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Item#: N82E16811352011
Fractal Design Define Mini Black Micro ATX Silent PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 support and 2 x 120mm Fractal Design Silent Fans
  • Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0 / 1 x USB 2.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • Side Air duct
  • 2 (with one 5.25 > 3.5 inch converter included) External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 6 (Compatible with SSD) Internal
  • $99.99
  • $5.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

* Good price
* Near-silent and stays that way when combined with some additional Antec TrueQuiet 120mm fans.
* Very sturdy; In fact, it is significantly sturdier than its bigger brother, the regular ATX Fractal Define R3.
* This case is probably the closest thing you can get to the beloved Antec P180 mini in terms of quality, size, and quietness. Since the P180 is aging and discontinued
* The case is very tiny but still roomy enough for a full-on gaming rig. I have a Corsair Hydro H70 in a 2-fan push/pull config, a top fan, side fan, and it's still got lots of open air space. Cable management, if you know what you're doing, is a breeze, and the results can be gorgeous: http://i.imgur.com/SAlAs.jpg

Cons:

*CPU cutout on the motherboard tray did not line up well with my ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M mobo. The metal came a few centimeters above the bottom holes for the CPU cooler, and I had to take my motherboard out all over again. It kinda defeated the purpose of the cutout. I admit that it wasn't too big a hassle and I should have checked before, but this is a con worth mentioning.

Other Thoughts:

USB 3.0 front header does not fit snugly, but that is the fault of the USB 3.0 front connection spec itself. I've done several builds with different combinations of brands between cases and motherboards, and it's the same all-around. With some creative wire-tying and propping the cable against the HDD caddy, you can make it stay securely without leaving it susceptible to popping out when moving the tower.

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