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Hey there everyone, I wasn't going to originally do this, but I hope that this thread will convert or push you to picking the FT03 as your next mATX project.

In the past I strictly used mid tower cases, but I often found myself disliking the amount of room they took up, and how impractical they actually were for my purposes. Here, I despised the amount of room extra optical bays and HDD spots took up when I only needed an SSD and 1 or 2 HDD at most; the physical room cases took up left me longing for something much smaller. Additionally, I have an extreme hatred for dust and I cannot imagine having to clean every week only to eventually be forced to disassemble and clean the fans and the numerous nooks that dust settles into.

After searching through numerous threads, posts, and reviews I was left disappointed in the choices I had to run a quiet and cool gaming setup in a smaller package... that is until I saw Silverstone's lineup. I had my experiences with the company in the past as my first "expensive" case was the FT01 and later I also purchased an RV02. The fact that they cooled so well, were well built, and employed very unique features compelled me to go on to round 3 and buy a mATX case from them. I loved the FT03 when I first saw it, but I just didn't want to pony up the cash, so I brought a TJ08-E. My short experience with it was extremely positive, but my true intrigue lay with the FT03... so a week later I sold the TJ on this forum, and I put in the cash for a silver FT03 and I couldn't be happier tongue.gif

Some advice:

- A modular PSU is a necessity in this case. Try to get one that isn't deep (~160mm) so you can easily tuck the PCI-E cables and 24 pin in the space that is left by the PSU

- You can route and hide the audio and case connector wires behind the SSD bracket and HDD in the back of the case

- A good air cooler is better than the closed loop water systems for temperatures and noise. Make sure that you pick one
that isn't too wide or deep as to not interfere with your GPU in the first PCI-E slot and to allow you to keep the angled 120mm fan that draws air through the mesh filter.

Build:

FT03-S
i3 2100 (TEMP) - waiting on IVY
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z GEN 3
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) (PC3 12800)
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 120gb SSD
Samsung F3 1TB HDD
GTX 680 - on its way
Enermax Gold Modu 87+ 700 watt
3x Gelid Wing 12 PL Green LED fans
Xigmatek Aegir

Pics + How I managed my wires:

Inside:

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Back:

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Best name for a build EVER!!

I always wanted to do a build in that case but it just looks so awkward.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffries7 View Post

Best name for a build EVER!!
I always wanted to do a build in that case but it just looks so awkward.

I thought so too, but that is part of the intrigue. It really was an extremely easy case to build in with only a few minutes of planning. The most important things are picking the right parts for the job (heatsink and PSU). I can definitely say that the case is built extremely well as to maintain great air flow, keep dust out, and leave a small footprint whilst oozing class and quality thumb.gif
    
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Subbed. Always glad to see other people using Silverstone gear. I'm curious why you are waiting on Ivy Bridge though. Benchmarks show its not much different.
 
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^ I'm waiting on Ivy simply because I want to be able to take advantage of PCI-E 3.0 in the future, and also the fact that it uses a 22nm architecture. I'm hoping to get the same 4.6-4.8 OC people are getting with sandy on lower voltages and temperatures... after all the whole point is efficiency. thumb.gif
    
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