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Goodbye D15 and Hello DRP3 biggrin.gif


it's funny seeing both GPU and CPU dropping a few degrees because now they have a proper airflow path tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Rektifying View Post

Hello,
It appears this thread is dying... I am looking to build a new mITX system. I am into unique cases and I always pick my case first, then build my system around it. I came across this Silverstone FT03-MINI and it is definitely something I am interested in. I really have not seen anything like it, which is why I like it so much! The current prices of around $130 is a little steep. I just have a few questions.

1. Do you feel this case is still worth $130?
2. Will a GTX 960 fit in it? Specs say Max of 10" length and the card I am looking at says 10.1", think I would be ok?
3. How are temps in this thing? Any tips / mod recommendations?

I already have a CPU and I would like to use it. It is an i5 4690T. The specs are Quad Core / 2.5ghz base / 3.5ghz boost / 45w TDP. I think it would go well with this case being it appears to have minimal cooling available. The 4690T generally runs pretty cool due to the low power consumption. I am only looking to pair it up with a GTX 950/960 for an all around build. I am assuming blower style cards are ideal for this case? I am already thinking about modding this thing out, venting the GPU Side of the case and going with an EVGA ACX 2.0 GPU.

1. Although I haven't bought it yet, I think the $130 is worth it. I'm going to be building two computers with this case because I like it's design so much.

2. I'm pretty sure someone earlier in this thread was able to fit the blower style asus 970 turbo in this case but had to do some slight altering (something with the dust filter I beleive). The 970 turbo and the 960 turbo are the same size I think so you may have to do the same.

3. The temps, from what I've read in this thread, seem to be fine as long as you use a blower style gpu. Case modding on this I have no idea about. It seems to the FT03 micro atx is easier to mod in than the FT03 mini, simply due to its bigger size. But at the same time take that with a grain of salt because I've never done any case modding before (I plan on though).
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1. Although I haven't bought it yet, I think the $130 is worth it. I'm going to be building two computers with this case because I like it's design so much.

2. I'm pretty sure someone earlier in this thread was able to fit the blower style asus 970 turbo in this case but had to do some slight altering (something with the dust filter I beleive). The 970 turbo and the 960 turbo are the same size I think so you may have to do the same.

3. The temps, from what I've read in this thread, seem to be fine as long as you use a blower style gpu. Case modding on this I have no idea about. It seems to the FT03 micro atx is easier to mod in than the FT03 mini, simply due to its bigger size. But at the same time take that with a grain of salt because I've never done any case modding before (I plan on though).

Hey!

Nice to know this thread is still somewhat alive. I ordered this case yesterday, can't wait to get it. I really like the overall design. I always try to do something different and even though this case has been available for quite some time I have never seen it before so it is not all that common. I was debating between the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv-itx and the Corsair 250D, both awesome cases! I was about to order the Evolv and thought I would take one more look around quick, which is when I ran into the FT03-Mini. It seems more "unique" so that is why I went with it. (I was set on iTX form factor)

One thing I love about this case is that it will calm my OCD down a bit. Every other computer I have built for myself, family, friends had a larger side window. So it would take me FOREVER to decide on motherboard, ram, heatsink, fans, cable management, etc. This wont be quite as important to me.

So far I have only ordered the case and the power supply. After closely looking at others builds and measurements I decided on the 500W SFX-L from Silverstone. It is a gold rated fully modular SFX form factor PSU. It is the exact same width and depth as a normal SFX but it is slightly taller / longer. After seeing how it mounts in the case, it will fit just fine. I wanted to future proof myself on the power supply side so that is why I went with this. It looks much nicer and appears to have a much better fan than the other SFX offerings. Also, I LOVE that is is fully modular. Makes for easier / nicer cable management. (OCD kicking in already, lol) At 500w it will be able to handle whatever I want to throw in the case down the road.

I was going to go Skylake with my next build which this is it. However, I already have in i5 4690T in my possession as well as 8GB (4GB x 2) DDR3 1600. I already have a Samsung 850 Evo SSD too. All I have left to purchase for my build is a motherboard, heatsink, and graphics card. As much as I don't like purchasing an old gen motherboard, it seems the best way to go. I don't want to deal with trying to sell the i5 / ram and I already spent WAY more on my case than I was expecting. (The Enthoo Evolv was $70, $60 less than the FT03-Mini)

I am going to order the rest of my build today. I will update more later. After I get it built and running, I am planning on doing some mods / customization's.

Here is a link to that PSU. I am positive it will fit. If you look at one of the first reviews, someone took a picture of it side by side a normal SFX so you can see how minimal the size difference is.

http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Modular-Lengthened-SX500-LG/dp/B00SD9IORQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1454156109&sr=1-4&keywords=sfx+power+supply
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Originally Posted by Perfect-Anubis View Post

3. The temps, from what I've read in this thread, seem to be fine as long as you use a blower style gpu. Case modding on this I have no idea about. It seems to the FT03 micro atx is easier to mod in than the FT03 mini, simply due to its bigger size. But at the same time take that with a grain of salt because I've never done any case modding before (I plan on though).

