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Hello everyone. So recently I took a new job which required me to move. The new apartment I'm in doesn't have very much space, so I'm looking to dump the setup I currently have and build a smaller (but still powerful) system. I've been looking at cases over the past few days but wanted to get some community input on cases currently available.

I've been looking at snagging an Arc Midi, but I really would like to go MicroATX or smaller form factor if possible. I'd like to get something as small as possible that could fit a 240mm rad with little or no modding, but if there are other good cases out there I'd consider going back to air. The two I've been looking at if I decided to ditch WC are the Silverstone SG03 and FT03. Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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I've seen the Lian Li V350 with an internal 240mm rad, I'll be attempting this myself once Ivy Bridge comes out. Currently I have the Fractal Design Arc Mini with an internal 240mm rad. It's not really a small case though...
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post #3 of 11
What about the Arc Mini rather than Midi. Its Micro ATX and has alot of the same features. I have the Midi and its so easy to work with, at least for air cooling, i have never water cooled but there is plenty space for it. That said, can't really comment on any other cases that meet your criteria i have worked with. They have all been large mid towers.
post #4 of 11
Note that not all 240mm rads can fit in the V350. The RS240 (the one that come with the Rasa kit) does though (I have it).

Another case you could consider is the TJ08-E. You can fit a 180mm rad in the front.
    
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by veblen View Post

Another case you could consider is the TJ08-E. You can fit a 180mm rad in the front.

Guess I never thought about that. Any idea how a 180mm rad cools compared to a 240mm?

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silverstone SG07 + thermalright AXP140 + asrock Z68M-ITX/HT + gskill sniper + intel 2600k + amd 7970 + crucial M4 = win
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Guess I never thought about that. Any idea how a 180mm rad cools compared to a 240mm?
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You might even go for a 200mm rad.

 

It is hard to just to compare a 180/200mm rad with a 240mm because there are many other factors like the thickness of the rad, FPI...etc.  Therefore, even a rough estimate like saying a 240 is about 20% thermally better fairly meaningless. (240-200)/200 = 20%

 

Phobya Xtreme 200 fits TJ-08E. 

http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=995423

 

Costs around US$73 here:-

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=31028


Edited by windfire - 1/29/12 at 7:47pm
post #8 of 11
Actually, you would do the math like this:

120*120*2=28,800mm^2

The 200mm rad will be:

200*200= 40,000mm^2

Much more surface area with the 200mm. biggrin.gif The only problem is that 200mm fans do not have good static pressure and cannot push air through a rad as efficiently as a 120mm. Luckily, Silverstone has a solution to this problem, the PS07. Basically the same case with a 120.2 on the front instead of a 180.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post

Actually, you would do the math like this:
120*120*2=28,800mm^2
The 200mm rad will be:
200*200= 40,000mm^2
Much more surface area with the 200mm. biggrin.gif The only problem is that 200mm fans do not have good static pressure and cannot push air through a rad as efficiently as a 120mm. Luckily, Silverstone has a solution to this problem, the PS07. Basically the same case with a 120.2 on the front instead of a 180.

assuming same thickness in the rad of course.
post #10 of 11
Were you going to upgrade to socket 1155? If so, there are fewer reasons to do liquid cooling. Are you liquid cooling the GTX 470?
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