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I purchased a Fractal Design 1000 mATX case yesterday for my budget build (listed in Sig) being mistaken about some of the specs on the case. First off, it can't fit a decent sized CPU Cooler so it would cost me a fortune to buy a decent low profile one. Secondly, it can't fit full size graphics cards unless you don't install HDD's, which wasn't specifically listed on their website. It says it can fit up to 360mm cards but it's actually only 210mm (bit over 8") w/ HDD's installed. I'm thinking it may be better to either just return it or save it for a different build.

I REALLY wanted to use as small of a case as possible so it will fit on my desk nicely and not be so ridiculously noticeable. I would like to keep it as cheap as possible but am open to buying expensive ones such as the Silverstone Sugo's which come w/ PSUs included since I can sell my AX750 for $130 or so. If a Micro Atx case isn't possibly going to work for this build, let me know so I can stop wasting time with it. lol


My Requirements:

160mm+ Cooler Limit to fit Hyper 212 Evo

Full Size Gfx Card Compatibility for at least 1 but preferably 2 cards in case of future SLI.

Room for at least 2x 3.5" HDD's


What do you guys think?

Thanks for the help!
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A mATX case can't fit the Hyper 212 Evo, so, in that way you will have to go with ATX case as HAF 922 or similar, NZXT have good options for a good price in that segment.
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by saint19 View Post

A mATX case can't fit the Hyper 212 Evo, so, in that way you will have to go with ATX case as HAF 922 or similar, NZXT have good options for a good price in that segment.

Or he could check out the Cooler Master HAF 912? It is quiet large, and it definitely fits everything he needs. I myself have it, with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (the precursor to the Evo), a GTX 570, and I have plenty of hard drive bays. And, if you look hard enough, it can be found for less than $60. It may not be the prettiest, but it doesn't look bad, is really cheap, and supports a rather large system.

I found it for $50 if you buy today. And you can trust NCIX, I used them to get my HAF 912 and my Hyper 212 and they have great shipping time on free shipping, and some pretty good prices.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by ./Cy4n1d3\. View Post

Or he could check out the Cooler Master HAF 912? It is quiet large, and it definitely fits everything he needs. I myself have it, with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (the precursor to the Evo), a GTX 570, and I have plenty of hard drive bays. And, if you look hard enough, it can be found for less than $60. It may not be the prettiest, but it doesn't look bad, is really cheap, and supports a rather large system.
I found it for $50 if you buy today. And you can trust NCIX, I used them to get my HAF 912 and my Hyper 212 and they have great shipping time on free shipping, and some pretty good prices.

The difference between 212 + and 212 Evo is the contact surface to the CPU and the fan that comes with it.
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The difference between 212 + and 212 Evo is the contact surface to the CPU and the fan that comes with it.

Yeah, they redesigned how the heatpipes are arranged on top of the processor, and the fan is different. However, the performance is pretty close, and more importantly for this instance, they have basically the same dimensions.
post #6 of 7
How about the NZXT Vulcan? 170mm cooler support and can fit large graphics cards. Almost bought one myself. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065 . Newegg seems to be sold out atm, but I'm sure there are other places to buy them.
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A mATX build is definitely possible! This case may not suite your space requirement in it's stock form, but if you want to make it work you can. I have seen HDDs mounted on their side and screwed to that cage that's in the front of the Core 1000.

Since you have 2 HDDs, and this case only has 2 x 5.25" bays, mounting the HDDs in the 2 bays would get them out of the way. Though, this would take up both drive bays, so if you wanted a blu-ray or res you're space is already taken...

My advice: Seeing that you need a little more depth to the case to fit a full sized graphics card, as well as HDD mounts, I would recommend the Fractal Design Arc Mini Black.

Case Dimensions: Core 1000 -16.54" x 6.89" x 13.98" (length, width, height) vs. Arc Mini - 19.06" x 8.27" x 15.84"

The Arc Mini will accommodate a full sized graphics card , you can mount you HDDs in a nice caddy, and still have 2 x 5.25" bays open for use.

The Arc Mini is $100. This is just another Frac case, I would recommend others but I figured you want a Frac.

Just my 2cents.gif. Keep us updated on your decision, and hopefully we'll be seeing a build log soon! thumb.gif
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