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Hello fellow clockers!

Im about to make a little "upgrade". Over a longer periode i have thought about up/downgrade my system into a mATX case. Now i got a buyer for my CPU and possibly also my board. biggrin.gif The only things i don't have is a CPU, Mboard and a case. I was thinking of using the Fractal Design Arc Mini because of it's simplicity, which i love:) For a motherboard and cpu I was thinking of getting the i5 2500k + a Maximus IV Gene-z because i mainly game. I think I need to skip the watercooling for this build because of the size of the case. What cpu cooler would you recommend? Would the H70 be ok? I don't want a cooler that get in the way of the heatsinks of the Dominators and i can't really think of another candidate than the H70. What do you think? Any thoughts?thinking.gifcheers.gif
Edited by DoctorNick - 5/14/11 at 6:04pm
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Lian Li A04.
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That board will not fit in that case. You have to get the arc midi, that is the case that I'm going to get when I can find it in the states. But yes that case is sweet and if I had a smaller board then I would jump all over that case in a heart beat.
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post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2;13508820 
Lian Li A04.

Very nice looking case but the fanless hole in the back is a flaw IMO. Even if you wanted to put a fan there it has to be 80mm which just makes me laugh.
post #5 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leichtwork;13508848 
That board will not fit in that case. You have to get the arc midi, that is the case that I'm going to get when I can find it in the states. But yes that case is sweet and if I had a smaller board then I would jump all over that case in a heart beat.

The case is a Matx case. The board is the Maximus IV Gene-z, a mATX board.Link wink.gif

I don't know about the Lian Li. It looks great but i want a good airflow.rolleyes.gif
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post #6 of 8
Your not gonna get the best airflow with a mini tower mATX case...

These cases fit your bill:
Lian Li A05N (Inverted ATX case, fits ATX mobos, in the space of mATX) (probably your best bet, mod the top panel will 2 120mm fan holes and you got yourself a watercooling capable mini tower)
Lian Li A05FN (not yet released)
Lian Li A04
Lian Li V600F (not yet released)
Fractal Design Arc Mini (not yet released)
Fractal Design Define Mini (not yet released)
Fractal Design Core 1000 (not yet released)
Antec P180 Mini (generally, Antec build quality is erm...terrible)
Silverstone TJ08-E (not yet released) (original TJ08 is terrible so don't bother)
NZXT Vulcan (function, but absolutely no form)
and a couple Cooler Master cases but their pretty darn ugly and cheap.

H70 will be fine, fitting big heatsinks in a mini tower is a pain in the @$$.
Edited by somebodysb2 - 5/15/11 at 3:55am
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post #7 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by somebodysb2;13510977 
Your not gonna get the best airflow with a mini tower mATX case...

These cases fit your bill:
Lian Li A05N (Inverted ATX case, fits ATX mobos, in the space of mATX)
Lian Li A05FN (not yet released)
Lian Li A04
Lian Li V600F (not yet released)
Fractal Design Arc Mini (not yet released)
Fractal Design Define Mini (not yet released)
Fractal Design Core 1000 (not yet released)
Antec P180 Mini (generally, Antec build quality is erm...terrible)
Silverstone TJ08-E (not yet released) (original TJ08 is terrible so don't bother)
NZXT Vulcan (function, but absolutely no form)
and a couple Cooler Master cases but their pretty darn ugly and cheap.


H70 will be fine, fitting big heatsinks in a mini tower is a pain in the @$$.

Ok then. I will get the Arc Mini when it's released. smile.gif
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post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by DoctorNick;13510989 
Ok then. I will get the Arc Mini when it's released. smile.gif

Well said, sir. biggrin.gif
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