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 Post subject: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:02 am 
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I've been looking for a look-alike case, something like the iBuyPower Revolt, or Alienware's x51. But all the mini ITX cases i've seen are cubed, tall, or just not the size of a console.

Requirements - minimum 300W PSU
- Able to hold a full sized GPU (R9 270)
- room for 1 SSD, 1 HDD.
- room for closed loop liquid cooler (CPU) [optional]

I contacted retailers to see if they would sell me JUST the case and PSU, to no avail. I have looked at the EVGA Hadron Air, but it is a tad tall/wide to fit into my entertainment centre, and that particular case cannot be safely placed upon it's side.

Any recommendations?


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:24 pm 
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One of the SilverStone cases (the SG series) should work. It probably won't fit a liquid cooler though.


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:17 am 
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The Fractal Node 304 could be made to hold an AIO liquid cooler and meet the rest of your requirements.


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:14 pm 
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I'm partial to the BitFenix Prodigy. Its got a large enough interior to fit a 240mm overheard radiator or a 12.5 inch graphics card and its mini-itx size. decent price too.

http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/produ ... digy#specs


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:32 pm 
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The Prodigy is very large for a Mini-ITX case, especially for what OP wants. Heck, they managed to make a Micro-ATX version of the case without changing the dimensions.


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:51 am 
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Yeah it's a cube. But it's got what you're after. Doesn't come with a psu so you can add what you need. You can put in a bunch of drives. And you can install that monster gpu.
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product ... lite%20130


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:40 pm 
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811163242

Highly recommend the Silverstone PSUs, SFX, no more than 5.5" (140mm) penetration.

Have to use 2.5" drives (x 4).

Uses a External Drive Bay: 9.5mm/12.7mm slim slot-loading optical drive. May use 2 of the 2.5" drive space if occupied---look b4 buying.

Uses low profile card.

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Not likely good for liquid cooling as you want a case that can hold a full length GPU double wide case (mini-DTX).


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 Post subject: Re: Any recommendations for a Mini ITX case?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:46 am 
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Sorry for the wait on the reply. :P

Anywho, thanks for all the recommendations. I've taken a peek at your suggestions and a couple of things.

1- BitFenix Prodigy, no. I think the case itself is wasted space. If you want a mid-sized tower, buy one, not this. If you want a mITX case, don't buy this one.
2- Silverstone Milo, SFF GPU? That will not do.
3- Elite 130, so far the best recommendation (even if it is a cube).
4- Fractal node 304, same idea as the Elite, just not as pretty :P

After the recommendations, nothing could accommodate ALL of my requirements, and think I should save my pennies right now (Haswell-E, DDR4, all that stuff coming up within the next year).

And as for my entertainment center, thinking of scraping it for one that could accommodate one of those cases :P


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