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option A: SilverStone FT03 - $169
>i like it a lot, the fact that it has very high power per cubic inch, it can fit an addition Twin Frozr 6950 or 2 new cards comfortably. the ports being on the top are nice and convenient so i can put it in a corner and have all of my stuff plugged in where i can get to it. the space saving would be really nice in a cramped dorm room. any heat wont be an issue since i dont overclock. i alos go to a few LAN parties a year and this will be easier to move around college/LANS

option B: NZXT Phantom - $149
>also like this a lot, specifically the green TigerDirect one. i like the classy-rice look, and i love green, so i would put some green LED fans in it, and its a great case with lots of room for cables and stuff. and i would save a little money on that and being able to get a lower end mobo. technically this is a superior case and i like the look more as i can fill it with matching green LED fans and show off how much of a ricer i am, and it saves some cash.

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building this rig for a New Media Development degree at RIT, going to be doing programming, video editing, gaming, 3D modelling and such things. waiting for bulldozer to build, hoping the 8 cores will turn out nice, if not ill get a 2600k. planning on using RAID 0 with 1TB caviar blacks also, shooting to play Battlefield 3 in Eyefinity (5760x1080) as far as game performance and cut down render times in work performance

help me decide, im kind of leaning toward the SilverStone but im so on the fence i might end up flipping a coin
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Both are amazing cases you need to just chose one based on looks really, Because everyone likes different things, at the end of the day you're the one that has to look at it every day.

I personally chose a case based on performance and then worry about making it look the best i can, so i'd personally go for the Phantom if it were me.
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Wow I've never seen the green phantom, looks amazing! That FT03 looks weird, but is space saving, dunno seems kindof like a hot box.
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personally like the NZXT Phantom(has more dimensions) , but i do like both cases. really does boil down to a personal preference on looks alone.
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post #6 of 17
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Actually i was only assuming the FT03 could fit 2 GPU's because there are mATX boards that support it but i can't find anything that specifically states that it works.

Can anyone confirm?


Nevermind, I found a post of a SilverStone tech saying the fan at the bottom can be rmoved for a second card.
Edited by Strelok - 5/8/11 at 12:33am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Strelok View Post
Actually i was only assuming the FT03 could fit 2 GPU's because there are mATX boards that support it but i can't find anything that specifically states that it works.

Can anyone confirm?


Nevermind, I found a post of a SilverStone tech saying the fan at the bottom can be rmoved for a second card.
All depends on the PCI-e slot spacing on the motherboard.

e.g. If slots 1 and 3 are PCI-e x16 (pic below) then you can CF/SLI in this case.



However if slots 1 and 4 are PCI-e x16 (Pic below) then you can't.

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Originally Posted by jammo2k5 View Post
All depends on the PCI-e slot spacing on the motherboard.

e.g. If slots 1 and 3 are PCI-e x16 (pic below) then you can CF/SLI in this case.

However if slots 1 and 4 are PCI-e x16 (Pic below) then you can't.
Well ****. I don't think theres many Sandy Bridge mobo's like that on newegg and i doubt there will be any Bulldozer's like that for a while after launch.
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Why can't you sli with 1 and 4?? Can't you just get a longer flex bridge?
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post #10 of 17
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Why can't you sli with 1 and 4?? Can't you just get a longer flex bridge?
The FT03 only has 4 expansion slots.

So you would need a single slot card in the 4th slot, so its technically possible.
Edited by Strelok - 5/8/11 at 6:42pm
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