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I have removed the plastic bracket but can't seem to put the screws in the SSD as I need to reach in through the top to screw the SSD in place.

Those holes won't match an SSD, but you can use velcro to hold the SSD up there.
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Yes as you can see in my avatar all those cages and plastic can be unscrewed. You will need a small screwdriver to get into the 5.25" cage to remove the screws. Holes are of all types there but none probably match drives more than at 1 point. You could drill new ones if you want to use screws. I just use 3M kind of velcro or velcro to attach SSD. I have mine on the bottom of the case.
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I'm using the Fractal Design Define Mini case with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD installed on the bottom cage but it vibrates when the drive is working, is there a way to eliminate the vibrations?
Edited by Casterina - 6/27/16 at 6:50am
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Don't mount it hard, don't use the drive cages. Suspend it, or at least velcro it or something that isn't rigid. Most of the time choosing a drive that is quiet and doesn't vibrate is enough but no review site really bothers with those details. My Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm is super quiet but my WD 1TB Green 5400rpm only is the loudest piece of crap ever put into an external plastic enclosure, that thing slows down into low power mode and starts to make hell a lot of noise in it. I've since took it out of the external enclosure to transfer data directly and not be limited by the USB2.0 only since I don't have eSata cable. Really it's a hit or miss with HDDs some are quiet some are loud, you never know. Avoid power saving features on drives.
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Don't mount it hard, don't use the drive cages. Suspend it, or at least velcro it or something that isn't rigid. Most of the time choosing a drive that is quiet and doesn't vibrate is enough but no review site really bothers with those details. My Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm is super quiet but my WD 1TB Green 5400rpm only is the loudest piece of crap ever put into an external plastic enclosure, that thing slows down into low power mode and starts to make hell a lot of noise in it. I've since took it out of the external enclosure to transfer data directly and not be limited by the USB2.0 only since I don't have eSata cable. Really it's a hit or miss with HDDs some are quiet some are loud, you never know. Avoid power saving features on drives.
I haven't tighten the screws on the tray as it still has some room to be screwed in but it is not the hard drive that is the problem as I used to have the Corsair 230T case which didn't have any hard drive vibrations issues so I think it is the HDD cage/tray design of the Fractal case.
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Wow. That's just way too much molding for me. I'm guessing the same could be said for the other console like itx cases like the Silverstone and the like.

Was kind of hoping with some creative routing of the tubing something like the gigabyte 970 itx would work in the other half.

The tubing will route just fine. The issue is you can't fit the block through the hole where the tubes route through, without doing one or the other (hack or disassemble.)

As I have it now without a GPU, no mods are necessary...other than removing the front USB 3.0 headers, which could possibly still work in a 90 degree angle bend. I didn't bother with that, since I've had issues with them working even when they were completely flat.
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The tubing will route just fine. The issue is you can't fit the block through the hole where the tubes route through, without doing one or the other (hack or disassemble.)

As I have it now without a GPU, no mods are necessary...other than removing the front USB 3.0 headers, which could possibly still work in a 90 degree angle bend. I didn't bother with that, since I've had issues with them working even when they were completely flat.

I think I saw that video you were talking about and in retrospect the modding might not be that bad. I certainly wouldn't take apart the AIO but cutting a bit of that center bar might not be a bad deal. Bit of flex in the case but with top on should strengthen it up just fine.

In the video he was running an r9 nano and it was a tight fit. The 2 itx sized 970s are roughly a half inch or more longer. Might still work ok as with the rad and fan it was under the gpu. The nano's pcie is on the end where the 970s are on the top which might lend it to fitting.
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Noise is always a combination when it comes to the cages. It can resonate with some combinations.
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I think I saw that video you were talking about and in retrospect the modding might not be that bad. I certainly wouldn't take apart the AIO but cutting a bit of that center bar might not be a bad deal. Bit of flex in the case but with top on should strengthen it up just fine.

In the video he was running an r9 nano and it was a tight fit. The 2 itx sized 970s are roughly a half inch or more longer. Might still work ok as with the rad and fan it was under the gpu. The nano's pcie is on the end where the 970s are on the top which might lend it to fitting.

The idea I have would involve cutting only one piece, bending it enough to route the tubing through it, then placing it back and then fastening it back in some way. Welding would be a last resort. A shim, a drill press and a couple of rivets might work. But that doesn't lend itself to easy removal of the AIO. I'd be essentially wedded to it for a few years, until the pump dies. Which is going to happen. It's not a question of if, but when.

Another idea is a replacement support bar, which would have to hook onto both sides, which could allow for easy installation and removal as well as provide the strength the case deserves to have...without the lid on. When you're working on it, replacing a motherboard or whatever, it wouldn't be fun to have the case flexing on you.

I'm going to be looking for deals on Mini GPUs. I don't think a Nano is in the cards unless the market just falls out on the Fiji parts over the next few months. A Gigabyte Mini 960 might fit. The Fry's closest to me has them in stock. I'm just not that interested in an Nvidia part right now. I have a TITAN X in my main rig, and the entire concept behind my HTPC / streaming / gaming box was to go all AMD.
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The idea I have would involve cutting only one piece, bending it enough to route the tubing through it, then placing it back and then fastening it back in some way. Welding would be a last resort. A shim, a drill press and a couple of rivets might work. But that doesn't lend itself to easy removal of the AIO. I'd be essentially wedded to it for a few years, until the pump dies. Which is going to happen. It's not a question of if, but when.

Another idea is a replacement support bar, which would have to hook onto both sides, which could allow for easy installation and removal as well as provide the strength the case deserves to have...without the lid on. When you're working on it, replacing a motherboard or whatever, it wouldn't be fun to have the case flexing on you.

I'm going to be looking for deals on Mini GPUs. I don't think a Nano is in the cards unless the market just falls out on the Fiji parts over the next few months. A Gigabyte Mini 960 might fit. The Fry's closest to me has them in stock. I'm just not that interested in an Nvidia part right now. I have a TITAN X in my main rig, and the entire concept behind my HTPC / streaming / gaming box was to go all AMD.

Exactly my thoughts on the nano. As cool as it would be it's just too pricey for what I'm looking at.

I'm still in the maybe phase for all of this anyway. I do ha e a line on an itx 1150 mobo for 40 bucks. Thinking of piecing it together with deals on pieces I can get.
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