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1. The amount of venting in your case can have a huge impact on cooling, particularly around the CPU area. If you have fan mounts here that are blocked up, unblock them.

2. Generally, all other things being equal, it’s better to get hot air out of your case than to pump cool air in, particularly when it comes to CPU cooling.

3. If you have a roof mount that’s located nearer the front of the case than the CPU cooler, leave it open. Fitting a fan here only causes problems.

I don't agree with this as it goes against positive pressure airflow and would cause more dust in the case. Then again the R3 is not a good case for positive flow. With two different cases now I've use top mounted intakes, blocked other fan mounts and achieved better temps with less dust. 2cents.gif
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post #2082 of 16053
If you have only one fan, then it's best to have it as rear exhaust. Otherwise, positive pressure for the win! thumb.gif
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my front fans make a vibrating sound its just started and i cant find out what it is frown.gif it only vibrates when the front panel is clipped to the case its like a low humming sound when its not it doesn't make a sound, any ideas? redface.gif

no one got any idea? ive replaced the fans, added rubber mounts that came with the noise blockers, that did nothing, when i take the front panel off the case with the fans in it the noise stops and when the fans are turned off the noise stops confused.gif
Edited by macarule - 4/7/12 at 2:16am
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Hey, guys! I'm officially joining the club! Here's a preliminary (and very grainy, very cell phone-y) picture of my new Define Mini, shortly after hearing the sweet sound of My Very First POST Beep:

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Unfortunately, I realized right after taking this picture that my motherboard didn't have an internal USB 3.0 header to go with the case's lovely 19-pin, which I just knew was going to drive me nuts; so I tore it out and will hopefully be able to exchange it for one that does at Micro Center today. Oh well, it wouldn't be a first build with a little bit of frustration, right?

It was tough to decide between the Define Mini and the Arc Mini—I was sitting on the floor of the store looking back and forth between the two of them for ages. What finally clinched it was a sudden vision of the Arc Mini's front grille clogged with cat hair... cryingsmiley.gif Yeah.

Glad to be able to join you all!
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post #2085 of 16053
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Of course you can tecnicly fit it wink.gif
I think the temperatures will stay right if you have good fans like noctuas or others with good cfm, I would recommend you to use the side pannel fan as an exhaust smile.gif

So this is what I'm thinking, put both stock fans in the front, get four noctuas 120mm fan for the two top exhaust rear exhaust and side panel exhaust, watcha think, I def would turn up the front fans to the max to get the air flow in
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post #2086 of 16053
I would have a read of the Bit Tech article AbdullahG posted a few posts back. I believe in this instance, the air you'd be pushing in from the front would be pulled out of the case by the side panel before it could circulate over CPU/GPU. I would have the side as an intake. Use the top and rear as exhausts to get all that heat off your CPU/chipset and pull up some GPU hot air also.
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I have a question about the define XL before I buy it.
Will I need some extensions for my antec truepower psu? If I do, where would be a good place for me to shop for some?
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post #2088 of 16053
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I have a question about the define XL before I buy it.
Will I need some extensions for my antec truepower psu? If I do, where would be a good place for me to shop for some?

Most likely the only one you'll need is a 4pin or 4+4 for the cpu power. The rest should reach. ( My Corsair AX1200 all fit except for the 4+4 pin ). And you can find the extensions anywhere, especially if you're here in the beach, you can get them at Bestbuy, CompUSA, and a few of the local repair/retailer shops.

But if you get the case before the extension you can still use it, just run the 4+4 up the front of the case and not around the back until you get an extension.
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or you could just run it under the motherboard that's how i have mine till i get the extension.
 
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post #2090 of 16053
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or you could just run it under the motherboard that's how i have mine till i get the extension.

Why add more work for yourself wink.gif
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