Fractal Design Gallery

Discussion in 'Case Mod Gallery' started by nalc, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. sethmo

    sethmo 2[H]4U

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    My WIP, hopefully I finish it this week. Need to make one more order through FrozenCPU
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    (sorry about the cell phone pic)
     
  2. Thumbs

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    Hey guys, I'm a long time lurker on the [H] forums, since I really love this case I figured I'd add another pic of a Define Mini build.
    My only issues with this case is the front fan dust filter removal setup, that could have been done in a smarter way. Gonna be a pain to get that off when they get clogged.
    Wanted a machine that was quiet in daily use but that can still push a good amount of pixels when needed. Specs in signature.
    The ROG features really make basic OCing a joy, something I havent messed with since the PII days managed to get the i5 stable at 4.7GHz @ stock voltage. The EVGA Classified is running at 950MHz core, 1.9GHz shaders and 2GHz RAM at a measly 1.07V. Amazed at the component quality and how easy and fast it was to OC these newfangled components compared to last gen stuff.

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  3. nOrVow

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    Is there way to remove the slanted top 180mm exhaust on the R3 XL and put in two 120/140mm at the top without any hardware modding? Are there any pre-made top fan cover mounts for it?

    I don't know why they would implement that design on the R3, but not it's bigger brother. Seems pretty retarded and inefficient, imo.
     
  4. Scuba Steve in VA

    Scuba Steve in VA [H]Lite

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    I have about 400 CDs that I need to rip. Want to bring that beast over to my place? ;)
     
  5. fochkoph

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    The real benefit for the AP fan is to channel air more efficiently as a column therefore it's best for concentrating air towards one location which is great for things like graphics cards. It's best used as an intake fan if anything, the "penetrating" effect is no use for exhaust and the fan doesn't move enough air to justify over infinitely more effective and cheaper fans such as the Scythe Gentle Typhoon or 38MM Delta fans. Honestly, the AP fans really aren't good for anything if you consider what else is out there. Especially considering their exorbitant price. :eek:

    Sorry for muddling up you fine gentlemen's Fractal Design thread with fan talk.
     
  6. twelveparsex

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  7. faugusztin

    faugusztin 2[H]4U

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    It depends on defintion of cheap. AP121 is 14,47 € over here, Gentle Typhoons are 12,96 €. Insane 1.51€ difference :D. And who knows, maybe his supplier had AP121's on stock, but no Gentle Typhoons.
     
  8. nalc

    nalc [H]ard|Gawd

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    There's room, but you'd need to cut out an opening.

    The XL is designed for noise moreso than cooling potential, and with a 140mm and a 180mm fan right next to the CPU, there's already enough cooling. They say the tilt of the 180mm fan helps with noise. Especially since having two top fans is a pointless endeavor anyway without watercooling, as the front fan is only competing with the CPU heatsink fan for air.
     
  9. jakebot

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    I really wish Performance PCS would start selling Fractal Design cases...
    I know newegg does which is great BUT performance pcs will mod them in house!
    I even emailed fractal to notify them of a possible sales increase if they sold their
    products at Performance PCS
    Anyway I LOVE the gallery and will be upgrading... or downgrading depending on how you look at it to a Fractal Midi or 3000.
     
  10. FrostBite

    FrostBite [H]ard|Gawd

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    Picked up the boys today from NewEgg. Arc Mini for myself, Define Mini for the wife:
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    Wife's computer, currently the HTPC but upgrading some parts (CPU, HSF, HBA, more HD's) to be the fileserver and transcoding:
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    Temp position until I wall mount the TV:
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    My computer, upgrading the video card from the 5770 to a 78xx when they come out:
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    Where it is currently:
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    Overall, my first (and second) pair of cases from Fractal Design, and I must say I am impressed. The cases are packaged extremely well, overall build quality is good, paint was excellent, and the cable management was very placed. At roughly $100 for each case, I think it was well worth it.
     
