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post #1 of 10
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I would like some advise for an upgrade. I have been looking for 2 weeks now and have not found anything that completely fits my needs. So I thought I would enlist the help of the folks that keep inspiring me to spend money...

The biggest problem I have is where my computer fits in my desk. It has a maximum opening of 20.5" in height.

My current system is below.

I am looking to make some changes.
1. Upgrading to Sapphire 6950 Toxic (if they become available again) or a Sapphire 6970 (100311-2SR).
2. Considering upgrading to an Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboard. If I do this the case would have to support EATX.
3. Possibly going to go water cooling.

Requirements:
1. Case must support sideways drive mounting with trays.
2. Prefer front mounted ports and buttons. If I have to modify the case I can do that.

Please post suggestions. Thank you.
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post #2 of 10
Fractal Design R3. Its nice and small, sleak looking and the GPU you want will fit. It supports ATX
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post #3 of 10
NZXT Phantom.

awesome looking cases

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146074

only problem is its 21.26" dunnoa if it wud squeeze in.
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies so far.

Any other suggestions?
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post #5 of 10
An EATX motherboard capability and 20.5" maximum height is a tough one.

Here's one that almost fits all of your criteria: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112338
Dimensions(L x W x H) 19.25" x 9.06" x 20.16"


For more pics especially how the hard drives are mounted:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=32420
Edited by nickt1862 - 11/7/11 at 6:58pm
post #6 of 10
I was going to suggest the CM 690II Advanced. But the only problem with the CM 690 II has compatibly issue's with E-ATX board's...so If you decide against this, the CM 690II is one hell of a case!
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by passey View Post
NZXT Phantom.

awesome looking cases

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146074

only problem is its 21.26" dunnoa if it wud squeeze in.
The phantom wont work. Even if you squeeze it in, the buttons/slots are on top. There really isnt rom in the front to mod it in.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by FyreBurn View Post
The phantom wont work. Even if you squeeze it in, the buttons/slots are on top. There really isnt rom in the front to mod it in.
My friend modded his so the power,reset and LEDs were built into the top 5.25 tray bezel. Looked pretty sweet.
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post #9 of 10
I had the same problem finding a case that would fit under my desk. I ended up just getting a HAF 932 and now it sits proudly on top of my desk! My wife hates it but why hide away something you spent so much money on!
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by stellaguy View Post
I had the same problem finding a case that would fit under my desk. I ended up just getting a HAF 932 and now it sits proudly on top of my desk! My wife hates it but why hide away something you spent so much money on!
I am trying not to have to put it on the desk. My wife would hate it also. Not that I am against it however there is a place in my desk and I would prefer to use it.
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