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September 30, 2012 1:55:03 AM

I am trying to build a high end gaming rig, which would be no problem... but I want to try something new, I want to go tiny.

I am trying to find a case that will fit a full size ATX PSU and video card but still be comically small. I currently have a Silverstone GD04 Grandia for my HTPC, but I was hoping to go smaller... My requirements:

Must be able to cool and accomidate the following:
1155 Z77 Motherboard Micro ATX
Intel 3570 Ivy Bridge
16GB DDR3 1600 or better
2 2.5" or 2 3.5" HDDs
Prefer ATI 7950 (10.6" long) but willing to go to 660ti (9.5") if size is an issue.


So far I like the looks of the Silverstone SG02F, it seems to fit the bill, but it also seems like heat may be an issue. Does anyone know of any other cases that are approx the same size if not smaller?

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September 30, 2012 3:07:55 AM

Apparently the SG02F isn't made anymore. Now I am back to square one.
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September 30, 2012 3:23:10 AM

I can recommend the Lian li PC-Q08. It is even smaller, at 13.58" x 8.94" x 10.71"
It will hold a 300mm graphics card(11.8")
The cooling with a 140mm intake fan is sufficient, actually very good.
If you can find one in red, the color is stunning. I don't think they are making that color any more, only black or silver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_i...
There are some very active forums on just this case.
The main challenge is to find the best downdraft cooler that fits. I think it is the thermalright AXP140.

Another possibility is the slightly larger bitfenix prodigy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 30, 2012 3:25:08 AM

SG02F at FrozenCPU

I've never understood the desire to make a compact gaming system. High end gaming components mean a lot of heat. Small cases mean a lot of heat accumulation. A lot of heat accumulation means the need for more (usually) noisy fans.

-Wolf sends
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September 30, 2012 3:46:35 AM

Wolfshadw said:
SG02F at FrozenCPU

I've never understood the desire to make a compact gaming system. High end gaming components mean a lot of heat. Small cases mean a lot of heat accumulation. A lot of heat accumulation means the need for more (usually) noisy fans.

-Wolf sends

The reason for a compact gaming system is... compactness.
One might want transportability, or have a restricted deskspace.

Yes, high end parts do generate heat, but they are built to tolerate high temperatures.
Modern 28nm graphics cards and 22nm cpu 's run cooler than their predecessors.
If overclocking is kept to conservative levels, heat will not be a insoluble issue.

If a small case has good airflow, that heat is not hard to exhaust from the case.
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September 30, 2012 4:22:03 AM

I am in the USCG and may bring this computer on a ship. If you have never been on a ship you have no idea how little space you are actually given.

That Lian Li case seems to only hold a mini ITX mobo, I would really prefer to use a micro ATX as there are only 3 Z77 mobo options on newegg.com for a mini ITX and I haven't been able to find any reviews on them.
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September 30, 2012 4:28:12 AM

Wolfshadw said:
SG02F at FrozenCPU

I've never understood the desire to make a compact gaming system. High end gaming components mean a lot of heat. Small cases mean a lot of heat accumulation. A lot of heat accumulation means the need for more (usually) noisy fans.

-Wolf sends


I do believe Tom's Hardware stuffed a high-end GPU (or two) and an i5 in a micro ATX case a while ago, and skirted around the space/heat issue by using a pre-built water cooling system.
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September 30, 2012 3:54:07 PM

phobiarg said:
I am in the USCG and may bring this computer on a ship. If you have never been on a ship you have no idea how little space you are actually given.

That Lian Li case seems to only hold a mini ITX mobo, I would really prefer to use a micro ATX as there are only 3 Z77 mobo options on newegg.com for a mini ITX and I haven't been able to find any reviews on them.


If you want small, you are looking at ITX.
There are good reviews for the Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe and ASRock Z77E-ITX
Google is your friend to find them.
But, they are both pricey. $200 and $150 respectively.

There is a much better option. I just ordered a B75 based ITX motherboard, the ASRock B75M-ITX.
The 3 newegg reviews were all good.
The main use is as a backup pc with a dual core ivy i3-3225.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The price is $89, and you do not give up anything worthwhile between B75 and Z77.
The things you give up is no pci, or multiple pci-e x16 support which is a moot point for a ITX motherboard.
Here is a link to a full comparison of chipsets:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155

For the moment, I am not much interested in overclocking, but it will support overclocking of a "K" if I ever decide to move my 3570K into it and overclock.

A single X16 slot can support a card as good as a GTX690, or whatever the GTX7xx series brings. There is no need for more graphics power than that when using a single 1080P monitor.

You might find this forum thread on a PC-Q08 gaming build interesting:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1260571/mini-itx-gaming-mons...
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