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post #961 of 15856
So I'm finally done, I managed to stuff 120.5 worth of radiator in the Arc Mini with no cutting of the case, the only thing I had to do was drill out the rivets for the lower HDD cage. I'm going to replace the PCI slot covers with some black ones and I need to find new filter material for the front grille, that brillo pad stuff was terrible. A few more small mods and it will be perfect.

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Cable management was a huge chore, it took longer than anything else to get done (my own fault, there was too much cables for the tiny case). mad.gif

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Edited by Scorpion49 - 11/27/11 at 10:45pm
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Did a video for noise level comparison with side panel off and on to show how well it works. thumb.gif
 
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Just a heads up for anyone thinking about getting a Define R3 - Newegg has a shellshocker deal for it today at 3:00PM PST for $79.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-11-352-013-_-11282011_4
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Originally Posted by VulgarDisplay88 View Post

Thinking about getting an Arc Midi but I have a few questions.
Can I install a H100 or H80 push/pull easily?
Are the doors pretty solid or flimsy?
How is the cable management on it?
I'll be using AP15s on the H100 and AP13s as case fans with 140-120mm reducers on the rear and side panel.
Thanks in advance.
An H100 can fit easily on the top, just be careful with the push/pull setup and RAM clearance. You could also drill out the rivets on the front HDD cage and install it there.
Cable management is great, I had no problems with it though I would have liked to have a few more tie down points on the back for zipties (I just used sticky clamps).
The rear panel has holes for 140/120mm fans, you'll only need a reducer for the side panel since it's 180/140mm.
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Thanks for the heads up, I think I'm going to order the R3 today for $80, then use the Google $40 certificate to get it for a total of $60!!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ritz View Post

Just a heads up for anyone thinking about getting a Define R3 - Newegg has a shellshocker deal for it today at 3:00PM PST for $79.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-11-352-013-_-11282011_4
An H100 can fit easily on the top, just be careful with the push/pull setup and RAM clearance. You could also drill out the rivets on the front HDD cage and install it there.
Cable management is great, I had no problems with it though I would have liked to have a few more tie down points on the back for zipties (I just used sticky clamps).
The rear panel has holes for 140/120mm fans, you'll only need a reducer for the side panel since it's 180/140mm.

I assuming its the same for the R3 as well for H100 compatibility..?
    
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Does the Arctic Cooling Xtreme Plus 2 fit in this case with a GTX 580?
post #967 of 15856
Hi guys

great to see this thread .. can i join your club?

I've had the define r3(usb2.0) for a while now and it still impresses me.I clean the dust filters every few weeks and sometimes open the case just for a look inside.

I love this case, a classic scandinavian black and white beauty,cool and elegant. Named her Ingrid.

All my case fans are fractal ,would like their psu ,the modular ones look awsome.
anybody know if theres an aussie distributor? can get one from the uk but delivery is kinda heavy.

no mods planned 'cos its perfect.


A window would be nice but then it wouldnt be as quiet , which was what drew me to this case in the first place. Spent ages mulling over different brands but the look, features , size and price made it a no-brainer in the end.How many mid- towers could fit 8-9 drives?

Only issue was easily fixed: cleaning the 140mm bottom fan filter/holder meant flipping the case over to remove the screws, then opening side panel to get it out, then the reverse to put it back. Now I use a magnet filter(demci) on the bottom , just slides out. might get some more for the top and sides

the arc mid tower would be nice to mod tho , reckon a big side window and some bling would look great.

anyway heres my boring black pearl r3
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I've just bought a define R3 case on the strength of the comments and pics on here.

It's my first build and I've got a couple of questions that you guys might be able to help with:

1. I've got a media card reader with headphone/mic sockets running off my HD audio connector on the motherboard. Is it possible for me to get a splitter to use the case sockets as well? Is there another way I've missed?

2. My motherboard doesn't have a 20pin USB 3.0 header on it. Has anyone used a PCI card withthis header to add these ports? Is there one that also has 2 USB 3 on the back of it?

Thanks for any help, there are Some great cases on here, I hope mine is half as good.
post #969 of 15856
Hi everyone, I am planning on going about with getting a Fractal Midi to replace my humungous HAF-X. http://www.overclock.net/t/1176644/fractal-midi-vs-carbide-500r-vs-anything-else-you-can-offer/10#post_15823657

And I am going to do a window mod on it. But this will be the very first mod I am going to tackle.
So, just to clarify these are the steps taken right?:

1) draw out window outline
2) cut out window outline with dremel and sand
3) get acrylic
4)....... .......

So, here's the question, how to you guys actually go about attaching windows to your cases? Do you glue them or attach rubber gromets and slot the acrylic in between them?

I might even be planning to replace the entire side panel entirely and get a black acrylic, but have absolutely no idea how to go about doing that LOL.
    
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I've just bought a define R3 case on the strength of the comments and pics on here.
It's my first build and I've got a couple of questions that you guys might be able to help with:
1. I've got a media card reader with headphone/mic sockets running off my HD audio connector on the motherboard. Is it possible for me to get a splitter to use the case sockets as well? Is there another way I've missed?
2. My motherboard doesn't have a 20pin USB 3.0 header on it. Has anyone used a PCI card withthis header to add these ports? Is there one that also has 2 USB 3 on the back of it?
Thanks for any help, there are Some great cases on here, I hope mine is half as good.

Since your mobo doesnt have usb 3 you would need a pci adapter card, most of them only have 2 or 4 ports on the card but no socket for the 20 pin header from the case front.

silverstone do have an adapter that does have the socket , but no ports on the card itself

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=301&area=en


I'd go with the silverstone , and use the header from the case front and if you needed more usb3 ports on the back then get the normal adapters as well.

As far as the audio issue not sure if there is a ready made splitter or if it would actually work, you could make one from scratch, but do you actually want to use 2 headphones at the same time? You can get headphone splitters for that easily.. Personally I'd use either the case header or the one the ones on the card reader but not both..Maybe an add in sound card would provide 2 headers?

hope this helps
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