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I know it's not the case you are looking for, but they do make a white PS07
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Yep, I've already seen it. I like the size and the 2 x 120mm intake fans, but I'm still not a fan of the overall design.
    
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Hello all,

Sorry for the late responses.
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Cant wait to see that beastly cooler inside that case biggrin.gif

Haha, me too. Especially with the 7970 DirectCU II cooler right underneath it (I unwrapped that thing today, it's a right beast, a high quality one at that -- makes it feel worth its price, even though I bought mine *just* before the price cuts rolleyes.gif).
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would have gone with a TJ08-E personally, but the mini is also a nice choice. would be a fairly beastly yet quiet machine either way.

Thanks for the suggestion but I don't like the looks of the TJ08-E. It's okay internally with the 180°-rotated motherboard and single big intake fan, but IMO, the Define Mini is in a different league on the outside.
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would also recommend you look into 8 gig sticks instead of 4 gig sticks. more future expandability if you decide to get into vid editing and better thermal solution in the mean time.

I thought about that before buying 4 x 4 GB. While going 2 x 8 GB instead would have left 2 free slots, I can't be sure the exact same sticks will be available in the future, should I decide to buy some more. My OCDs wouldn't approve of mixing different brands / (stock) speeds / (stock) timings -- even if it would work just fine biggrin.gif. Also, I know it's weird, but filling all slots gives a sense of accomplishment.
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Originally Posted by staryoshi View Post

If they made a white define mini, that would have been the mATX case for me! Keep the pics coming! smile.gif

Will do.

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Update:

The i7-2600 arrived today. Second hand from a nice german seller on eBay, impeccably packed.

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Still waiting for the PSU and monitor. They should arrive by 25 april smile.gif.
Edited by Roman2K - 4/23/12 at 12:20pm
    
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Intel Core i7-2600 Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Corsair XMS3 (16 GB) 
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Intel 330 (180 GB) × 2 Thermalright HR-02 Windows 7 BenQ XL2420T 
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Xenta Super Compact Wireless UK Keyboard Seasonic X-560 Fractal Design Define Mini Roccat Pyra 
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Intel 330 (180 GB) × 2 Thermalright HR-02 Windows 7 BenQ XL2420T 
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Xenta Super Compact Wireless UK Keyboard Seasonic X-560 Fractal Design Define Mini Roccat Pyra 
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Little update: bad luck... I'm waiting for things to settle before properly updating the main post with pictures.

Monitor
Last week, the XL2420T arrived. It had a dead pixel. Less importantly, but noteworthy: not impressed with the colors (adjusted from stock), depth of blacks, viewing angles, didn't manage to choose 1080p@120 Hz. I'm in the process of returning it to Amazon, entailing hefty shipping fees which I really hope they're going to refund (France to Spain, 10 kg = 47€ outbound).

I ordered the Samsung S23A750D. Received it late last week. To me, it's night and day compared to the BenQ. No dead pixels. All shiny and glossy (for the better) bringing vibrant colors, deep blacks, unfettered whites (no matte coating), zero-config 120 Hz. Extremely happy with this purchase. Finally a monitor I like (love)!

Graphics card
Issues came up shortly after mounting it:
  • Covers the top row of SATA ports, the only 6 Gbits/s ones. A right angle connector doesn't fit underneath the card. I had to plug the SSD into a 3 Gbits/s port. I should have anticipated this rolleyes.gif.
  • Artifacts (may not be the proper term): I'm almost certain the card is the culprit. ASUS "support" didn't help at all mad.gif.
  • Once it stops sending a signal to the display, it won't send a proper signal again. The result is that once the display goes into sleep, it won't wake up. Restart required. Same thing under both Windows and Linux. Other people have the same problem on the AMD forums. No one from AMD has answered.
  • A few days later, I learned that card had been stolen by the seller I bought it from, now the police is investigating and I may not get to keep it (and a refund still up in the air at this point mad.gif).

Case / MB
Something I should have anticipated: no USB 3.0 support whereas the case has a front panel USB 3.0 port that should be connected to an internal 20-pin header. I bought a PCI-E USB 3.0 adapter with only an internal header.

Anyway
Regardless of these bumps in the road, I'm happy with what I've seen out if this PC so far:
  • Beautiful picture quality. Eye-soothing 120 Hz smoothness.
  • Very enjoyable gaming experience: BF3, CoD: Black Ops and Anno 2070 so far.
  • Really fast compile times in Linux. The 8 threads shine with make -j8, especially off a tmpfs.
  • 16 GB of RAM is a treat, gives me peace of mind and flexibility when assigning tmpfs partitions and while allocating RAM for VMs.
  • Everything in silence.

Here's what the internals looks like for now:
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(The blue cable toward the right is the front panel USB 3.0 port cable that's not plugged in yet.)

EDIT: Main post edited to reflect this update.
Edited by Roman2K - 5/6/12 at 5:46am
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600 Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Corsair XMS3 (16 GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel 330 (180 GB) × 2 Thermalright HR-02 Windows 7 BenQ XL2420T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Xenta Super Compact Wireless UK Keyboard Seasonic X-560 Fractal Design Define Mini Roccat Pyra 
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Intel Core i7-2600 Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Corsair XMS3 (16 GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel 330 (180 GB) × 2 Thermalright HR-02 Windows 7 BenQ XL2420T 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Xenta Super Compact Wireless UK Keyboard Seasonic X-560 Fractal Design Define Mini Roccat Pyra 
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