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I keep having second thoughts. I'm very close to buying the Fractal Design Define Mini because I love the look of it, the features, and pretty much everything about it. But I feel it won't satisfy my needs as far as a small(er)form factor package that I want to move to. It just seems too big. I've been looking at Lian Li cases extensively also but every one I look at seems to have something that just doesn't sit well with me, or I mentally can't picture the setup I'm going with to fit...

So my question is, should I just suck it up and buy it? Or does anyone have any other recommendations for cases? I'm looking for a case that can hold my 2 6970's and a full size psu. Also, I plan on watercooling. How tacky would an external radiator(s) be? I don't mind a little modding to get things to fit, seeing as how I already planned on having to cut a few things in the DM. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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I would say pull the trigger on the fractal, I doubt you'll be disappointed with it. Tiny cases don't really work with SLI and possible WC, it's better to have a little extra room then spending hours trying to re-arrange the internals and or modding it.

I would have to agree and say that a rad sticking out of the back of the case is very odd looking. I would try to keep it mostly internal.
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My Arc Mini is decetly heavy, but it is really easy to carry because it's just the right size. It's no aluminum case with a handle, but certainly easier than carrying around something like a 600T.

I went with the Arc Mini so I could SLI and have an internal Rad. Works out really well.
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I would say pull the trigger on the fractal, I doubt you'll be disappointed with it. Tiny cases don't really work with SLI and possible WC, it's better to have a little extra room then spending hours trying to re-arrange the internals and or modding it.

I would have to agree and say that a rad sticking out of the back of the case is very odd looking. I would try to keep it mostly internal.
True. I'm thinking this is going to be about as small as I can get while still using a matx form factor. As far as the external rad goes I was going to kind of flush mount it on top. Drill holes for the lines to run straight down into the case but keep the fans on the inside.

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My Arc Mini is decetly heavy, but it is really easy to carry because it's just the right size. It's no aluminum case with a handle, but certainly easier than carrying around something like a 600T.

I went with the Arc Mini so I could SLI and have an internal Rad. Works out really well.
Where did you mount the rad? Do you have any pics?
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Take a look at the Cubitek Mini Tank... thats my next SFF case.
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Take a look at the Cubitek Mini Tank... thats my next SFF case.
What motherboard were you going to run? I wanted to stick with matx mainly for crossfire.
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Oh... blah. Didnt think about that

Right now im running the Asus in my sig, but am going to switch to Intel
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Where did you mount the rad? Do you have any pics?
Yep!
http://www.overclock.net/15527457-post4.html

Rather than repost the pics here, link to the final pics from my project log. You can easily fit an RX240 rad, as long as you stick with RAM that has low heat spreaders (as if the cheapo heats preaders actually spread heat...). The mounting spot for the rad is offset, and it's a fairly wide case.
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Yep!
http://www.overclock.net/15527457-post4.html

Rather than repost the pics here, link to the final pics from my project log. You can easily fit an RX240 rad, as long as you stick with RAM that has low heat spreaders (as if the cheapo heats preaders actually spread heat...). The mounting spot for the rad is offset, and it's a fairly wide case.
Your the man! Those were the type of pics I've been looking for. I was going to go with Xspc's new EX rads. They seem pretty good and they are the same size as the rs series. Plus I don't want a huge radiator covering up my goodies. lol.

Is that scythe in the back the slim model?
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Glad I could be of help!
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