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post #1 of 9
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Hey OCN,

I'm building an APU budget gaming rig for my wife and I've got it all sorted out except the case.

I've only really checked 2 Matx cases, and those are the Fractal Design Arc mini and the Silverstone TJ08-E.
Both seem like really nice cases but I've got some doubts about few things.

Arc Mini: The stock fans aren't that good, So I'd have to spend extra on replacements.
TJ08-E: A bit more expensive and generally nowhere to be found at my local retailers.. :\

Are there any other attractive Matx cases out there?

- It needs to be quiet (this is a silence orientated build)
- Should be able to house an Corsair H60
- Not to expensive
- Nice stock fans is a plus
- at least a bit stylish

Anything would be appreciated guys. smile.gif
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post #2 of 9
I'm personally a fan of the Lian Li PC-A04B - can fit the H60 on the top fan, plenty of room, quiet fans, stylish.
Of course also to note if you don't mind spending the extra $$ would be the Fortress FT03 smile.gif

When dealing with small enclosures, you have to pick a few of those points that are most important to you, i.e. you aren't going to find something that is both quiet, stylish AND cheap unfortunately. It seems the smaller you go the more $$ it gets (along with the larger you go the more $$ as well) - its one of the reasons I've learned just to spend the extra $$ on something I really like, you do generally get what you pay for.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 2/4/12 at 11:05am
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

I'm personally a fan of the Lian Li PC-A04B - can fit the H60 on the top fan, plenty of room, quiet fans, stylish.

Thanks for the suggestions, personally I never liked Lian Li's but this one looks damn good..! biggrin.gif

Added to the list, cheers!
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Oh gods, I think I'm sold! Just found the SilverStone FT03... But what's up with the wacky price..?

Edit: nevermind, noisy case fans... frown.gif
Edited by JorundJ - 2/4/12 at 12:28pm
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I was used to had TJ08e then returned it after admitting realized that TJ08-E is an actual RIP OFF!! because TJ08-E is full of steel and plastic! You will notice the aluminum skin itself cover plastic front panel..
Edited by GAMERIG - 2/4/12 at 11:45am
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I was used to had TJ08e then returned it after admitting realized that TJ08-E is an actual RIP OFF!! because TJ08-E is full of steel and plastic! You will notice the aluminum skin itself cover plastic front panel..

Right, thanks for the warning. smile.gif Rep+
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post #7 of 9
I can highly recommend the pc-v354 from lian li.... just over 100 dollars, beautiful aluminum finish, and can even fit several rads after some modding if you ever want to water cool.

If you're interested in one of those self-contained units, you can mount it on the 120mm mount in the back... you just have to drill four new holes since the rad is too wide. the built in grill will still allow enough space for the air to pass through, and it looks factory when you're all finished.
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by JorundJ View Post

Right, thanks for the warning. smile.gif Rep+

sigh...
not all aluminum cases are good.
not all steel cases are bad.

only idiots make judgement on a case from simply the material it's made from. the airflow design and the reversed mobo mount on the TJ08-E are all designed for maximum cooling in mind.

look at a case from the engineering point of view when deciding if it's good or bad, not simply what it's made from. an aluminum case doesn't dissipate enough heat for it to make any difference in a case that uses even 1 fan. the only thing aluminum is better then steel is the aesthetics and maybe weight if you intend to move it alot. as for wear and tear, steel is much better at holding the screw holes intact.
post #9 of 9
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions people, I'm gonna get the Arc Mini for my wifey, she likes it. smile.gif

Also we're supporting the homeland a bit.. biggrin.gif
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