Fractal Design Define S ATX Computer Case, £57.99 from amazon - Prime Exclusive
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Fractal Design Define S ATX Computer Case, £57.99 from amazon - Prime Exclusive

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Found 4th May
I am very happy with this case, plenty of space and dead silent.
Optimally designed for silent computing, while not compromising on airflow and cooling capabilities
Innovative internal layout, providing a perfectly straight airflow path to the CPU heatsink for air cooling set ups or extensiveradiator mounting possibilities for water cooling set ups
Extensive water cooling support for a case of this size; housing radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front
Including smart reservoir brackets; featuring drill-free reservoir mounting on the front of the motherboard tray and predrilledpump mounting holes on the bottom panel
Equipped with ModuVent fan slot covers providing the option of additional cooling or maximum sound absorption

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This is usually the standard price for this, not really a deal. It is infact though an amazing case as I have it myself but got it for £48 when it was discounted.

Highly recommend the case but the price is a standard price for this case.

Does this have mounting behind the door for optical drives?

Original Poster

UriStamonov

Does this have mounting behind the door for optical drives?


no, more room for water cooling, more details here
Edited by: "zed68" 4th May

UriStamonov

Does this have mounting behind the door for optical drives?



No it doesn't. You can't attach cd/dvd drives into it if that's what you mean. Best option is to buy a usb external one. The front panel removes but to get to the dust filter.
Edited by: "Danjw91" 4th May

Danjw91

This is usually the standard price for this, not really a deal. It is … This is usually the standard price for this, not really a deal. It is infact though an amazing case as I have it myself but got it for £48 when it was discounted.Highly recommend the case but the price is a standard price for this case.



Just in case, I buy the case, can you tell me where you bought your case for £48. Id probably buy the case, if it was the case, that I could get he case for £48. I'd take the case home in a suitcase, as I would be carrying up my staircase. I store my suitcase on top of my bookcase.

My favourite A team character was Face

CaseyMcCase

Just in case, I buy the case, can you tell me where you bought your case … Just in case, I buy the case, can you tell me where you bought your case for £48. Id probably buy the case, if it was the case, that I could get he case for £48. I'd take the case home in a suitcase, as I would be carrying up my staircase. I store my suitcase on top of my bookcase. My favourite A team character was Face



I got it from Amazon when it was on offer.

Danjw91

I got it from Amazon when it was on offer.


i think you mean 'some place'

brilly

i think you mean 'some place'



No. I meant Amazon.

Danjw91

This is usually the standard price for this, not really a deal. It is … This is usually the standard price for this, not really a deal. It is infact though an amazing case as I have it myself but got it for £48 when it was discounted.Highly recommend the case but the price is a standard price for this case.



hasn't been £48 for a long time. i've had it on watch
Edited by: "plath" 6th May

plath

hasn't been £48 for a long time. i've had it on watch



I got it in January for £48 something then paid £3.99 postage as well

Edited by: "Danjw91" 6th May

Dont know about this model but I've got the Define R5, which looks very similar.
I spent ages trying to decide which case to get and the R5 for me is brilliant, even though its a mid tower, it is huge for what it is. The R5 has a bay for adding external/optical drives.

I got it for around £80 new a few months ago.

Dan__

Dont know about this model but I've got the Define R5, which looks very … Dont know about this model but I've got the Define R5, which looks very similar. I spent ages trying to decide which case to get and the R5 for me is brilliant, even though its a mid tower, it is huge for what it is. The R5 has a bay for adding external/optical drives. I got it for around £80 new a few months ago.


The Define S and Define R5 are very closely related and are both fantastic cases.

If you need four or more 3.5” hard drives and/or support for optical bays, get the R5. If not, the cheaper Define S probably makes more sense; it still supports up to three 3.5” or 2.5" drives plus another two 2.5" drives. Obviously both cases also support M.2 drives attached directly to the 'board.

matt101101

The Define S and Define R5 are very closely related and are both … The Define S and Define R5 are very closely related and are both fantastic cases. If you need four or more 3.5” hard drives and/or support for optical bays, get the R5. If not, the cheaper Define S probably makes more sense; it still supports up to three 3.5” or 2.5" drives plus another two 2.5" drives. Obviously both cases also support M.2 drives attached directly to the 'board.



Also forgot to say........its the most silent case I've ever bought and seen. Honestly I can't even tell its on unless I look to see if the light is on at the top or if I see the motherboard led through the side window.


