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post #1 of 15
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hi there!

i love small form factor cases. i had been all set on the Danger Den Water Box Plus. but the more i spent time looking it over and planning the build, the less i think it's going to work out aesthetically in a way i would like.

so i would really appreciate any recommendations you might have for another case.

some important things to note:

* This will be a single loop, i7 920 and GTX 570. Rad will most likely be a RX240 or 360, depending on space. I'm fine with either, and was originally planning on a 240.

* Vanity window is very important and should be prominent. Will also continue to consider acrylic cases.

* I love SFF, but I accept the limitations in case choices. I'd like to first try moving up one size, to mid-towers, before looking at full towers.

* I will be using a mATX board.

* i need two 5.25" bays


any and all insights and recommendations you may have will be most welcome. i'm excited to see where this will go next. =)

thanks gents!
Edited by nicodemus - 5/13/11 at 5:50pm
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post #2 of 15
I would choose the HAF 912 or the HAF 922

The 912 is a Mid Tower Case nd while there is no side window you could mod one in. You couldpossibly fit a 240 rad inside the case at the top with fans.

The 922 is a XL Mid Tower. This means that its in between a Mid and Full. The one I listed up there does have a side window and with the 922 I know that you can fit a 240 rad at the top inside the case with fans. (I have already done the measurments for mine when/if I ever get the funds to go H2O)
Edited by Erick Silver - 5/13/11 at 5:59pm
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post #3 of 15
if you don't mind modding the LIAN LI PC-A05NB fits the bill, if not, something like the corsair 650d
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post #4 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebadlemonade View Post
if you don't mind modding the LIAN LI PC-A05NB fits the bill, if not, something like the corsair 650d
This.

Maybe an arc midi (when they come out) modded.
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post #6 of 15
Case labs. Look in sig
The half 912 or 922 will require modding
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post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juggalo23451 View Post
Case labs. Look in sig
The half 912 or 922 will require modding

Case Labs case is ginormous...

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I love SFF, but I accept the limitations in case choices. I'd like to first try moving up one size, to mid-towers, before looking at full towers.
post #8 of 15
What Modding with they require? The 922 already comes with side window and has the space inside for the 240 Rad. The 912 would require moding for the side window but I think would still have room on the inside for the 240 rad. Window Mod is not hard to do.
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post #9 of 15
I'm liking the 912.
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post #10 of 15
Have you looked at the CM 690 II case? There is a window side panel that you can get separately (for about $25) or you can mod your own, which I am planning to do because personally I don't like the look of the windowed panel.

It is a mid tower case which can support two 240mm rads, although a thick one like the RX240 will have to go in the bottom, limiting you to only 2 3.5" HDD bays.

Worth a look at least.
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