  11. l3thal6

    l3thal6 Limp Gawd

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    My Arc Mini, also posted it in the "rate my cables" thread. All of the nasty unsleeved wires are part of the stock fan controller.

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  12. g33k88

    g33k88 n00bie

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    Hey guys and gals, long time lurker but I thought I would share my new build. Coming from a 700D and I couldn't be happier with this case :D
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  13. jgreen

    jgreen Limp Gawd

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    Very nice! That's a great looking rig.
     
  14. nalc

    nalc [H]ard|Gawd

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  15. Vathral

    Vathral Limp Gawd

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    Great thread so far and it was nice to see this post http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1037332665&postcount=42 as I'm planning on filling up all the hdd slots in the R3 I just ordered :) Will also be picking up http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5097/cab-89/Customizable_4_Pin_to_SATA_Power_Adapter_Cable.html to help cable management.

    That was a helpful test they did. I want to ask you guys for recommendation on good case fans. I will be removing the fans and would like to replace them with something quieter as the stock ones aren't that great apparently. Especially if the fans that comes with the R3 have red/blue LED on them.

    I'll join in with a pic next week.
     
  16. adi518

    adi518 n00bie

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  17. computersmakemeQQ

    computersmakemeQQ Limp Gawd

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    adi158, nice rig!

    just a quick question, do any of the fractal design cases actually come with a window?

    I would jump for one, but im a total sucker for windows.
     
  18. adi518

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    unfortunately no. I'd have liked one as well. Can make a custom plexi tho. Someone over at OCN did a pretty damn good job on his Core 3000.

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  19. hotshot3210

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    Will still have to do some cable management
     
  20. l3thal6

    l3thal6 Limp Gawd

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    Has anyone else thought about removing their fan filters? I have noticed that my case exhausts a lot better when I remove the top fan filter. I am thinking about removing the front one also, I have the Arc Mini BTW.
     
  21. Fritzz

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    I have take mine out. Guess it's about time I post up some pictures.
     
  22. l3thal6

    l3thal6 Limp Gawd

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    Yeah, I pulled mine too, feels like a lot more air (and dust :( ) moves into the case now.
     
  23. Gazoo

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    This is somewhat off topic, but a Fractal Designs CSR let me know that they are working on windowed side panels for a range of their cases and they will hopefully be released (for separate purchase) this Spring.
     
  24. Stu55

    Stu55 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Interesting...
     
  25. Origin_Unknown

    Origin_Unknown Limp Gawd

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    anyone with a core 3000, how much room is there between the right side of teh board and the start of the optical bays / hdd bays? I'd like to stick an SSI MEB board in one and its only an inch or so wider
     
  26. Scuba Steve in VA

    Scuba Steve in VA [H]Lite

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    Since folks have asked before, just a heads up...I just listed the OEM fans and fan controller that came with my Arc Mini in the {H] "For Sale / Trade" forum.
     
  27. Unknown-One

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    I suspended the hard disks in my R3, which made a noticeable difference in noise. It's almost like the drive cage in the R3 was designed to be laced with bungee, all the holes were in perfect places for it...

    I'll post pics in a bit, have to set up an RMA with Corsair first (discovered the fan on my TX 750 is ticking / rattling)
     
  28. Phenom.

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    I've already built a lot of systems with Fractal Design cases, here are just two of them:

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    Components:

    • CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 (3x 3,2GHz, 1,225V)
      CPU cooler: Xigmatek Loki SD963 @ Enermax T.B. Silence UCTB9
      Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
      RAM: 2x 2GB Crucial Value DDR3-1333 CL9 1,5V
      Graphics: onboard HD4250
      PSU: Cougar A 300
      HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
      Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 w/ Enermax T.B. Silence UCTB12 (front) & Enermax T.B. Silence UCTB9 (rear)

    • CPU: Intel Core i3-2120
      CPU cooler: Xigmatek Loki SD963
      Mainboard: ASRock H61M-U3S3
      RAM: 2x 4GB ADATA Value DDR3-1333 CL9 1,5V
      Graphics: Club3D GeForce GTX560Ti Green
      PSU: Cougar A 450
      HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
      Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 w/ standart fan (front) & Fractal Design Silent 92mm (rear)
     
  29. thesquid

    thesquid n00bie

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    Some really nice setups in this thread. Just a few questions for anyone with an Arc Mid Tower; is it possible to soft remove the lower hard drive bracket or would I have to drill the rivets out to remove it?

