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Mission Impossible: Case Advice Needed!!!

Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by HookeyStreet, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. HookeyStreet

    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    Right, my m8 loves the small cases (he currently has a very nice Shuttle system) but he wants a change because he would like to get a standard ATX style motherboard for his C2D and add 2 nVIDIA cards in Sli (2x 8800's or 2x 8900's ;) )

    BUT!.....

    Hes a fussy git and wants the case to remain on the small size (ie pretty much like a Shuttle style case) only bigger! He doesnt like 'Media Centre' cases either LOL

    Hes looking for an ATX case with dimensions close to this:

    16 inch (460mm) high, 13 inch (330mm) deep, 10 inch (254mm) wide.

    Any help would be great guys :)
     
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    so nvm on the small mobo?
     
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    take him to the local shippers and tell him to get whichever box looks best!!!...LMAO!
    Cardboard can be your friend too!
     
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    I do not think it is wise to keep to such small dimensions aformentioned, it is simply too thermally challengine and impractical. May I ask, how small is his current computer?
     
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    a you prob have seen.. the TT lanbox!? that case is pure sex. xD
     
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    this guy is going for a full sized ATX mobo... chewy.. Why dont you tell this guy that he cant get a case that small with two 8800s to operate safely within :S...

    Does your friend know what reality is?

    That Lian li case is excellent, for the 8800s...
     
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    Those won't do. He want ATX, not mATX, but he wants to keep it around mATX size.



    @Hookey, I think you're gonna have to tell your friend to make a choice.

    A). Keep his mATX and forget about going SLI

    B.) Make a small size sacrifice in his case, and go with something around the size of the Lian-Li I posted above, and have SLI and a good ATX mobo.

    The way I see it, those are his only options. And like TK said above, a case any smaller than the Lian-Li mentioned above, will likely cause him to have thermal issues with a pair of 8800s.

    Why does he want it to be so small, anyway?

    Also, does he realize that an ATX board is 9.6" wide? That would only give him 3.4" in front of the mobo for components, by using his depth of 13". It just isn't gonna happen. Maybe a cube style case, but those might be too wide for him. I'll try to find one, but he's probably gonna have to compromise on his dimensions, period.
     
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    Just did as much searching for cube cases that I could, and guess what. Every single case that I came across that supports ATX, is deeper than 13". I'm fairly confident that nobody makes an ATX case that shallow, only mATX.
     
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    lol a matx sized case that fits ATX. Yeah, lets fit a car inside my antec P150!

    Its not possible to have a motherboard larger than the case, and two GTX's are going to need incredible airflow. He needs to choose a weaker system, or a larger case - end story.

    Edit: hell, a GTX is ~ 12" long anyway, so you'd NEED at least a 13" deep case (assuming HD bays and that werent in the way) just to make the VIDEO card fit!
     
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    Seriously no insults but ask your dumb friend to be more realistic. There's gonna be heat problems.
     
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    I totally agree, he does know that there are some great cases on the market, but all are of the larger ATX variety. I would like to see him go for a larger case and forget about the small systems, he does need the room for airflow because hes into overclocking and building monster gaming rigs LOL

    I will see if I can talk him round today ;)

    I did say "why not go to the other extreme?", instead of very very small, why not go very very big? (with something like the CoolerMaster Stacker!) :rockout:
     
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    Hes not an idiot, just a perfectionist ;)
     
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    Hell yes!
     
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    I third the CM Stacker 830 vote! lol
     
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    Now how do I persuade him to leave the little cases and go for a huge beast of a case?????????
     
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    Tell him that they are easier to build in, fit more possible upgrades, have better airflow-therefore better cooling, and some of the just look damn, sexy. lol Plaus, many of them have features like slide out mobo trays, and are convertable to different form factors. My 830 is also capable of BTX, reverse ATX, E-ATX(In case he ever wan't to do a dual cpu set up). In short, big, high quality cases are simple capable of more.

    A nice big Lian-Li or Stacker would kick ass. The build quality of either would blow his mind.
     

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