Small Form Factor Face-Off! We Compare 5 Compact Contenders

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Mayhemm

The problem I have with these made-to-order machines (other than the prices) is the cable management.  It's just so damn pretty (in most cases).

 

These companies build their machines for the hardware that's going to be in them and that's it.  No other considerations. Not to mention they're put together by people with hands the size of my 5 year-old niece!

 

I mean, can you imagine the hell you'd have to go through if one of the Radeon 6990 fans dies in that AVADirect box?!  You'd have to undo EVERYTHING they did to make the system look decent inside.....then you'd have to try and PUT IT ALL BACK!  No thanks.

 

I greatly admire these guys for the wizardry they pull squishing huge hardware into small spaces, but I wouldn't touch one with a ten-foot pole.

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Maki

Falcon is the best. Of course, it's little expensive, but this is excellent machine with perfect video card.

 

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LasVegasRich@gm...

I wonder why Shuttle Computers didn't come to the party? I was looking forward to seeing how a J Series machine stacked up against the others.

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Engelsstaub

The Fragbox just looks so freaking cool. If I had any money right now...

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Archtard

I built the "Builder's Creed" machine and put it in a HAF X tower. Its a great machine on a budget, but now I wish I had gone with a micro ATX and a small form factor case.  Don't get me wrong, the HAF X is a great case that keeps things cool, but it is massive!

I plan on building a small form factor bulldozer machine pending the release and reviews of the new AMD chip.

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MattyMattMatt

The image is funny because Kinder Egg/Surprise is illegal in the US. In fact they will be seized at the border. I know because I had a fill box/rack of them and they were taken at the border.

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ABouman

Hmm.... don't know what to tell you MattyMattMatt... we didn't have any trouble finding stores in San Francisco that sold them.

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MattyMattMatt

Then lucky you, as they are not legal and anyone selling them can face a fine. I can't remember what they quoted me, but it wasn't that much, but I readily gave them up so they didn't fine me.

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sivboy

Actually, you can purchase the Kinder Egg's at the Duty Free Store by the boarder to Canada, and they let you bring em in... Wife and I have done it alot.

 

On topic, Awesome write up guy's! As one who loves the Small boxes, I'm diging it 110%!

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MattyMattMatt

Did they search your car? I was pulled into a random search and the officers took the eggs as contraband. Maybe they just really wanted to eat them themselves?

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sivboy

That's interesting about the ban.... I just remembered that we bought some in Chicago this past Christmas by the Tree... Guy was selling a boat load at a stand... talk about sneaking them in!

 

Either way, neither here nor there with the article...

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Kinetic

Glad to see this review, small form factor pcs have always interested and I plan on using the FT03 in my next build. To me a powerful micro-atx or mini-itx build is much more impressive than someone just buying the fastest parts they can find and throwing them in a massive case.

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praetor_alpha

I've been rocking a microATX rig for over 3 years. Built it on $2700 during college, ended up being the fastest system that most people had ever seen.

Just need to find a small case that can handle a 10+" video card, and you're golden. Most people (like myself) would compromise on dual video cards: it's a smaller machine, not a miracle worker. Also cuts down on the noise. Save the money and get nicer monitor, keyboard, mouse, or sound card.

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