Temps of this cases are not that good particularly the smaller one. I have regrets getting the bigger size case as I have hard time controlling the GPU temp (Radeon 290X) which can get as high as 90s during regular gaming. I have better temp with my smaller Corsair 250D than this. This case is not water cooling friendly either. Anyway, I'm giving this case 1 more shot in water cooling the GPU later on this year. I hope I'll get a better temp, if not I'll look for a better m-ATX case.
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Temps of this cases are not that good particularly the smaller one. I have regrets getting the bigger size case as I have hard time controlling the GPU temp (Radeon 290X) which can get as high as 90s during regular gaming. I have better temp with my smaller Corsair 250D than this. This case is not water cooling friendly either. Anyway, I'm giving this case 1 more shot in water cooling the GPU later on this year. I hope I'll get a better temp, if not I'll look for a better m-ATX case.

I believe it. I would never put a 290X in the FT03 or FT03-Mini. The 290X runs hot in general. I'm pretty sure 90c is actually normal for the 290X though. I built an iTX PC for my friend with the Evga Hadron case. He too had a 290X (Blower Style) and it also hits 90c. What type of 290X do you have? Reference blower style or?

I'm more of a moderate gamer myself. I only play a few different games really, my main game being League of Legends. If I could find a GTX 950 blower style I would go with that but I have yet to see one. So I'm going with a 960. Plenty of graphics power for me.

Air flow is definitely limited. Although, the concept of "heat rises" plays out in our favor with this style case.
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Air flow is definitely limited. Although, the concept of "heat rises" plays out in our favor with this style case.

It doesn't work on this cases. This cases were designed mainly for looks. You need to do some excessive modding to better fit a larger radiator that a traditional designed case has no problem fitting it in. Other problem also is the lack of ventilation holes on the back of case.
Edited by Cheaptrick - 1/30/16 at 6:53am
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It doesn't work on this cases. This cases were designed mainly for looks. You need to do some excessive modding to better fit a larger radiator that a traditional designed case has no problem fitting it in. Other problem also is the lack of ventilation holes on the back of case.

I get what your saying. I'm not too worried though. I am not a power user by any means or looking to overclock. I am pairing an i5 4690T with a GTX 960. The 4690T has a 45w TDP vs the 84w TDP of a normal i5. I feel the more so limited cooling capabilities of this case will be adequate for my hardware.

A couple years ago I was all about the latest and greatest, top of the line K series CPUs and flagship graphics. If I was going for that now, I wouldn't even consider this case. I would be getting the Enthoo Evolv or 250D all day. I don't game nearly as much or like I used to. With my work schedule, my 3 year old son on weekends, and my usage / needs, a system like that would be straight overkill.
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So I ordered the rest of my build today. I should have everything I need now. Here is what I ordered:

Case: Silverstone FT03-Mini
PSU: Silverstone SFX-L 500W PSU (Future proof my case)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Q87N (Q87 Chipset is essentially H87 with a few extra features) I went with this because I got it for $60 and it has an mSata 6gbps slot on top of it.
CPU: i5 4690T (2.5ghz Base / 3.5ghz Boost / 45W TDP) Already Owned
RAM: 16GB (8GB x 2) Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600 (Black PCB and Black Heatsinks)
GPU: PNY GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 Reference Design (Blower Fan) I went with this one because I picked it up for $200 and it has a $30 mail in rebate. 960 for $170?
Storage: Samsung 250GB 850 Evo mSata SSD / HGST 1TB 7200RPM 2.5" HDD

Heatsink: Phanteks Low Profile CPU Cooler

I was very surprised to see that PNY made a reference design GTX 960 with 4GB of vram. They are literally the only one that does. The last purchase date for the $30 mail in rebate is 1/31/2016. A nice score on my part.

I plan to get it all built up and see how it runs for a week or so. I plan on doing some customization's / mods for sure. Maybe extra venting / fans if I don't like the temps. Maybe a window, paint, lighting, who knows.

Well, that's it for now. I am looking forward to building this. It will by my primary / only PC. (Other than my 13" Chromebook)
Edited by Rektifying - 2/10/16 at 2:37pm
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Goodbye D15 and Hello DRP3 biggrin.gif


it's funny seeing both GPU and CPU dropping a few degrees because now they have a proper airflow path tongue.gif

How hard was it to mount the DRP3 on the Sabertooth in this case? biggrin.gif Thought about this case a lot recently because of the small footprint. Woult go with a 980Ti Matrix and Z170 if Noise/Thermals don't ruin it.
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When I had the NH D14 in that case, I installed it on the board before installing the board. I would guess a similar idea would work for this.
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