I am looking to fit these components in the smallest case possible when I travel overseas. I am concerned with a few of the smaller cases that have the power supply sucking air from the cpu fan (ie the Lian Li pc-q07 and q11).
This is the list of components im planning on purchasing and installing:
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GV-N460OC-1GI Video Card
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
The mitx form factor is a small form factor about 170mmx170mm.
The best case that i would recommend would be Lian Li's or SilverStone awesome mitx line up.They have great cases made for smaller form factors.The chassis of the Silverstone and the Lian Li is really solid some even made out of Aluminum.
The Sugo SG07, with a size that slots in between the venerable SG01 Micro-ATX SFF case from 2005 and the SG05, a powerful Mini-ITX case released in 2009, was designed to take the Mini-ITX platform to a whole new level.
It is twice as powerful as the SG05 but only 37% bigger. Its custom 600W power supply, which is rated up to 50?with 80 PLUS Bronze level efficiency and single +12V rail, was carefully chosen and optimized for SG07.
Exhaustive testing was conducted to create unique VGA fan duct and exhaust vents that enable SG07 to not only accommodate the longest consumer graphics cards physically (up to 12.2 inches/310mm) but also capable of supporting graphics thermal profile of up to 400W through overclocking. For the CPU and motherboard area, a record-breaking use of 180mm fan (bigger than the Mini-ITX motherboard!) with vortex generating design was utilized to provide possibility of fanless CPU cooling of up to 95W (via CPU cooler such as SilverStone’s NT06-E). But despite having tremendous amount of cooling performance, the SG07 is easy to maintain as well. It employs positive pressure layout with all intake areas fitted with removable filters so dust will not accumulate inside. If the goal is to make the ultimate Mini-ITX system, the SG07 is hard to beat.
Support graphics cards up to 12.2 inches and 400W
AMD Radeon HD 5970 – 12.2"
AMD Radeon HD 5870 – 11"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 – 10.5"
AMD Radeon HD 5850 – 9.5"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX470 – 9.5"
Manufacturer: Silverstone Tech. Fan Bays: 1 x 180mm
Edition: Fans Included: 1 x 180mm
Form Factor: Mini DTX
Material: SECC Dimensions: 222 x 190 x 350 (WxHxD mm)
Front Panel: 1 x Line Out
1 x Mic In
2 x USB 2.0
Colour: Black/ Silver
PSU : 600 W Weight: 4.9 Kg (Approx)
Drive Bays: 2 x 2.5" Internal
1 x 3.5" Internal
1 x Slim Optical
I believe the above case is the best one for your needs, as its actualy flat enough to fit nicely in a suitcase.
That case looks amazing and certainly fits the requirements. The only problem is that it starts around $220 in the US, which places it outside of my price range. My fiance would kill me if she new I spent over $200 on just the case .
I was looking at the Silverstone SG02 and SG03 as well as the Lian Li Q08. Any thoughts would be appreciated as this build has to last me a while.