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Silverstone Tek Aluminum Mini ITX 140mm FanX1 USB3.0x2 3.5-Inchx1 and 2.5-Inchx2 Drive Bays Tower Computer Case FT03S-MINI - Silver

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Pros: Can fit an INSANE amount of power in such a small form factor, build quality is LITERALLY amazing, looks great, unique.

Cons: (These are small things) The little tabs on that attach the panels can get flimsy after a while, only up to 10" gpu, only one HDD slot.

Okay. So I am kind of a nerd for finding computer cases and what I think looks good and matches peripherals and such. Many people don't pay attention to these things but I happen to and I'm glad I stumbled upon this case!

I can't believe how much one could possibly fit into such a small little thing. Here's the rig I have put in mine and I posted pics as well:

Intel Core i7 3770k @ 4.2 GHz
Zalman LQ-310 liquid cooler
Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI
Corsair Vengeance 16gb RAM
EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost SC
OCZ 480gb SSD
Seagate Barracuda 3tb HDD
Silverstone Slim-load DVDR drive
Silverstone 450w sfx modular 80+ gold PSU

Thats a ton of stuff and its pretty powerful too. CPU temps at IDLE are 31C and LOAD are 76C while the GPU is IDLE 30C and LOAD is 75C. That's just with one AP141 fan as intake from the bottom of the case. But anyways here's the pros and cons in more detail:

PROS:
1. As i've already made clear, the case can fit so much with such little room inside. Anyone could easily fit a GTX 670 in there with no problem. I've seen on youtube where someone put a Titan in there -__- I'm sure you would have to do some modding but its still crazy to have one in there!
2. The build quality is absolutely phenomenal. It's literally made up of four thick aluminum panels. I'm sure you could drop those panels from a rooftop and they'd be good as new.
3. The case looks great whether you get it in black or silver and cables are pretty much non-existent. Not really but they come out from right out the top instead of the back where a usual case has them routed. It really gives it a unique look and all my friends and peers who come over or record are shocked that it's my actual computer.

CONS:
1. The tabs that attach the panels to the chassis are a little flimsy from removing the panels so many times. They still work by all means but just a heads up.
2. Some people are going to complain they can't fit a bigger graphics card in here. If someone put a Titan in here, I'm sure you can have luck putting one in there too.
3. This is kind of big for me....THERES ONLY ONE SPACE FOR A HDD. I know a 3tb HDD is plenty of storage space, but I need separate drives since I'm double booting this as windows and mac. I have one SSD as boot for osX, the other SSD for windows, and the HDD for storage for the mac but I have no internal storage drive for my games on windows. I have two external drives one for time machine for osX and the other for steam for windows. It would be awesome if they fit another HDD cage in here.
4. Another issue is the cooling for your CPU. I do not recommend having an air cooler for your CPU in this case. It almost seems like an impossible task with every component installed. Your CPU would just melt to pieces. A slim, closed loop water cooler would be perfect if you wanted the drive cages in such as the Zalman I used or the Corsair H60.

If you are looking for a small, unique, mini itx case that WILL handle all the power most people will ever need, then this is the case for you. I posted pictures of mine from all angles and you can see it's pretty packed in there but I really took time to tidy the cables and make it look as nice as possible. I also have white sleeved extension cables in there which only adds more cables. If you just had the stock cables, you'd be just as fine. The last thing is that it's not necessary to have the DVD drive cage and HDD cages mounted in here. You can easily leave those out for more airflow, space, or to put a bigger rad to cool you CPU. Leaving the two cages out will also give much more space to work with for cabling.

Hope this helps. smile.gif
Silverstone Tek Aluminum Mini ITX 140mm FanX1 USB3.0x2 3.5-Inchx1 and 2.5-Inchx2 Drive Bays Tower Computer Case FT03S-MINI - Silver
Description:

After releasing the ground breaking Fortress FT03 chassis in 2011, SilverStone engineers took on the challenge of making a smaller version to further increase the appeal of this unique computer form factor. Through intelligent planning and reengineering, the engineers were able to create the FT03-MINI, which improves on the simplistic design of the FT03 while reducing the size by 50%. Using 2.5mm thick, sand-blasted and anodized aluminum outer shells with no cable connectors and vents on all four sides to complement an efficient, organized layout, this chassis helps SilverStone to again set new standards in small form factor computers. The interior of the FT03-MINI utilizes SilverStone's unique stack effect cooling layout so a Mini-ITX motherboard is mounted in 90 degree rotation to take advantage of hot air's natural tendency to rise. The FT03-MINI can accommodate graphic cards up to 10", support one 3.5" and two 2.5" drives, and even entry-level liquid cooling can be installed to satisfy needs of enthusiasts. As the new small form factor chassis addition to the Fortress series, the FT03-MINI is truly a paradigm.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandSilverStone
EAN0844761008864
FeatureSuper mini footprint design with no cables and vents on four sides Ample space for CPU cooling (78mm in height) Elevated standoff for motherboard back side components Includes 140mm Air Penetrator fan and support entry level liquid cooling Support for two 2.5" SSD/hard drives and one 3.5" hard drive Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX motherboard & SFX PSU compatible Standard-length expansion cards support (10 inches)
LabelSilverstone Tek
ManufacturerSilverstone Tek
ModelFT03S-MINI
PublisherSilverstone Tek
StudioSilverstone Tek
TitleSilverstone Tek Aluminum Mini ITX 140mm FanX1 USB3.0x2 3.5-Inchx1 and 2.5-Inchx2 Drive Bays Tower Computer Case FT03S-MINI - Silver
UPC844761008864
ColorSilver
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementCS-FT03S-MINI
Item Height19 inches
Item Length13 inches
Item Width11 inches
Package Height10.4 inches
Package Length19 inches
Package Weight12.8 pounds
Package Width12.2 inches
PackageQuantity1
ProductGroupPersonal Computer
ProductTypeNameSYSTEM_CABINET
UPCList - UPCListElement844761008864
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