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Hey guys, i'm not really sure where this might belong, so please move it if nessissary.

Basically i have a Cooler Master HAF (the 9 something one, mid size) case, which is giant, and a really small desk (studio apartment with the girlfriend)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

anyway, our apartment is super dusty, and I don't really have an option on buying a bigger desk at the moment.

I love clean clear desk with minimal clutter ( monitor, mouse, keys, thats it )
I can't really put the tower to the side of the monitor, or behind it without giving myself only 4" of wrist space
(its also a glass top, and my 45lb + tower could possibly break the glass top)

anyway, right now my case is on the floor next to the desk, where it does not get much air, and where i think it would get tons of dust, and I really don't like it on the floor.


I would consider getting a smaller case, but I'm not sure which one could hold all my stuff.
( I am water cooled, so really don't need something giant to reduce heat, and am running an external rad ATM)
-'normal' sized 750w supply
-ATX board
-gtx 580
- 1 dvd player
- res/pump that takes up 2 slots in the dvd drive area
- 1ssd and 1 2.5" hdd
and really thats about it.

So.. ideas on either a new smaller case... or how to set up my desk for max usage and minimum space requirement?
(if i had to say, its probably only 4' wide by 2' deep, it has a little shelf to hold a tower, but it won't hold my beast of a case )
Edited by ClaytonGFinley - 1/23/12 at 1:55pm
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picture of the desk?
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post #3 of 11
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not right now, ( @ work ), I can get one up in about 2 hours though.
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Originally Posted by ClaytonGFinley View Post

not right now, ( @ work ), I can get one up in about 2 hours though.

ok, sounds good
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I just don't really like the idea of haivng a $2k+ computer sitting on the floor where anything could spill onto it, get bumped into etc...

(just bit the bullet, and am living with the GF, and I was living in a pre-funished place, so I gotta use her stuff for now.)
post #6 of 11
i'm not sure how small you are looking for, but the arc midi is one of the smaller cases in the mid tower(ATX form factor) range. it'll also allow you to put your rad inside instead of hanging outside. anything smaller would require you to switch to a mATX board. put the res pump in the 2x5.25 bay and use external dvd instead.(why do people still put dvd drive inside their machines these days anyway? /boggle)

as for placement of the computer, cant help you till you show some pics
Edited by psyclum - 1/23/12 at 2:24pm
post #7 of 11
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if the rad can fit in the case you mentioned, its way bigger than something i'm looking for, my rad can't fit in my current case
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if the rad can fit in the case you mentioned, its way bigger than something i'm looking for, my rad can't fit in my current case

eh? some designs make much more efficient use of space than others.
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post #9 of 11
Get one of these.

http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1182

I think you've examined all possible options, and you're flat out simply, don't have room for a monstrous rig lachen.gif


Also I'm no relationship pro, but when you two get a chance, get a 1 bed. That way if you get into a heated argument you both can have your own space to breathe. And not be forced in the same room.
Edited by redsunx - 1/23/12 at 3:34pm
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Put a shelf up behind the computer? Out of the way, nothing will spill/fall into it.
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