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Poll Results: Which case do you prefer?

 
  • 12% (3)
    Fractal Design Define Mini
  • 41% (10)
    Fractal Design Arc Mini
  • 12% (3)
    Fractal Design Core 1000
  • 33% (8)
    Silverstone TJ08-E
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I am going to be upgrading to a Z77 mATX motherboard at launch and accordingly would like to find a new mATX case to house my main PC. I have narrowed my selection down to a few choices and wanted to hear some opinions/experiences from our wonderful community.

Here are my choices:
Fractal Design Define Mini
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352011
Fractal Design Arc Mini
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352008
Fractal Design Core 1000 (I'd have to mod this puppy, but I already have an Antec 300 to work on... tongue.gif)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009
Silverstone TJ08-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163182

My main criteria are:
-Thoughtful design with decent cable management
-Accommodation for an Antec Kuhler 620
-Affinity for a silent design (Stock fans are not important, I have a stable of fans)
-Sharp looker

Cost is not an issue, but I am bummed that I missed the Define Mini Shell-Shocker deal a week or two ago... Bleh.

Thanks for any input.
    
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480GB Crucial M500 Windows 10 Pro Dell Ultrasharp u2713hm Corsair Vengeance K70 
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post #2 of 16
No LIAN LI PC-A04B? Could use the top exhaust fan for that Kuhler 620... I'd personally go with the Arc Mini as it has great potential, and the door on the Define Mini would bug me - as a side note, wonder if anyone has considered doing a flipped motherboard mod on that Core 1000, i.e. cutting out the bottom PCI slots, placing the PSU there, and modding the PSU area for PCI slots... hmm
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Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
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Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
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post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I find the PC-A04B, as with most Lian Li designs, to be outdated and ugly tongue.gif (And generally over an acceptable price point except when on sale) But thanks for the input and constructive thought smile.gif
Edited by staryoshi - 2/19/12 at 4:39pm
    
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Intel Core i7 6700HQ nVidia GTX 965m 16GB DDR4-2133 120GB M.2.SSD 
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480GB Crucial M500 Windows 10 Pro Dell Ultrasharp u2713hm Corsair Vengeance K70 
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Logitech G600 Creative T20 
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480GB Crucial M500 Windows 10 Pro Dell Ultrasharp u2713hm Corsair Vengeance K70 
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post #4 of 16
I would say go for the Fractal Design Arc Mini. I think it looks nice and clean, has good cable management, and can support 2 240mm radiators and a 120mm radiator.
post #5 of 16
Antec Mini P180.
Such a timeless design, the king after so many years.
Vibrant Curiosity
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
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Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
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2500K Maximus IV GENE-Z 2x Galaxy 570 SLI Adata 1600 8GB (4x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Force GT 120 & Seagate 1TB 7200 Lite-On Blu-ray combo 620 + 2x Akasa Viper Windows 7 HP 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
U2711 Majestouch Ninja Tenkeyless Brown X-760 Mini P180 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G400 QcK Heavy Westone 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 160 GB 5400rpm 
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Mac OSX 10.6 13.3" 1,280 × 800 
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post #6 of 16
I have to vote for the Core 1000... But of course I am a bit biased rolleyes.gif

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i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
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i5 2500K (Watercooled) ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe EVGA GTX 670 (Watercooled) Corsair Dominator Platinum  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Western Digital Scorpio Black Crucial M4  Custom Loop Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM Dell 19 Inch  Cooler Master Quick Fire TK/Stealth  Silverstone ST45SF-G 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Compact Splash R.A.T. 7 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD  Audio Technica ATH-M50 
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post #7 of 16
Arc Mini! Mine should be here tomorrow!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 6700K Asus Maximus VIII Gene Asus GTX 980Ti Strix OC Corsair CMD16GX4M4B3000C15 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Western Digital Black WD4003FZEX Lite On Blu-Ray/DVD Burner Custom CPU loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro X64 Crossover 2795 QHD Logitech Keyboard K120 Corsair AX 850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Arc Mini Logitech G502 Proteus Core Steelseries 9HD Schiit Bifrost Uber, Asgard 2, KRK Systems Roki... 
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Intel I7 6700K Asus Maximus VIII Gene Asus GTX 980Ti Strix OC Corsair CMD16GX4M4B3000C15 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Western Digital Black WD4003FZEX Lite On Blu-Ray/DVD Burner Custom CPU loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro X64 Crossover 2795 QHD Logitech Keyboard K120 Corsair AX 850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Arc Mini Logitech G502 Proteus Core Steelseries 9HD Schiit Bifrost Uber, Asgard 2, KRK Systems Roki... 
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post #8 of 16
Cooler Master Elite 341.
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[i5 2500k] [ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M] [EVGA GTX 560] [Kingston HyperX 8GB] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[Samsung F4 320gb] [Lite-On 24x Combo] [Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit] [Samsung SyncMaster 941bw] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[Microsft ANB-00001] [SeaSonic 520w M12II] [ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Box] [Logitech G700] 
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[Walmart Brand - Cloth Black] 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[Samsung F4 320gb] [Lite-On 24x Combo] [Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit] [Samsung SyncMaster 941bw] 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
[Microsft ANB-00001] [SeaSonic 520w M12II] [ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Box] [Logitech G700] 
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post #9 of 16
Either the Silverstone or the arc midi. Only define I would get is the titanium grey. Black just look so dull.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
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post #10 of 16
being that you are a GPU person:) i'm sure you can appreciate the superior GPU cooling offered by the inverted mobo mount design in the TJ08-E. gravity is actually helping the heatpipes instead of fighting against it in an inverted mobo mount.
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