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So I'm buying a Define XL tonight, I have wanted the case for a long time but could only get it for $230 with international shipping. Now I can get it for $167, so I'm ready to buy it. I looked through ATX Full Towers under $180, and the HAF X, HAF 932, Antec 1200, NZXT Phantom, and more did not suit me(too much plastic, really, and I know just like my M59 the design will get old after a while). So I went with something with a simpler design, the Define XL. What are your thoughts?
    
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The XL works for me.

Let us know what you think! Take pictures. Enjoy.
    
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The case looks phenomenal for the price, if you haven't seen it, check out LinusTechTips XL unboxing.

I am torn between it and a Level 10 GT right now.
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Yea it looks beautiful, decent cable management, and sound dampening material is always a plus
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It doesn't look good for watercooling. There is only 1 180mm fan at the top, can't mount a decent rad up there.
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I was thinking of getting one earlier but they were out of stock for a while. Been looking at getting a bit fenix now :

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/23...1-RP/BitFenix/

All out of stock too now at least on that site though
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Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
It doesn't look good for watercooling. There is only 1 180mm fan at the top, can't mount a decent rad up there.
There are grommets in the back for an external rad. That's pretty much what you would have to do with the Define.
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Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
It doesn't look good for watercooling. There is only 1 180mm fan at the top, can't mount a decent rad up there.
lol really? You can remove that 180mm (it's slow anyways) and have room for a 360 rad as long as you don't have a 5.25 drive up top. Of course this requires cutting the top panel, but that's easily done.

You can also drill out the rivets holding the 3.5 in bays in the bottom compartment and fit at least two 240 rads sandwiched or against each side panel down there.

If you really wanted, you could also mod the front 5.25 bays (cut the bottom out from the bracket and remove the 3.5 cage) and fit a vertical 240 as well. That's a possible total 1080mm of radiator cooling length, all internal; impressive imo.

It's very, very well suited to water cooling after some easy mods.

Not exactly how I'd set it up, but an Example showing good water cooling ability:


*EDIT*
It looks like you could possibly squeeze a 480 up top if you really wanted to. Here is a 360 and it looks like if you butt it close to the rear, you have room for another fan toward the front. That would make it an even 1200mm of total possible radiator length internally mounted...:

Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/26/11 at 8:06am
    
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post
lol really? You can remove that 180mm (it's slow anyways) and have room for a 360 rad as long as you don't have a 5.25 drive up top. Of course this requires cutting the top panel, but that's easily done.

You can also drill out the rivets holding the 3.5 in bays in the bottom compartment and fit at least two 240 rads sandwiched or against each side panel down there. If you really wanted, you could also mod the front 5.25 bays (cut the bottom out from the bracket and remove the 3.5 cage) and fit a vertical 240 as well. That's a possible total 1080mm of radiator cooling length, all internal; impressive imo.

It's very, very well suited to water cooling after some easy mods.

Not exactly how I'd set it up, but an Example showing good water cooling ability:


*EDIT*
It looks like you could possibly squeeze a 480 up top if you really wanted to. Here is a 360 and it looks like if you butt it close to the rear, you have room for another fan toward the front. That would make it an even 1200mm of total possible radiator length internally mounted...:
Yea I meant WC for stock, internal. Of course if you're willing to do some cutting it's an absolutely wonderful case for watercooling.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
Yea I meant WC for stock, internal. Of course if you're willing to do some cutting it's an absolutely wonderful case for watercooling.
True indeed, but who doesn't love a little case modding
    
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