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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by HuLkY, May 29, 2017.

  1. HuLkY

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    Hi, I would like to choose a decent ITX case for my new build, What's the nearest case in dimensions like the DAN case? (I won't be able to buy the DAN case itself for $$$ reasons).
     
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    Dan Case = 7.2 L
    Crazy small, nothing will beat it.

    Tower style:
    NCase M1 = 12.6 L, as expensive
    Raijintek Metis Plus = 13.3 L

    Cube style:
    Silverstone SG05 = 10.8 L
    Silverstone SG13 = 11.5 L

    Console style:
    Fractal Node 202 = 10.2 L
    Silverstone RVZ02 = 12.2 L
     
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    list specs in order to help you ..
     
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    PC-Q21B Mini-ITX Cube at 8,5 liters

    only fits MITX GFX
     
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    I'd choose the Fractal Node 202. Have seen it in person and even did a build for a friend. Can't say anything bad about it and it does look really nice imho. It also is the most flexible when it comes to putting it somewhere hidden.

    The Cougar QBX might also be worth a look.

    A previous thread here on TPU called Mini ITX Chassis might also be worth a look/read.
     
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    This, Everyone is recommending cases without knowing what he's putting in it.
     
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    Even the smallest ITX cases can house almost any hardware. Since he already mentioned that the Dan Cases A4-SFX would've been his case of choice, I'd imagine he's aware of possible limitations of such small cases...
     
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    More about GPU lenghts really, ITX cases often need to have short GPUs.
     
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    Dan Case A4-SFX: up to 295mm
    Fractal Design Node 202: up to 310mm
    Cougar QBX: up to 350mm

    Basically no restrictions whatsoever ...
     
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    Oh sorry, I thought I saw other cases listed and suggested in this thread.

    O wait.

    Raijintek Metis : 170mm
    Silverstone SG05 : 254mm with width limitation of 129mm
    Silverstone SG13 : 266mm with width limitation of 129mm

    etcetc.
     
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    Ok, I'll give you that point...
    But even if people list potential cases without knowing what hardware the OP is planning on using, I'd imagine the OP is intelligent enough to sort out the ones that don't fit his idea of a mini ITX build himself ;)

    Having said that, looking forward to my Dan Cases A4-SFX v2. But it's still such a long time ...
     
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    aye, but we dont know if OP is about to setup watercooling or any other big hardware setup there... thats why its better to know the specs, cooler, video card and also drives are must to know when recommending cases or whatever..
     
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    ITX enthusiasts pick a case first, and only then they'll start doing research on compatible components that'll suit their demands - not the other way 'round.
     
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    ^^ Exactly.

    This truly unique and by far the most beautiful PC case I've ever seen is DeepCool Tristellar Bill Owen edition. It's expensive and I think that it's already sold out. It surely has enough space for long GPU up to 320 mm and can hold 120mm AIO water cooler or air cooler up to 80 mm tall.
    TRISTELLAR-S-Case-1.jpg
     
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    Look at EVGA Hardon. That's the one I consider for my LianLi replacement.
    There are two variants:
    - Hydro, which is suitable for watercooling installation
    - Air, the same thing, just without rad compartment on top (looks a bit smaller)
    Both come with pre-installed 500W 80+ GOLD PSU. It's a standard 1U PSU, like on server racks, so if at any point of time you want to upgrade/downgrade or get a replacement in case of failure - there are some good options from FSP, Seasonic, Athenatech and Supermicro.

    In regards to Lian Li Q-xx cases, I am really disappointed. PC-Q21 is pretty much the same as my Q11, except the PSU mounts are for SFX form factor, and there is no giant front fan.
    That PSU mounting location blocks so much airflow, that my i3-6100 can easily hit 80-85C on a hot summer day during gaming sessions. Stress tests put it at 90C easily (I have no AC in the house).

    Another popular option for ITX gaming rigs is Bitfenix Prodigy. My brother used one for his gaming rig, and so far it gets the job done. Runs i5-6600 and a humongous triple-fan GTX980Ti, all powered by a full-size ATX PSU.
    Silverstone Raven is also pretty good (similar to Node 202).
     
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    Seems like the Hadron Air is not available anymore. The Hydro variant is 18.2 liters - so not really mini-ITX worthy and doesn't fit what the OP was asking for ...
     
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