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September 30, 2012 1:57:31 PM

Hi there

I'm looking for the smallest possible computer case for my build, that won't cause overheating. I'm currently at college and have limited space.

Here's the build

Asus GTX 680
Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Intel i7 3770k
Noctua NH-D14 Fan
G.Skill 1866MHz X79 32gb (Is this definitely compatible with my mobo?)
Corsair TX 650W PSU
LG Blu-ray writer
Corsair 2.5" SSD

Which computer case would you recommend? It has the be as small as possible.

I'm willing to change my mobo in order to accommodate a smaller case.


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a b ) Power supply
September 30, 2012 3:06:52 PM

consider itx, or certainly micro atx. Mini itx would be better

Someone on here has pics of a build. i'm seriously considering it.

There are smaller, overheating is related to how many changes of air you get per minute, i.e. the ration of fan cfm to space in the case. Imagine a really big case with tiny fans vs a reall small case with big fans, which has the most fresh air for cooling?
September 30, 2012 3:11:35 PM

Nice, that sounds good..

I've decided to change my build to make it more cost effective.

Here's the new one:

Asus GTX 670
Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Intel i5 3570k
G.Skill 1600MHz X79 16gb
Corsair TX 650W PSU
LG Blu-ray writer
Intel 2.5" SSD

Which mini itx mobo and case would you recommend? (that'll fit the parts above)
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a b ) Power supply
September 30, 2012 3:13:54 PM

note that mobo is not mini itx
September 30, 2012 3:20:44 PM

Oh right, that looks like a very nice case.

What kind of a mobo would you suggest for it?
a b ) Power supply
September 30, 2012 3:24:47 PM

very little choice on mini itx, depends where you shop
September 30, 2012 3:29:50 PM

Right. I think a normal full atx case would be the best choice IMO.

What do you think of the Antec 300?
a b ) Power supply
September 30, 2012 3:41:45 PM

I have little opinion, other than really liking the fractal design cases. not hearing anything bad about the antecs though, i've got a P180 B myself. You have to figure out what is important to you, expandability, size, cost, noise? and then you can work out what you really want.