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post #1 of 30
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Hey OCN,

I haven't posted here in a while but summer is coming up and I've decided to get my self a new rig.

I've decided to go with a small form factor build this time.

I would like to go ATX or micro-ATX (more likely).

The Lian Li A05 I like, but would require heavy modification to get it to what I want it to be. I'm looking for a case that I would have to do minimal modification to.

Decent cooling is a must. I would also like it to have a window and the inside to be black. If necessary, I can paint it myself.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 30
for a good m-ATX case look at the NZXT Vulcan
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post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post
for a good m-ATX case look at the NZXT Vulcan
I'm sorry but that case is really ugly. I'm looking more along the lines of a Lian Li or Silverstone.
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post #4 of 30
Have you looked at the A04? Theyll pop up every once in a while on newegg. I got mine a couple of months back and I love it.

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post #5 of 30
A04 (for mATX only though), you can check it out in my build log in my sig.
 
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post #7 of 30
i knows its not super small but i loved my p180 matx. great cooling and can fit any large heatsink or vcards.
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Mw==
harddive bay's are removable ...it's just a great case
Edited by toyz72 - 5/9/11 at 10:03pm
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post #8 of 30
Lian Li V600F or A04.
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post #9 of 30
This is very recommended!

Corsair 650D.. sounds like it will suit you perfectly!

brushed ally front
window
black interior
dual 200mm fans (front and top) airflow
a single 120mm fan on the rear


Edited by smorg - 5/10/11 at 8:36am
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post #10 of 30
I propose the newly released Silverstone FT03 Black.
Small, sleek and powerful looking.
In my opinion, it has everything you ask (except the window).

Link:http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...s.php?pno=FT03

Edit 1:
It fits micro ATX, not ATX.
Edited by windfire - 5/10/11 at 6:10am
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