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Smallest Case to fit XFX 6870 and 2 3.5 inch mechanical HDDs

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I need a case for a small build that im doing for my brother to lug back and forth through college. Im using this card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

which I already have, its 10.3 inches long and has the connectors on the side. It also must hold 2 3.5 inch hard drives with the graphics card installed, (he has 2 500 gig hdds with stuff inside).

I was originally considering the SG08, but it doesnt look like it can hold more than 1 3.5 inch harddrive. The SG01/SG02 seem like they could fit the build, but I havent found a review where a long graphics card is installed with 2 hard drives as well, they always remove the cage or install just 1.

I would also prefer if it was long shoebox style instead of cube style, then he could carry it in a padded duffle bag like this

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=32&area=usa

Unless you guys know of a good carrying bag for a cube style case. Ive looked at the lian li that looks like a suitcase with the handle on top, but Id still prefer if he can put it inside of something to be safer.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 9
I can't really find an mITX case that meets all those requirements.
There are some mATX cases but they aren't going to really be small.

It'd make life much much easier if you just bought a 500GB 2.5" drive and transferred all the files over.
     
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the internal 2.5 drives from what I see are ridiculously expensive, like 300$+. What about a USB 3.0 2.5/3.5 external drive, have they gotten decently quick nowadays?
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Huh?
Edited by armourcore9brker - 5/5/12 at 4:13pm
     
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Oh theyre laptop drives, thats why I didnt find em, seems like they have a high failure rate? Anyway I might just get an external or buy a 1 tb internal.

Either way whats the best min ITX that can hold a 10.3 inch videocard?
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They don't have a high failure rate. I use plenty of laptop drives in my builds and they are fine.

Smallest mITX that can hold a 10.3 is the SG05/06.

Slightly larger with a good amount of space still is the SG07/08.
     
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Wow you can fit a 10.3 in a sg05? Can the 450w PSU handle a 6870? If so I could save a bit of cash and easily be able to get the laptop drive
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Go with a NZXT Vulcan -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146065 . Supposedly "Fits at least 350mm video cards like the ATI 5970".
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SG05 works up to 10.5" like the GTX 680 and the 690.

The 450W can handle any card that'll fit in the case with the exception of the 690.
     
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