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Which small form factor case for gaming?

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January 20, 2013 6:01:35 PM

Hey guys,

I'm looking at these cases for a $800-ish gaming PC. I want to make sure it fits a pretty good video card and that the machine is relatively silent as well.


SilverStone Fortress Series FT03S

Fractal Design Define Mini

Abee Acubic T20R:

Do you have any experiences with these cases? Or other recommendations?

Any input would be great! :) 
a b ) Power supply
January 20, 2013 7:34:04 PM

The Fractal Define mini seems like a great case, and it has a bottom mounted PSU, it's quiet and has a removable HDD cage to fit a very large GPU.

You could also look at the Fractal Node 304, a nice looking case with a very good internal layout. You can fit a large GPU if you remove one mounting bracket for hard drives.
a b ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 8:36:30 PM

the define mini is probably your best choice.

i would also like to see the specs that you plan on putting inside the rig. i can guarantee something can be swapped out for something better
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January 20, 2013 8:47:58 PM

Try the HAF XB. I really like it as well as the Elite 120.
a b ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 8:58:34 PM

the haf xb is pretty big
a b ) Power supply
January 21, 2013 6:53:37 PM

I like the idea of building this gaming rig in the Node 304:

I was thinking about getting this Radeon HD 7850 to put in it:

Would that fit and what kind of PSU would I get?

You can fit the XFX 7850 in the Node 304, but probably the cables from the power supply are going to interfere with the GPU in some way. So buy a quality PSU from Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX or Pc Power & Cooling, which length is under 6.3 inches to prevent a clearance problem.

If you can post all the hardware specifications of your build we could suggest you a good power supply. But i'm sure you won't need more than 400 to 500 watts, so the Corsair CX500 or Seasonic s12II from 430 watts to 520 watts are going to be the best options for you.
a b ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
January 21, 2013 8:52:35 PM

the node was really for a nas build

the xfx 550w should be good for that case