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I just got my Core 1000. For a $40 case, it is very nice. Definitely not as quality as my Define Mini (thinner metal), but it is great for the budget. It does not have the CPU cut out and the PSU is on the top, and there is no cable management, but that is OK for me as this is just an office build with nothing special in it. I do like the way the HDD mounts, although you can only hold 2 max (+1 if use 5.25 adapter). All in all a very nice and pleasing to look at case for the office.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 9/9/11 at 11:14am
   
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Hi guys
I'm going to buy a fractal design case but I can't decide on which( so many fine choices )
So to make my mind I have to ask, can the arc mini take a 360mm radiator in the top with some small modifications or is it a no go?
If thats the case then gonna have to go with the define mini
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Join me with the Define Mini! It is the sexiest case around. I do kinda like being like the only one around having one.
   
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You're not the only one anymore!

Got a new kid in town
    
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Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post
Join me with the Define Mini! It is the sexiest case around. I do kinda like being like the only one around having one.
Well that's my doubt beauty or practicality

But I really want to make a small loop and use like 3 slow fans to make it real quiet
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Hi guys
I'm going to buy a fractal design case but I can't decide on which( so many fine choices )
So to make my mind I have to ask, can the arc mini take a 360mm radiator in the top with some small modifications or is it a no go?
If thats the case then gonna have to go with the define mini
I know my Arc Midi will take a 360 up top with some minimal modifications. Not sure on the Arc Mini though.
It looks like the Arc Mini does not have a provision for a third top fan at the front. You'd give up a drive bay by using it in conjunction with a 3x120 rad however.
I just went with a XSPC RX240, its perfect and quite sexy in this case.
post #767 of 16136
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I know my Arc Midi will take a 360 up top with some minimal modifications. Not sure on the Arc Mini though.
It looks like the Arc Mini does not have a provision for a third top fan at the front. You'd give up a drive bay by using it in conjunction with a 3x120 rad however.
I just went with a XSPC RX240, its perfect and quite sexy in this case.
Yea the Arc Mini will take a 240, which I think would be great for your purposes. The Define Mini won't be able to do anything unless you mod it.

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You're not the only one anymore!

Got a new kid in town
And welcome!
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 9/10/11 at 5:31pm
   
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Thanks! Kinda wish I would've gotten the R3 in white, since there really isn't much of a size difference between that and the Define Mini... oh well. No USB3.0 was a deal killer
    
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post #769 of 16136
Well, it's official, my stuff got here late last week and I spent some time yesterday putting it together.

This is my first build in a Fractal case, but I can say with certainty that it won't be last! I have zero cuts on my hands and there was almost no cussing during the time I spent putting all the components together.

My biggest issue was that I didn't listen to the reviews saying I should order an extender for the 8-pin mobo connecter. I thought I could just pop around to the corner and pick one up at CompUSA (yeah, they were resurrected here). I mean, they have plenty of cases on their wall that are the same size as the XL and they sell the same power supplies, so of course they must have all the bits and bobs to put it all together, right? I pity the fool who buys a full tower case and a power supply from them thinking that they're "good to go".

OK, I guess that's unfair, I got the thing together, but I had to pass the 8-pin cable through the main compartment instead of behind the tray. It looks hideous, but it works until the extension I ordered (yesterday) from Newegg arrives.

All in all, I'm overall very happy with the case, and it's contents .

A few thoughts:
  • I think I might have been even more happy with the "titanium" front. The black is VERY black.though when I put it under the desk I might feel differently.
  • I read a lot about how heavy this thing is. OK, it's not light, but it doesn't make me think twice about moving it.
  • I need to find a way of further cushioning my HDD (WD Caviar black), a couple of times when there has been a lot of i/o (read Windows updates), it's vibrated the case enough for that vibration to be transmitted to the filing cabinet that the case is currently sitting on (not it's permanent home, but a more convenient temporary one until I get all the kinks worked out.)
  • I'm pretty sure that I'm going to an after-market CPU cooler much sooner than I thought. My temps aren't bad under "normal" usage, but I've spiked into the 60's under pretty mild conditions. Keep in mind that ambient is probably a little higher (potentially as bad as 26 - 27 C, though I'm guessing, I haven't measured.)

When I have that cable issue dealt with, I'll likely post a few pictures.
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Whoops, I forgot to add that I also read a fair amount about how much of a pain the front fan unit is to take off or put back on....

Well, it officially is, until I learned the trick.

The pivot tabs on the right side as well as the locking tabs on the left side are both exposed when the respective panels are off the case:
  • Taking the panel off is as easy as "helping" the tabs with your thumb, as you move the corresponding lever on the front. When both tabs have been loosened a bit, the panel comes off easily. Where the door is doesn't really matter (as long as it's not closed. )
  • Putting the panel back is as easy as looking to see that the pivot tabs are in the right notches on the right side of the case before closing it. If you do that, it just swings back onto place and locks with a click.

Both operations are really easy. Yes, you have to take the side panels off, but if you're messing with those fans, you're probably going to need to do that anyways.
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