    Also I have also noticed the circular dust patterns on the front fan intakes on a few of the Arc Mids that seem to appear after a while, is there a way to stop this from happening? i.e. creating positive air pressure inside the case without affecting the cooling or do you just have to clean the front filters regularly?
     
  30. Fritzz

    Fritzz Gawd

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    I took mine out. Had to remove 6 rivets to get it out. Four on the bottom and two on the cross member between the two front intakes.
     
  31. Unknown-One

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    Here's my drive suspension technique. The drive cage in the R3 is wide because it's meant to accommodate sliding drive rails, which means there's ample room to string a "double X" pattern of bungee cord and wedge your drives in the middle.

    SERIOUSLY reduced vibration and noise. I recommend this mod to all R3 owners:

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  32. KrylonArt

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    FrostBite,

    Can you measure the metal top panels of the Arc Mini and Define Mini? I am wondering if the parts are interchangeable after popping the rivets. Looking at getting both cases and want to swap some parts around.
     
  33. nismohks

    nismohks Limp Gawd

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    nice setups everyone, however just curious as to what people are doing with the front dust filters on both the 120mm intakes?

    I have a R2 and they get clogged up so easily and cleaning them is such a pain as i have to take out the entire assembly and unplug the fans etc. My R2 sits on my desk and it is hardly dusty in my room at all.

    Any suggestions for improving this, or do people just cut out the mesh material?

    thanks
     
  34. Unknown-One

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    Best solution I've found so far for the R3:
    1. Cut out the mesh on the plastic fan brackets.
    2. Clip in your 120mm fan (don't use the two large screw-holes, just the clips).
    3. Screw the mesh-less plastic bracket + fan into the front of the case in its normal spot.
    4. Screw a 120mm Lian Li Fan Filter Assembly into the front of the plastic bracket using the two large screw holes.

    That's it! You can now clean your filters by simply sliding them up and out of the brackets.
     
  35. Unknown-One

    Unknown-One [H]ardForum Junkie

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    new power supply, modular this time (thanks corsair!)

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  36. [H]ard_Nut

    [H]ard_Nut Limp Gawd

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    Since I haven't seen one pictured in the gallery at all, I thought I would picture my Fractal Design Core 3000 which is what my main desktop is housed in. I also have two Define R2's ...but you all know what they look like.

    You'll have to pardon the cables, it's inordinately difficult to really make them all that presentable, since my power supply is not fully modular (Antec Signature 650) ..and I never really got into obsessive cable management anyway.

    The odd second fan on the Noctua is only temporary, the case I have had since about last summer, but the board and cpu are brand new, Gigabyte Z77x-D3H and an I5 3570K ...which as I am sure you all know by now, runs a little warm, hence I added a second fan to my trusty old NH-U12F. The Noctua fan on there has been in use since I bought the U12F in 2006 to cool my E6600, I will probably replace both the fans on it for some nice new ones at some point in the near future.

    I don't think it's really worth colour coding all my cables and what not, not with that birds nest in there anyway.

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  37. tangsta

    tangsta n00bie

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    Very nice cases, love the understated design.
     
  38. Lzr

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    Here's my setup. I know it's horrible because of that huge cable mess, but I didn't really have time to do it well when I built it. Maybe I'll fix it when I have more time..

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  39. ItsVictorB

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    That is beautiful. Good job on that!
     
  40. blood

    blood Limp Gawd

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    This is simply amazing.