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Version Air - Fractal Define C [PostBuildLog]

For Science!

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The Fractal Define C is an excellent compact case but with enough space to fit even the most demanding setups. This particular build is a hybrid gaming & scientific application build and so I needed 2 GPUs as well as a solid CPU for gaming.

 

Obligatory box collection photo.

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The case itself is one of the smallest ATX form factor cases, and has the distinct Fractal Look, very sleek and minimalistic.

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I've gone for the side window variant, it is not tempered glass, but is wide and shows off the rig nicely.

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Recessed motherboard mount surface, rubber grommets to aid cable management.

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The Prime Z270-A motherboard has most of the features that are needed for a KabyLake system. Wifi is lacking however.

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Due to the compact nature, you can see that there is not too much space from the top of the case and the motherboard. This can introduce issues with memory clearance with radiators. I used Corsair LPX RAM, which seems to be the shorted RAM sticks you can get without going heatspreadder-less.

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The grommets are all in the correct place so no issue managing the 24-pin, EPS, SATA, USB 3.1, HD audio etc.

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The power supply used is a fully modular PSU from corsair, 750W is plenty for a dual-1080 + 7700K.

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The one thing I would mention however is that the fully modular power supplies are a bit longer and this gets very close the drive cage and leaves little space for the cables.

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The two 1080's that went into the build. I consciously went for a blower style card as I knew thermals may be an issue in such a compact case.

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The CPU will be kept in check using a corsair H100i v2. This cooler was excellent, although I changed the fans for Noctua. I would highly recommend plugging the fans into the water pump itself so that the fans react to water temperatures by default. Otherwise with the hot 7700K you may find that your fans ramp up unnecessarily. 

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The culprit for everybody's thermal nightmare, although it performs very nicely in games

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Top mounted radiator to make sure the GPUs don't take any kind of beating with slightly warmer air.

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Just to highlight the aforementioned issue with RAM clearance with this case if you choose to top mount a radiator

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Plenty of room for rear cable management too

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Some LED for white ambient lighting. To maximize the whiteness of the LEDs, I would recommended using a slight orange tint instead of the complete equal RGB. Fractal Venturi's for intake and exhaust. I attached a thermal probe to the GPU so that the intake fans ramp up according to the GPU fan speed to maintain balanced airflow,

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Side panel still fits too, yay

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Awesome! And @Ordinarily_Greater will want to see this!

Intel HEDT and Server platform enthusiasts: Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Megathread 

 

Main PC:

CPU: i9 7980XE @4.0GHz/1.11v

Cooler: EVGA CLC 280 w/Noctua Redux NF-P14s fans

Motherboard: EVGA X299 Dark

RAM: 4x8GB HyperX Predator DDR4 @3200MHz

GPU: Intel ARC A770 LE

Storage: 1TB 970 Evo  + 1TB MP34 + 1TB MX500 + 500GB XPG Atom30 + 250GB 960 Evo

Optical Drives: LG WH14NS40 + Lite-On IHAS124-14

PSU: EVGA 1600W T2

Case & Fans: Corsair 750D Airflow + 3x Noctua iPPC NF-A14

 

OS: Windows 11

 

Display: LG 27UK650-W (4K 60Hz IPS panel)

Mouse: EVGA X17

Keyboard: Corsair K55 RGB

 

Mobile/Work Devices: 2015 15" MacBook Pro (work computer) - iPhone 13 Pro Max - Apple Watch S3

 

Other Misc Devices: iPod Video (Gen 5.5E, swapped to 128GB SD card and running Rockbox firmware), Nintendo Switch

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Nice build, use that case and PSU myself.

I'd get some sleeved cables though, corsair makes some nice ones you can get in all white or white and black 

Main

CPU: i7 4790 Ram: HyperX Savage 24GB DDR3 GPU: Asus Strix GTX 960 MOBO: Asus B85 Pro Gamer SSDs: HyperX Fury 120gb, Corsair Force LX 128gb HDDs: Seagate SSHD 1tb + 1tb seagate HDD CPU Cooler: BeQuiet! Pure Rock PSU: Corsair RM650x Case: Fractal Design Define C window Case fans: 2x Corsair AF140 Quiet Ed. 140mm intake, 1x Corsair AF120 Quiet Ed. 120mm exhaust

Peripherals

Monitors: 2x Asus VN247H Keyboard: Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Headset: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Mousepad: Steelseries QcK, Corsair MM300 XXL Cables: Corsair Premium Pro Red Sleeved Lighting: Corsair Node Pro

Laptops

HP Probook G4 440

CPU: Core i3 7100u Ram: 8gb DDR4 SSD: 256gb Sandisk X4 Pro Screen: 13.3" TN 

Asus E403SA

CPU: Pentium N3700 Quad Core Ram: 4gb DDR3 SSD: 128gb eMMC Screen: 14" 1080p TN

Phone:

Samsung Galaxy S8

 

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11 hours ago, pelark said:

Nice build, use that case and PSU myself.

I'd get some sleeved cables though, corsair makes some nice ones you can get in all white or white and black 

Thanks =)

Yes, I managed to get some custom cables when I moved the build for a full-water loop.

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Nice build! 

ps. I love the leds and great cable management.

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