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post #12411 of 16068
heya fractal peeps, got a question to field with regards to my upcoming build. been looking at a few matx options and pretty much narrowed it down to the Define Mini or Arc Mini r2. no doubt lots of you have experience with one of both of these cases, so i'd appreciate any input you could offer. basically my rig will be a fairly low powered affair - mainly for browsing, music, downloads. i'll likely use the onboard i5 graphics or sticking in my old 4850 until i get a new gpu, which might not be for a while. other components will be 2 x 3.5 inch drives (both 7200rpm), 1 x SSD, an optical drive (for music and burning) and a pci-e soundcard. my PSU is a nice corsair hx620 i'm recycling from the old system (overkill i know). mobo will be a H97 series, i won't be doing any overclocking and will be using the stock CPU cooler.

the main problem i have with the arc mini is all the mesh on the top/front combined with the foam dust filters and not a big fan of windows. this looks like a nightmare to maintain, especially the top mesh. if anyone can comment on how easy it is to keep clean over longer periods i'd really appreciate it. the positive is that the case undoubtedly has great airflow, even in stock form. now the define i prefer the look of, the power button is a lot nicer (though will need to mod the bright LED) and the top isn't totally open so will be a lot easier to clean. my main concern with that case is temperatures, namely hdd temps as it seems to have restricted air flow due to the door (benchmarks confirm this). should this really be a concern with the lack of hardware i'll have running in the case? it seems like it would be enough, but i could put the back fan in the second front slot and get something fancier for the exhaust to improve things. that would be about as far as i'd want to go with messing with the case, aside from maybe opening the top vent as an extra spot for warm air to escape.

so i guess it comes down to whether the cooling in the define mini really that bad and is external dust cleaning annoying with the arc. the idea of hard drives getting too hot in the define mini (though the SSD will be the system drive) worries me a little, especially if the system is left on all the time. seems like plenty of people are using the case as a file server/HTPC though. if anyone is able to chime in i'd be most grateful smile.gif
post #12412 of 16068
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Originally Posted by Hanks View Post

heya fractal peeps, got a question to field with regards to my upcoming build. been looking at a few matx options and pretty much narrowed it down to the Define Mini or Arc Mini r2. no doubt lots of you have experience with one of both of these cases, so i'd appreciate any input you could offer. basically my rig will be a fairly low powered affair - mainly for browsing, music, downloads. i'll likely use the onboard i5 graphics or sticking in my old 4850 until i get a new gpu, which might not be for a while. other components will be 2 x 3.5 inch drives (both 7200rpm), 1 x SSD, an optical drive (for music and burning) and a pci-e soundcard. my PSU is a nice corsair hx620 i'm recycling from the old system (overkill i know). mobo will be a H97 series, i won't be doing any overclocking and will be using the stock CPU cooler.

the main problem i have with the arc mini is all the mesh on the top/front combined with the foam dust filters and not a big fan of windows. this looks like a nightmare to maintain, especially the top mesh. if anyone can comment on how easy it is to keep clean over longer periods i'd really appreciate it. the positive is that the case undoubtedly has great airflow, even in stock form. now the define i prefer the look of, the power button is a lot nicer (though will need to mod the bright LED) and the top isn't totally open so will be a lot easier to clean. my main concern with that case is temperatures, namely hdd temps as it seems to have restricted air flow due to the door (benchmarks confirm this). should this really be a concern with the lack of hardware i'll have running in the case? it seems like it would be enough, but i could put the back fan in the second front slot and get something fancier for the exhaust to improve things. that would be about as far as i'd want to go with messing with the case, aside from maybe opening the top vent as an extra spot for warm air to escape.

so i guess it comes down to whether the cooling in the define mini really that bad and is external dust cleaning annoying with the arc. the idea of hard drives getting too hot in the define mini (though the SSD will be the system drive) worries me a little, especially if the system is left on all the time. seems like plenty of people are using the case as a file server/HTPC though. if anyone is able to chime in i'd be most grateful smile.gif

If you have fans in the top then its not a big deal as dust wont settle. You can remove the mesh as well.
post #12413 of 16068
BIG UPDATE!

Both the ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme & ASUS X99-E WS motherboards fit in the define R5 :=)

pics of the R5E http://www.diskusjon.no/uploads/monthly_03_2015/post-61603-0-70073400-1426982808.jpg
post #12414 of 16068
They are the same size as the r4e and r4be,no surprise...
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5960X Rampage V Extreme KFA² GTX 980Ti HOF Watercooled Kingston HyperX HX426C13PB2K4/16 
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G.Skill TridentZ F4-3200C14Q-32GTZ Kingston v300 Intel SSD 535 EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel 
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EK-Coostream XE 360 EK-Vardar F4-120ER EK-XRES 140 D5 Vario (incl. pump) Win10 / Win 8.1 / Win 7 / Linux Mint 
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Dell U2515H Ducky Channel Shine III MX black - white LED /... Enermax Platimax 1000w dimastech easy v3 
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G.Skill TridentZ F4-3200C14Q-32GTZ Kingston v300 Intel SSD 535 EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel 
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EK-Coostream XE 360 EK-Vardar F4-120ER EK-XRES 140 D5 Vario (incl. pump) Win10 / Win 8.1 / Win 7 / Linux Mint 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Ducky Channel Shine III MX black - white LED /... Enermax Platimax 1000w dimastech easy v3 
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post #12415 of 16068
Well, that was a useful answer..

