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Been out of the game for a while, working on a few other hobbies....but it was time to refresh my main rig.

My little refresh is by no means bleeding edge, just some older gen components I pulled together for next to no money.

Goal - silent & small

Case Budget - <$70

Case Requirements:
  • (2) 120mm fan locations; side panel doesn't count as I will need clearance. Front panel is fine as long as the HDD cage is removable (via cutting if needed)
  • smaller than a ATX mid-tower; prefer mini-tower or cube.

For reference, below are the components for the build. Items in blue are being re-used from existing build, items in red were purchased for the refresh.

AMD Phenom X2 550 - unlocked @ 3.8ghz
OCZ Onyx 1666mhz 4GB
WD Caviar Black 500GB & 750GB
ASUS DVD-RW
MSI 785GM-P45
ASUS Xonar Essence (with upgraded op-amps)
EVGA GTX295 with DD full cover block
OCZ SilentXstream 700w
DB1
120mm radiator
Corsair H50

Original build cost me $243 after rebate almost 2 years ago; refresh cost me less than $200

Thanks in advance for the input & suggestions
    
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post #2 of 7
I suggest NZXT Source 210 Elite Black (US$60).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146078

If you can increase the budget to US$90-100, then I suggest Lian Li PC-A05NB Black and Fractal Design Arc Mini which are both smaller and look sleek.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112218
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352008
post #3 of 7
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thanks Windfire - the Arc Mini is nice, will definitely consider that one. The Source 210 is too big unfortunately.

Not a huge fan of the A05, if I was going Lian Li I'd pick up the V354.

I love the V354, if I could find a deal on it I'd be set
    
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Love my Arc Mini. The fans that come with it are passable on CFM but extremely quiet. The V354, not as much.
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post #5 of 7
Also check Fractal Design Core 1000.
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post #6 of 7
anything that small at that price range would have a poor thermal solution. I would recommend you take a look at the HAF 912 and see if it's small enough for you
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poor thermal solution?? CPU & GPU are going to be under water....I'm not too concerned

core 1000 is out - 92mm on the rear panel kills it; sure I can use a 120mm->92mm adapter but it will put the radiator WAY too far inboard in the case. Nothing will be mounted externally so unfortunately it gets nixed.


I may end up just getting the Sunbeam tech station and fab up some brackets for the fans & radiators
    
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