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Single or double radiator in a Fractal Define Mini?

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I have been looking at a couple of liquid cooling kits as I want to start putting either my CPU or graphics card on liquid cooling, more likely the GPU unless my HD6870 gets a much cooler equivalent in the 7000 series in the new year. However, I was wondering if it's possible to use the dual 120mm fan slots in the front of my case (with some modifications) to install the radiator, or am I forced to use the top or rear fan slots and use a single 120mm radiator? I have room in my case for a reasonable sized tank since I can keep the hard drives in the upper position.

I was just curious as to know whether anyone can confirm that dual radiator kits will work on the front of these cases, I really don't want to shell out 200 dollars for a giant case that I won't ever fill. I'd rather do a couple of modifications so I can get air flow out the front or do a top mod to put in a dual radiator. I know there are a couple of single slot solutions out there but apparently they aren't that great compared to a dual or triple radiator.
Edited by DSgamer64 - 12/10/11 at 6:10pm
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Maybe not just 'bolting' it in there, but theres no reason you cant make it work. You can make anything work if you put your mind to it and time into it.

Its possible i could make you a laser cut bracket, but i would need some more pics of the case and other measurements, PM me if interested. Also, where are you located?
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Well the front of the case has the dual fans but there is about a 5cm wide piece of plastic between them, though that might not be an issue. I could always dismantle my case and take my rotozip to the plastic and cut it off so that a radiator could fit in, then create my own thread holes for the screws if needed with a very small drill bit. If needed I could also modify the two housings for the fans so that the whole radiator sits inside them (since the fan housings have dust filters on them)
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I've seen a Fractal Mini with a 240 in the front. This is actually one of my prospective cases for a future build. Sadly, I don't recall if it was a slim 240, standard thickness, or if they had to do any modifications.

[edit]Found a few R2 and R3 builds on OCN, but not specifically the Mini. Did come across this one on a different site though. He says it's a Mini, but to me it looks like a Midi?
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It probably is the Fractal MIDI case, but in essence they are the same aside from form factor, the MIDI being a full tower with a dual fan slots on top and triple in the front while the Mini is a micro tower with dual fans in the front and a single on top. It looks like it should be possible to put a dual fan radiator in the front of the case, since I am focusing on liquid cooling the CPU for now and could potentially put a liquid cooling radiator for the GPU on the back at a later date (when I can afford to go down that road). Fortunately I have some of the tools to do the modifications, including a threaded drill tap tool for making screw threads if need be.
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