If you got the R5 for yourself you can see that the metall for the wires etc er in a angle, so i may not fit. not everybody knew that these mobos would fit either.
post #12416 of 16068
Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl

I bought this case and i had to share my love for it

i was able to get thsi case from ncix online for 79.99 on sale and was in need for a case that my 2 year old could not mess with and would meet my cooling and overclocking needs

well i found it to be the best case i have ever owned it has lots of space inside and cooling is the name of the game with 140mm fans all over the place on this unit it dose very well to keep things cool thumb.gif 6 fans able to be put in this case 140mm not 120mm Sweet:thumb:

now water cooling space i have a dual rad and it fits nice on the top of the case for awsome venting of heat works great no performance increas but fits nice

wire management cant see a wire in the case at all just where they plug into the board thumb.gif


Sound suppression awesome even gaming it is pretty silent still is noise but not alot but when it is idle you cant even tell it is running Fantastic

Look it is a solid out side shell which makes it really child proof i love it no more pecils in my fans HAHAHAHA


overall the case really good for what i needed and i hope that any one that is looking for a child proof and nice cool case will give it a chance

By the way it is a huge case alot bigger then most not a compact design at all you need alot of space for it but worth the investment thumb.gif
post #12417 of 16068
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Originally Posted by Boydwazup View Post

Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl

I bought this case and i had to share my love for it

i was able to get thsi case from ncix online for 79.99 on sale and was in need for a case that my 2 year old could not mess with and would meet my cooling and overclocking needs

well i found it to be the best case i have ever owned it has lots of space inside and cooling is the name of the game with 140mm fans all over the place on this unit it dose very well to keep things cool thumb.gif 6 fans able to be put in this case 140mm not 120mm Sweet:thumb:

now water cooling space i have a dual rad and it fits nice on the top of the case for awsome venting of heat works great no performance increas but fits nice

wire management cant see a wire in the case at all just where they plug into the board thumb.gif


Sound suppression awesome even gaming it is pretty silent still is noise but not alot but when it is idle you cant even tell it is running Fantastic

Look it is a solid out side shell which makes it really child proof i love it no more pecils in my fans HAHAHAHA


overall the case really good for what i needed and i hope that any one that is looking for a child proof and nice cool case will give it a chance

By the way it is a huge case alot bigger then most not a compact design at all you need alot of space for it but worth the investment thumb.gif

Wait until your 2y old figures out how to open and play with the front door biggrin.gif Good bye front door, front filter and pencils in the fans again tongue.gif

It's not a big case, cases used to be even bigger, maybe not as wide but were longer and higher in this segment. Sure nowadays you can buy the cheapo thin metal cases that are tiny and rattle like a snake.
post #12418 of 16068
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Originally Posted by JackCY View Post

Wait until your 2y old figures out how to open and play with the front door biggrin.gif Good bye front door, front filter and pencils in the fans again tongue.gif

It's not a big case, cases used to be even bigger, maybe not as wide but were longer and higher in this segment. Sure nowadays you can buy the cheapo thin metal cases that are tiny and rattle like a snake.

Yeah the front door has not interested the 2 year old yet i don't think she knows that the front door opens i have been mindful to not open it when she is around biggrin.gif

as to the size I have always purchsed cool master cases as the cost is low quality was not too bad, But this case was much larger then i thought it was it seems not that big but when you do a side by side comparrison to other cases it is on the bigger size and Ladies size does matter LOL thumb.gif
post #12419 of 16068
I own a Define R5, and I've looked at all of the technical drawings that Alphacool has for their NexXxos radiators (as well as the published specifications), and based on the measurements, the following come down to tenths of a millimeter:

1.Will a UT60 280mm radiator fit in the front of the Define R5 with the optical drive bays still in place (with ports on the top side)? I suspect that it's very snug, and may require a gasket (3-4mm) so that the ports on the end can fit into the slots that are for the pegs of the HDD cages.
2.Will a XT45 280mm radiator fit in the front of the Define R5 with the optical drive bays still in place (with ports on the top side)? I suspect that this one won't, as the thickness added by the plugs on the end should make it just a tad too long.
post #12420 of 16068
A 240 will for sure fit in this case. Here is a link to an R4, but they should be very similar for visual purposes. A long graphics card or watercooling with the hard drive cages will be almost impossible however for a pump mount other than a bay device.





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