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I'll just use the side vent. Actually, now that I think about it, I believe that top vent is already blocked from the inside by Fractal's ModuVent system. According to their website:

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This is a cover fitted with noise absorbing material, mounted in the side panel fan hole, allowing the user to choose between an optimal low noise level, having the cover mounted or optimal airflow by removing the cover and mounting a fan for intake.

Here's a diagram as well:

So I think it is already protected.

 

Also, to everyone here, the Define Mini comes with two fans. Based on my intended usage, spec, and the fact I'll be overclocking, can I get away with two fans, or should I get a third.
If I need a third, which should I get? Right now I'm looking at the Bitfenix Spectre and NZXT FN-120. Preference?

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doh.gif I must have missed that.
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I dont get how the prodigy is small? I've got a full watercool loop inside mine and a GTX 680.. lol. Unless you use the extra PCI-E slots, which I dont, then ITX is the right way to go. I know you said you don't want it because it's too small, but I think you'd be much happier with it in the end.

 

It's the perfect dorm (or in my case, Army barracks, same thing though really) case.

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I dont get how the prodigy is small? I've got a full watercool loop inside mine and a GTX 680.. lol. Unless you use the extra PCI-E slots, which I dont, then ITX is the right way to go. I know you said you don't want it because it's too small, but I think you'd be much happier with it in the end.

 

It's the perfect dorm (or in my case, Army barracks, same thing though really) case.

 

Personal choice, basically.

post #95 of 101
As much as I love my Prodigy, there are people who don't like it and I feel bad that a lot of Prodigy owners are shoving it down people's throats in a lot of threads I'm reading. The OP specifically stated he didn't want the Prodigy, so let's make an effort to not mention it in this thread again.

Going back to the topic, if you can find a desk that will "enclose" your case, you shouldn't have to worry about others doing funky stuff on it. Something like this:


As for the fans I would go for the NZXT fans as they push just a little bit more air. The Bitfenix Spectres are pretty quiet, but they also don't push much air. I had 2 Spectres that came with my Prodigy and they were the first thing to go because I barely felt any air movement even at full speed. I replaced them with Gentle Typhoons and it really made a big difference.
    
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post #96 of 101
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As I always recommend with the "case for college" threads, build a sleeper (eg, decent rig in an ordinary, even old-looking case).
Nice things have a way of being destroyed or stolen in dorms, so unless you're living off campus or 110% sure this isn't going to be messed with - I'll stick by my suggestion.

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This. It has a high chance of being broken or stolen, so why advertise that it is worth money?

Agreed with both of these, I would look at something like:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815004

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815014

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815015
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Going back to the topic, if you can find a desk that will "enclose" your case, you shouldn't have to worry about others doing funky stuff on it. Something like this:

If only I could frown.gif  Unfortunately, I am planning this out for use at college, so more than likely I won't have a great deal of control of my desk layout. That's why I decided to go with mATX. It gives me a smaller footprint, which is a positive since it will be in a dorm room. But it still provides a ATX level feature set. And the cases are much similar to ATX cases, which is what I'm used to.

 

In case anyone cares, here are a couple of base dorm room layouts at NC State (my first choice):

 

 

 

 

The rest of the dorms' plans can be found here.

post #98 of 101
Just get one with room for atx if you plan on reusing your case.
Don't limit your choices to just those 3, there might be other cases out there that would fit your needs. Check if there's a case that is on sale right now and try to squeeze out some savings.

Personally I would go with a bitfenix prodigy just because of how compact it is and the amount of cooling potential you have in such a small package.
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So, it looks like I'm going to be going with the Fractal Design Define Mini, an Asus P8Z77-M mobo, and an NZXT FN-120 for additional cooling. Final thoughts?

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So, it looks like I'm going to be going with the Fractal Design Define Mini, an Asus P8Z77-M mobo, and an NZXT FN-120 for additional cooling. Final thoughts?

Sounds good to me. I'm using a micro-atx in a full tower... and I am on the same boat as you... lol. anyhow. those sound good.
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