Fractal Design Core 1000 Series Micro ATX Case - Black Pearl £24.99 @ Maplin / amazon
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Fractal Design Core 1000 Series Micro ATX Case - Black Pearl £24.99 @ Maplin / amazon

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Found 11th Jul 2013
I posted this deal from Maplin a while ago but it sold out. They now have it back in stock to order direct or through amazon. £5-£10 cheaper than other retailers and they are also selling B grade refurbs on their own site for £30, so not sure why they have these at £25.


Form Factor : Tower
Max Mainboard Size : Micro ATX
Supported Mainboards : microATX
Mini-ITX
Expansion Bays : Internal - 3x2.5" / 2x3.5" shared
2 (total) / 2 (free) x front accessible - 5.25"

Simple yet elegant front panel with mesh and filter
Optimized for performance in a small, micro atx form factor with multiple cooling options
A total of 3 fan slots (1x 120mm filtered in front, 1x 92mm in rear, 1x 120mm in side panel)
One fan included (1x 120mm in front)
Innovative, easily removable HDD-tray which mounts the HDD's vertically with anti vibration
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Great case for the money. Use it often for budget or office builds.
the buttons on the side make this got for putting on its side as a media pc on the cheap
or as a steam box under the tv for which i use it
emodan

the buttons on the side make this got for putting on its side as a media … the buttons on the side make this got for putting on its side as a media pc on the cheapor as a steam box under the tv for which i use it


Hmmm, never thought of that. Do you have any issues running it like that? Not sure i'd want all the components hanging from the roof.
Alfresco

Hmmm, never thought of that. Do you have any issues running it like that? … Hmmm, never thought of that. Do you have any issues running it like that? Not sure i'd want all the components hanging from the roof.


only a big gpu would be a worry i used a 7770 and it doesnt appear to be sagging
You will not find a better quality case for this money. That said, you can find better quality cases for more money. So.
Funny, just bought one of these from Maplins but thought it was the going rate, either way, great budget case for a micro ATX build.
Just did a build with the Fractal Design Define Mini Series Micro ATX Case, great case.
Can't fault it one bit, except u might want to purchase a few extra fans. Otherwise it's great and looks nice.
I might struggle fitting my Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler in there , its a beast
I've got one of the bigger Fractal cases and was VERY impressed with it. It's one of the few companies that are designing PC cases I wouldn't be embarrassed for anyone to actually see, and they're built with the user in mind too.
Fractal design make awesome cases. I have an Arc Midi myself and the build quality and features are second to none.
Jelly Bean

Can't fault it one bit, except u might want to purchase a few extra fans. … Can't fault it one bit, except u might want to purchase a few extra fans. Otherwise it's great and looks nice.



You can understand why they don't include loads of fans tho, in most uses the fans provided will be enough. They would bump the price up if it came with more fans.
Don't use this for gaming or if you intend to have a separate GPU - the space restrictions inside significantly impact on temperatures.
lookatmywad

Don't use this for gaming or if you intend to have a separate GPU - the … Don't use this for gaming or if you intend to have a separate GPU - the space restrictions inside significantly impact on temperatures.


This is one of the most spacious M-ATX based cases on the market. It's perfect for a small gaming rig. The PSU in the top and the sideways mounted drive bays are to allow for big graphics cards and better air flow. It's like a tardis inside and the entire front panel is one big filtered air intake.
The clue is in the name - Micro! (Funny that!)

Cold!
emodan

only a big gpu would be a worry i used a 7770 and it doesnt appear to be … only a big gpu would be a worry i used a 7770 and it doesnt appear to be sagging


How do you find the CPU temps, and do you have an aftermarket heatsink? I'm more concerned about the heat rising up around the motherboard and CPU.
atm i use the stock cooler and temps using a g1610 i think i have in it appear fine i literally built the unit on the cheap and not had a issue yet the case has a really good font air intake and i rear exhaust as i have the case over the side intake it has no fan there
lookatmywad

The clue is in the name - Micro! (Funny that!)Cold!


Congratulations genius. I guess nobody makes gaming Micro ATX or Mini ITX motherboards either. Who would possibly want a small form factor gaming machine? You probably want to go share your knowledge with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Edited by: "Alfresco" 13th Jul 2013
lookatmywad

Don't use this for gaming or if you intend to have a separate GPU - the … Don't use this for gaming or if you intend to have a separate GPU - the space restrictions inside significantly impact on temperatures.



i used this case with a 5850 bitcoin mining
funny enough it got 400mhs and didnt overheat
weird that
i used this case with a 5850 bitcoin mining
funny enough it got 400mhs and didnt overheat
weird that[/quote]

OK, so why do they not sell many micro cases then? Because they're harder to cool!

Also, I'd like to see you try gaming and bitcoin mining at the same time in a micro case? ROFL!
lookatmywad

i used this case with a 5850 bitcoin miningfunny enough it got 400mhs and … i used this case with a 5850 bitcoin miningfunny enough it got 400mhs and didnt overheatweird that



lookatmywad

iOK, so why do they not sell many micro cases then? Because they're … iOK, so why do they not sell many micro cases then? Because they're harder to cool!Also, I'd like to see you try gaming and bitcoin mining at the same time in a micro case? ROFL!



Give up pal. They don't sell many micro cases? Are you sure? X) Micro-ATX isn't that small you know. It has a couple less PCI-E slots. Maybe you're confusing it with Mini-ITX? Also, Bit coin mining uses 100% of the GPU. I'd like to see you try gaming and bitcoin mining at the same time in any case.

You're right that if you want to run a water cooled gaming rig with quad SLI graphics cards, this case isn't big enough, but for the average gaming pc with 1 GPU this is one of the best M-ATX options out there. Stop trying to argue and just look at the amount of gaming builds done in this case on Google and YouTube.

Edited by: "Alfresco" 25th Aug 2013
Alfresco

This is one of the most spacious M-ATX based cases on the market. It's … This is one of the most spacious M-ATX based cases on the market. It's perfect for a small gaming rig. The PSU in the top and the sideways mounted drive bays are to allow for big graphics cards and better air flow. It's like a tardis inside and the entire front panel is one big filtered air intake.


I'm thinking of getting this. Do you have to remove some of the HDDs in order to make the graphics card fit? My graphics card will be either a GTS 450 or a 7790 Sapphire. I'd want to put in my SSD and at least one HDD.

Edit: When I wrote this comment I didn't even notice your username Alfresco. You're everywhere on the forums!
Edited by: "quixoticduck" 25th Aug 2013
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