Dan__

Also forgot to say........its the most silent case I've ever bought and … Also forgot to say........its the most silent case I've ever bought and seen. Honestly I can't even tell its on unless I look to see if the light is on at the top or if I see the motherboard led through the side window.


Yeah, it's ridiculously good. I've got the non-windowed version of the Define S, so I got sound deadening material on both side panels, and to call it whisper quiet would be doing it an injustice; it's way quieter than a person whispering.

I disconnected the power and HDD indicator LEDs. My original plan was to swap the standard blue ones for white, but once I'd disconnected the blue LEDs I decided I really liked the understated, no LED look. In fact, overall it's a really understated case, I'm really glad that at least one company are making well spec'd, reasonably priced cases which can take high end hardware but don't have that awful, tacky, RGB-LED "gamer" aesthetic.

A superb case; one is sitting at my feet now. The only thing I don't like is the 'wasted space' where the optical/HDD bays would be on a normal case. If you're going to use water cooling then this is obviously useful for resevouir and pumps but for mere-mortals it makes it look like something is missing. If I were buying now, I'd go for the Define-C with the PSU shroud!
Edited by: "Q-Tec" 7th May

Gone up to £62

matt101101

Yeah, it's ridiculously good. I've got the non-windowed version of the … Yeah, it's ridiculously good. I've got the non-windowed version of the Define S, so I got sound deadening material on both side panels, and to call it whisper quiet would be doing it an injustice; it's way quieter than a person whispering.I disconnected the power and HDD indicator LEDs. My original plan was to swap the standard blue ones for white, but once I'd disconnected the blue LEDs I decided I really liked the understated, no LED look. In fact, overall it's a really understated case, I'm really glad that at least one company are making well spec'd, reasonably priced cases which can take high end hardware but don't have that awful, tacky, RGB-LED "gamer" aesthetic.



I was going to get the non window case as Im not into window cases but for some reason I changed my mind and after watching plenty of reviews on both non window and the window version, I went for the titanium window version. It is dead queit, even though one side doesnt have the full dampning.
I like the blue led light, gives it a nice sleek look. The only time I dont like it is when Im sitting back at night to watch some of my tv shows or films then it does irritate me, but not a problem as I just cover it up with a phone case or something.

I used to have a full tower case and this met my needs perfectly, both size and looks wise. Still got plenty of space in there to do more. Bare in mind that I was willing to spend upto £200 on a case but didnt find any that I liked and weren't worth the money.

Q-Tec

A superb case; one is sitting at my feet now. The only thing I don't like … A superb case; one is sitting at my feet now. The only thing I don't like is the 'wasted space' where the optical/HDD bays would be on a normal case. If you're going to use water cooling then this is obviously useful for resevouir and pumps but for mere-mortals it makes it look like something is missing. If I were buying now, I'd go for the Define-C with the PSU shroud!


You don't have to be faffing about with full on custom water cooling loops to make use of the extra space in the front of the Define S. I find the extra space gives peace of mind knowing I can have a large, push/pull AIO in the front of the case (it's quieter and lets in less dust than removing the ModuVent covers and putting it in the top) and still fit a 300mm+ GPU.

However, yeah, if you're absolutely sure you're not going to use the extra space for anything useful, you might be better served with the Define C.

Dan__

I was going to get the non window case as Im not into window cases but … I was going to get the non window case as Im not into window cases but for some reason I changed my mind and after watching plenty of reviews on both non window and the window version, I went for the titanium window version. It is dead queit, even though one side doesnt have the full dampning. I like the blue led light, gives it a nice sleek look. The only time I dont like it is when Im sitting back at night to watch some of my tv shows or films then it does irritate me, but not a problem as I just cover it up with a phone case or something.I used to have a full tower case and this met my needs perfectly, both size and looks wise. Still got plenty of space in there to do more. Bare in mind that I was willing to spend upto £200 on a case but didnt find any that I liked and weren't worth the money.


Yeah, it was at night that the blue LEDs annoyed me too, I thought white would be less distracting and hadn't really considered not having any until I'd disconnected the blue ones and realised I quite liked it. Mine is the black windowless one, so it looks a bit like a normal office PC, which is kinda the aesthetic I was going for; a sort of industrial minimalism kinda thing.

It meets my needs perfectly, too. I can't see that I'd ever need a new case for any hardware compatibility reason and the Define S seems to be about as quiet as cases get without using something like that (very expensive...) fanless thing Calyos are coming out with.

plath

hasn't been £48 for a long time. i've had it on watch



Ive just posted deal for this case, £49.95 but for the windowed version
Edited by: "Danjw91" 7th May
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