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Once upon a time, a young man ordered a Fractal Design Define XL from ncix. Unfortunately, CanadaPost dropped it in transit, and when it arrived, it was all messed up. Upon realization, it was brought to the attention of ncix, who started an inquiry with Canadapost, and sent a new one to this young man. It just so happened, that Canadapost reimbursed NCIX, but failed to pick up the old case, so our young hero was left with 2! He put one to good use for over a year, but was becoming tired of it and the space the two took up. So, he swore to all that is holy and made of chocolate that he would sell the good one, and turn the damaged one into the mother of all Define XLs...kind of anyway.

This is where our journey begins. Being lazy, I didn't want to go through the trouble of photographing the damaged area, but needless to say, the foot is bent inwards and there is a definite swagger in its walk. No, that can't be right. It just leans.

I'm not gonna delve into my plan, because I don't have one and I'm making it up as I go along. Now, I feel like this introduction paragraph has delved on for too long, so onto some beauty shots.

What we're working with, lifted straight from the Fractal Design site...awwwww yeeaaaaa

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More to come...
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Are you gonna paint a fractal design on it? rolleyes.gif
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I can say, with nigh on no doubt, that would make my head explode.
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post #6 of 37
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I accomplished some actual legitimate work today! This is bizarre.

One of my biggest complaints with the case is that although it is very large and roomy, the excessive number of HDD cages and the different compartments don't complement each other. I have no need for that many 3.5 inch drives, and due to the compartmentalization the second 140mm fan on the bottom is useless. Well, I don't like useless.

And so, the trusty drill was whipped out.

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And I started attacking rivets. We quickly went from this:

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To this:

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Shmexyyy, that's how I like it. One large, single compartment, with an excessive amount of cooling.

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The two 140 MM fans that came with the case, both fitted to the front. I did swing to Canada Computers today and picked up a TY-140 and a Scythe Kaze Maru 2, but due to the way the mountings on this worked, they didn't fit. The TY-140 was too large, and the Scythe was the wrong shape (rounded corners). I could've made the Scythe stay with some double-sided tape, but it was 800rpm and didn't push enough air for my liking.

I also removed the stupid 180mm fan from the top. I never felt much air being blown from it, and there just wasn't room up there with my D14. So, it went too. Now look at all the venting on the back of the case.

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You can see the clips here:

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Now, tomorrow I'm gonna fix the structural damage to the case, and pop over to Canada Computers to see if I can find anything fun. smile.gif
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post #7 of 37
that that looks nice...love the case btw...
btw theirs nothing wrong in being cheap, its how you turn cheap into awesomness that counts smile.gif
post #8 of 37
That's a really nice case. I love the layout and style. I might pick one of these up in the future.
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Subbed. I love your writing style. The case is awesome too.
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Subbed also......
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