though.

The clean, unassuming looks just do it for me.
 
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Well I was planning on putting the 1200 RPM fans that come with it on the side and rear, then put some Scythe fans in the other slots that are a bit quieter. Apparently part of the hard drive cage can be removed though so hopefully I don't have too many issues with space. I have the MSI Twin Frozr 6870 though, and plan on getting a 2nd one for optimal cooling, just with the case I have it's not sufficient enough for heat dissipation.
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Originally Posted by SeanWebster View Post
If you really are concerned about cooling look into the haf 922, or similar/better

But i really like the style of those cases lol

It should be good for your uses though.
Well I didn't want something that big. I am kind of limited in space and my board is a microATX as well (supports Crossfire) and I don't need a ton of drive bays either. One of the other things I like about the Fractal case is the built in fan controller. Also, I can go pick up the Fractal case rather then paying for shipping since only NCIX Canada sells Fractal products, Newegg Canada does not.
post #7 of 9
There's also the Arc Mini, which is the same chassis as the Define Mini, but geared for high airflow and watercooling, rather than low noise like the Define.

Another case you might want to consider is the Silverstone TJ08-E, which is a bit more compact than the Arc/Define Mini and still has pretty good cooling and expansion options.
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Well I didn't want something that big. I am kind of limited in space and my board is a microATX as well (supports Crossfire) and I don't need a ton of drive bays either. One of the other things I like about the Fractal case is the built in fan controller. Also, I can go pick up the Fractal case rather then paying for shipping since only NCIX Canada sells Fractal products, Newegg Canada does not.
Yea, I like the fractal, get it lol. But one word of advise is to try to buy a good fan controller, I thought the one in my case would do it for me, but it died in a week lol.
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Well I didn't want something that big. I am kind of limited in space and my board is a microATX as well (supports Crossfire) and I don't need a ton of drive bays either. One of the other things I like about the Fractal case is the built in fan controller. Also, I can go pick up the Fractal case rather then paying for shipping since only NCIX Canada sells Fractal products, Newegg Canada does not.
Built -in controllers tend to be rubbish. Spend $20, get a decent 5.25" controller. Those work better.

The top drive bay is removable, but you need to make sure the 2nd 6870 fits. Because it may hit the lower drive bays.
 
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