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Help me out guys. I'm going to be buying a Fractal Case on the 1st. I'm in between the Arc Mini or Define mini. With the Arc Mini it's ready to be watercooled but with the Define Mini I'll have to mod the the top with a fan grill. I'm leaning towards the Arc Mini cause I'm super lazy. But the Define Mini Looks great. Help me out?
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post #3272 of 15929
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Originally Posted by ANDMYGUN View Post

Help me out guys. I'm going to be buying a Fractal Case on the 1st. I'm in between the Arc Mini or Define mini. With the Arc Mini it's ready to be watercooled but with the Define Mini I'll have to mod the the top with a fan grill. I'm leaning towards the Arc Mini cause I'm super lazy. But the Define Mini Looks great. Help me out?

i'll cast my vote for the mini, but i may be a bit impartial...

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post #3273 of 15929
Arc Mini for sure

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post #3274 of 15929
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Originally Posted by airdeano View Post

so far (because i am lazy) the rear fan is the only stock Fractal Design fan, it will come out when done. the front fans are the
BGears 140 (painted the blades white). the factory fans are ok, the R2 versions are far superior, but can be hard to locate.
for an enthusiast an easy option are the corsair AF140 quiet fans for a better increase over stock amount of air and quiet too.
for performance fans thats a preference choice you'll have to make, due to noise and equipment choices. i like the BGears
undervolted 7v and because i have removed the HDD cages for mass air-flow from the front to cool the GPU area.
the whole panel will be a window (ramsey77 idea). i bought a spare side panel with the intentions of making a window,
but the full panel idea is more revealing.
Fractal Design currently does NOT have plans for a window option for the mini or midi case at this time. we are urging
owners to email a request to "poke" them along to a quicker resolve.
airdeano
Yeah, I've sent about two emails already to them.

I'm still wanting those Corsair fans, but do you know anything about the COUGAR CF-V14HB fans? Priced at $16.99 so a little lower than Corsair.
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post #3275 of 15929
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]Yeah, I've sent about two emails already to them.
I'm still wanting those Corsair fans, but do you know anything about the COUGAR CF-V14HB fans? Priced at $16.99 so a little lower than Corsair.
Cougar Vortex fans are great, def worth it smile.gif
post #3276 of 15929
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Yeah, I've sent about two emails already to them.
I'm still wanting those Corsair fans, but do you know anything about the COUGAR CF-V14HB fans? Priced at $16.99 so a little lower than Corsair.

I have mix of Noiseblocker fans PK-3, PK-2 & PL-2 - All PK-3's on a cheap fan controller (Scythe Kaze Q 3.5") and the PK-2 & PL-2 on the stock Fractal Design fan controller (see rig in sig). I have good cooling and quietness (near-silence for me) in normal operation and then great cooling with a bit of noise when I need it (might be overkill for my setup, but I really like these fans and in all aspects they work for me, as sound is subjective and each to own own). Shame the NB fans don't have white blades.

This is for an air cooling setup - for water cooling I think the NB-Multiframe S-Series are better for rad's (i.e. more static pressure) than the NB fans I use. Also there are better rad fans than the NB's I think, never done water cooling so not to sure, just info from what I have read on the forum.

EDIT:
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Edited by Charlie-- - 7/13/12 at 10:28am
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post #3277 of 15929
Looks like I'm getting an Arc Mini. Thanks guys. I had my doubts but you guys sure made me know which to pick with your amazing builds.
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post #3278 of 15929
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Looks like I'm getting an Arc Mini. Thanks guys. I had my doubts but you guys sure made me know which to pick with your amazing builds.

I am sure you will be very happy with it, all the Fractal Design cases rock! - I had a hard time deciding on which one to get myself. - Remember to post some photos of your build biggrin.gif
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post #3279 of 15929
I've got both and decided to stick with the Arc Mini over the Define for my gaming rig.

I love both, but the Define is a bit restrictive for airflow - and the front door howled from the intake fans until I cut them down to 1200rpm or so.
That said I wasn't too happy w/ my temps in it, so I'll be using that either for a home server or another build when I need it.

May as well throw in a pic while I'm here (sry for the awful quality redface.gif)

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Only minor quibble I have now is the case hums/pulses a bit, not loud but I'm super anal lol.
Don't think it will help too much but I might pickup some acoustic liner and seal up the doors at least.
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post #3280 of 15929
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Originally Posted by Blizlake View Post

Cougar Vortex fans are great, def worth it smile.gif
Do you have them? I'd like to see someone who owns it give me a good word about them so I'll just buy them already. Been debating for over two days now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie-- View Post

I have mix of Noiseblocker fans PK-3, PK-2 & PL-2 - All PK-3's on a cheap fan controller (Scythe Kaze Q 3.5") and the PK-2 & PL-2 on the stock Fractal Design fan controller (see rig in sig). I have good cooling and quietness (near-silence for me) in normal operation and then great cooling with a bit of noise when I need it (might be overkill for my setup, but I really like these fans and in all aspects they work for me, as sound is subjective and each to own own). Shame the NB fans don't have white blades.
This is for an air cooling setup - for water cooling I think the NB-Multiframe S-Series are better for rad's (i.e. more static pressure) than the NB fans I use. Also there are better rad fans than the NB's I think, never done water cooling so not to sure, just info from what I have read on the forum.
EDIT:
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Noiseblocker's are not available here though. I would probably go with them if I had some extra cash as they are pretty expensive.
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