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[Build Log] Fractal Design Define Mini, i5-3570k, Maximus V Gene, PWM low RPM fans

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I'm not going to be doing anything fancy for appearance, but thought this may be worth creating a log to share my first experience trying all PWM fans for software control instead of a fan controller. The components are also relatively new:D Here's the list of stuff, and I included after tax & shipping prices since I'm often curious when viewing other build logs. I'm in US and had to order everything online.

Case: Fractal Design Define Mini $110 4/25/2012
Motherboard: Asus Rampage V Gene $208 4/21/2012
Power Supply: Kingwin Stryker 500-watt ATX fanless $159 4/28/2012
Processor: Intel 3570k (Ivy Bridge) $229 5/2/2012
Heat Sink: Thermaltake 1156 (may replace fan) $35 5/1/2012
Ram: 8gb Samsung 30nm PC3 12800 $41.85 5/2/2012
5.25" bay: Quiet Blu Ray Writer $120 4/25/2012
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 256gb SSD $329 5/1/2012
Fans: 2x XIGMATEK PWM 1300rpm 140mm $54.60 5/1/2012
Thermal Paste: forgot to order so my plan to build has been delayed about a week. d'oh!
Subtotal: $1,287
Fans: Will likely order 2x more pwm's after testing. $30 to $50
GPU: Am waiting until 680's are in stock & market repriced. Right now top two choices are Palit GTX 680 and Powercolor pcs+ 7950 (7950 is enough for me). Am not considering cards that have not been rated/reviewed below 30 dBa when idle and 40 dBa at load, ~$400 to $500
Estimated Total $1,800

I have been assembling as parts arrive (though may un-assemble to install processor), and realized something tonight. Since I'm only using a single 256gb ssd, I could remove the bottom hard drive tray for double front fans. I've never removed rivets before, but have a decent power screwdriver (I'd be setup to attempt water cooling some day too). Anyone advice trying to remove them? I'm not all that handy, but the OC guide makes it look easy.

Here is a pic so far, I'd be removing the metal hard drive bracket on the bottom right:

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Zoom in of the rivets:
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Other Side of rivet:
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Edited by avaya - 5/3/12 at 5:34am
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post #2 of 10
Nice build there.

How is that case is there good room to make cable management really neat i am looking to get one and build my sig rig
    
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that is an excellent guide for removing rivets. Its the one i used to tear my case apart. I painted the drive trays in my case along with a few plastic parts. you can check out my log if you want to see the results. (I'm wishing i had done the mb tray, tho it wont be very visible so i guess its fine) One thing tho, make sure you have a 9/64" drill bit, almost all case rivets are 1/8" Thats what i used, worked like a charm. Pay attention to clearance around the rivets you want to remove, you may have to partially or entirely disassemble your case to get to the necessary rivets. If that's the case, you will need rivets and a rivet gun to reassemble your case. They're pretty cheap, i think i picked up a gun and 500 piece set for 20-25 bucks. Of course those are aluminum rivets, anodized black ones will be more expensive.
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I'm looking into building a similar setup. Would a H60 fit in this case? I'm also going with the same mobo, same cpu and probably a 680.
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Nice build there.
How is that case is there good room to make cable management really neat i am looking to get one and build my sig rig
I am happy with it. The reviews I've read on it complain about there not being enough space for cables behind the motherboard (they want more depth I think). I have not noticed a problem with that so far. Almost all of the cables that attach to the case (fan/power button/reset button/hdd light/etc) are sleeved cables. I have not bought a case in quite a while so don't really know how this compares to others on the market, but I'm very happy with it so far.
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I'm looking into building a similar setup. Would a H60 fit in this case? I'm also going with the same mobo, same cpu and probably a 680.

Yes, definitely. see here. I think it could also be attached from the top with back exhaust... but h60 on back with top exhaust (like in the link) probably best.

Everything has now arrived, but I forgot thermal paste! Am going to be waiting another 4 or 5 days before update.
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Nice i will get this case this weekend... Also do you have the H60 as exhaust or Intake?
    
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Could you post some more pictures of the case? How is the front? I tought the front was brushed aluminium, but apparently it's not. I'm trying to decide between this or a 600T, I really like both cases. Did someone already make a define mini clear sidepanel mod?
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Could you post some more pictures of the case? How is the front? I tought the front was brushed aluminium, but apparently it's not. I'm trying to decide between this or a 600T, I really like both cases. Did someone already make a define mini clear sidepanel mod?

You do know that the 600t is an ATX case right? I guess it supports mATX aswell, but size wise it's bigger than the Arc Mini.
Edited by Klunker17 - 7/11/12 at 12:40pm
post #9 of 10
Nice build, but your motherboard is a MAXIMUS V GENE. smile.gif
post #10 of 10
if you need to pop the rivets off, just grab an 1/8" drill bit and drill into the center of the rivet until the head is just about ready to come off, then just grab some pliers and wiggle it from the back side and it will come off.
the reason i say not to drill all the way through is to avoid scratching the case if you slip, or accidentally enlarging the hole.

also you need to knock out that center pin with something like a "punch". otherwise you it might take awhile to drill out.
     
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Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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