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So i started this:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1224988/good-airflow-small-case-that-fits-a-gtx480

But not getting many bites :/ I have a month or so- times not to big a deal yet... but still eager to get started.


I am trying to a make the smallest PC I can that will still hold a GTX480 with a VF3000 on it.

http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-480/specifications

Zalman claims the VF3000 is a 51mm- want to be sure I have the clearance as far as depth goes.

As you can see in a sg05 case its close with the reference cooler... :
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Can I pack all this into the TT Element Q box?

Also need to fit a standard size PSU- 150mm deep.
http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products/computer-accessories/RF-900WPS.html
Edited by pcguru000 - 3/6/12 at 8:50am
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I'd say, look at the SG07/08 cases. They have their own psu so there is no need to fit a different psu. People can fit 2.5 slot cards in it but I don't know if the Zalman is a 2.5 slot cooler or a larger 3 slot cooler.
     
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I'd say, look at the SG07/08 cases. They have their own psu so there is no need to fit a different psu. People can fit 2.5 slot cards in it but I don't know if the Zalman is a 2.5 slot cooler or a larger 3 slot cooler.

I don't think the zalman makes it to 2.5- its really not as big as I was thinking (at work lol not looking at it directly)

I am going to measure it later.

What is considered 1 PCIe slot depth in millimeters?

I really didn't want to do the sg07 or 8 because they cost so much in comparison to the sg02 (which is what I am looking at currently).

I *may* do the sg05- but still pricey and that's going to likely require some modification to fit the 480...
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Even if Zalman could fit the fans will probably have no space for air.
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post #5 of 10
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Even if Zalman could fit the fans will probably have no space for air.

This is a good point, I am thinking of using the sg02 as this looks like it will have a bit more room... and if anything I can open up the side (where the zalman is) and put a mesh screen in to give the card air.
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I had a VF3000F on my GTX470 and the cooler made the card take around three slots. If the case has space for a stock GTX480 and two slots of space available "below" the card, you should be fine. One slot of space might be enough, but the fans will likely be starved of air at that point.
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I am a little concerned, may have to cut open that side of the case and put a mesh grille in.

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The SG08 has a grill directly there so the airflow is not a problem.

There is more width space in the SG08 than the SG05 iirc. You can fit the GTX 480 inside the SG05 but it'll take modding and I don't think it'll fit with the Zalman.

The reason the SG08 is so expensive compared to the others is that it has a quality power supply that can handle any card that'll fit in it.


EDIT: Rereading your post, you said you wanted to fit in a TT Element Q? Don't know why you posted an SG05 picture then... Element Q? Absolutely not.
     
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The SG08 has a grill directly there so the airflow is not a problem.
There is more width space in the SG08 than the SG05 iirc. You can fit the GTX 480 inside the SG05 but it'll take modding and I don't think it'll fit with the Zalman.
The reason the SG08 is so expensive compared to the others is that it has a quality power supply that can handle any card that'll fit in it.
EDIT: Rereading your post, you said you wanted to fit in a TT Element Q? Don't know why you posted an SG05 picture then... Element Q? Absolutely not.

Yeah i realized later that the TT Element Q was WAY to small :>

As far as the SG05- yes serious modding will be required and it wont fit the Zalman more than likely- PLUS as it is more expensive... ive opted for the SG02.

SG08 does (from reading into it) have a nice powersupply- *however* as I already have a PSU I felt it would be silly to spend extra $ on one...

And reading into it further it looks like the SG02 supports any standard ATX PSU so I should be good to go.
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if you are going for a mATX case instead of a ITX, there are better options then the SG02. TJ08-E, FT03, arc mini, are all examples of better mATX options.
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