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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 04:51 AM - Thread Starter
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Fractal Design Define C

I'm hoping someone can give me some real world feedback on this case. I've read plenty of reviews, but I feel like real world experience is best. I just got gifted a bunch of components to build a server. So I plan on taking my gaming PC from my current cheapie case and putting it in something a bit nicer, Like a Define C. I really like the option of no window, but the blocked off front panel is concerning. I would go with the meshify c non window version, but its not in stock anywhere. I'm not set on this case exactly, but I would prefer no window, and something that doesn't look like Optimus Prime.


My current gaming rig specs are:
CPU: Ryzen 7 1700X
Cooler: Noctua NH-u12s
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070 G1 Gaming
Mobo: ATX
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The side vents on the Define C provide adequate airflow, given that they are 1" wide on both sides. I have the non window version myself (sig rig), with 2x 140mm noctuas upfront, 1x 120mm noctua in the back and a nh-d15 facing vertically since my GPU is populating the first slot, so I have the top blocking plate removed and the mesh one installed. Coming from the Define R4 which is similarly designed in terms of front air flow, albeit bigger and more fan slots for cooling, I have not noticed any difference in thermal performance.

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Intel Core i7 4790k
Motherboard
MSI Z97M-G43
GPU
EVGA GTX 970 SC Edition
RAM
Gskill 4x 8GB DDR3 2133MHZ (PC3 17000)
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 512GB
Hard Drive
Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM
Power Supply
Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Cooling
Noctua NH-D15
Cooling
2x Noctua - NF-A14 Fans
Cooling
Noctua - NF-A12 Fan
Case
Fractal Design Define C (Windowless w/ Sound deadeing)
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Windows 8.1 Pro
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LG 34UC80-B 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor
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Corsair Vengeance K70 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Red LED
Mouse
Logitech MX Master Wireless
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ACT-LABS Aluminum Mouse Pad
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Supermicro X10SLM+-F
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Hard Drive
OEM Samsung 128GB SSD
Hard Drive
4x HGST 2TB Datacenter 7200RPM Drives
Power Supply
EVGA 500 BR, 80+ Bronze 500W
Cooling
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
Case
Fractal Design Define R4
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The side vents on the Define C provide adequate airflow, given that they are 1" wide on both sides. I have the non window version myself (sig rig), with 2x 140mm noctuas upfront, 1x 120mm noctua in the back and a nh-d15 facing vertically since my GPU is populating the first slot, so I have the top blocking plate removed and the mesh one installed. Coming from the Define R4 which is similarly designed in terms of front air flow, albeit bigger and more fan slots for cooling, I have not noticed any difference in thermal performance.

Hope this Info Helps.
Do you happen to have any pictures of your setup? I'd be curious to see. Thanks
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