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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post

We just have to weigh the pros and cons of every decision we make for the global market as well as USA needs.
I'll confess to being a bit cheeky, but what the USA might need right now is availability of this case - I can't find it for sale ANYWHERE!*

BTW kudos to CM for making a bold play with this case - I don't want to speak precipitously since I haven't got my hands on one yet but it seems like the right product at the right price, and if so I hope you guys sell a ton of them. Which, y'know, means getting them to the e-tailers, nudge nudge bulb.gif

Sweet build OP, thanks for sharing your experience with this new case thumb.gif Can't wait to do one of my own...

*EDIT: Ask and ye shall receive - just went live again today on Newegg! But they're hustling 20% vig for the shipping (no shop runner, either) so I'll just have to wait for the more reputable dealers to get their hands on a stash of these...
Edited by toolio20 - 7/27/12 at 11:39am
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by toolio20 View Post

I'll confess to being a bit cheeky, but what the USA might need right now is availability of this case - I can't find it for sale ANYWHERE!*
BTW kudos to CM for making a bold play with this case - I don't want to speak precipitously since I haven't got my hands on one yet but it seems like the right product at the right price, and if so I hope you guys sell a ton of them. Which, y'know, means getting them to the e-tailers, nudge nudge bulb.gif
Sweet build OP, thanks for sharing your experience with this new case thumb.gif Can't wait to do one of my own...
*EDIT: Ask and ye shall receive - just went live again today on Newegg! But they're hustling 20% vig for the shipping (no shop runner, either) so I'll just have to wait for the more reputable dealers to get their hands on a stash of these...
I can agree with this. I am looking at building a HTPC and could really use this form factor based on the small footprint within the size of the case compared to other components of the AV system. I have had a hard time locating this case at the retailers generally frequented (online included in the States) and felt forced to look at other alternatives as well in the event I couldn't find one of these.
     
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This chassis should be available in USA now.
    
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post #34 of 41
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Got my build finished last night! Only problem I ran into was the GeminII M4 cooler does not fit my motherboard when using a sperate GPU. Might be able to do some modding to make it fit.
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MB: ASRock Z77E
CPU: i5-3750k
GPU: EVGA GTX670 FTW
RAM: G.Skill Ares 16 GB (2x8GB)
P/S: SeaSonic X650
SSD 1: 120GB Force GT
HDD 1: 1TB WD Black
Looks great! Feels solid too.

Hi hagardproductions, absolutely loving your setup and thinking of doing something similar. However if I used a ASUS P8H77-I Intel H77 motherboard instead of the one you have do you think it would make much difference performance wise?

Also, do you have any issue with cooling your system? How would you rate the noise levels too?
post #35 of 41
I just purchased this case for a new build and upon opening I realize what appears to me a serious bottleneck in airflow for heat reduction. I want to use this case for a serious pc game build but I'm concerned about elevated temps. Air intake from the front panel appears to be really limited as well as a limited air exhaust for back panel. I don't mind upgrading parts or modifying case to improve heat reduction. You guys are the experts so any all help would be greatly appreciated. smile.gif
post #36 of 41
If you're using air cooling but can just use 1 or 2 SSDs, drill the rivets out for the hdd bays, that'll give you more air flow in the front to blow into the back.
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post #37 of 41
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Or put the PSU beneath the motherboard like in the Cubitek Mini-Tank. Shorter lengthwise, and taller in height.

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I want more people to get into SFF modding so it's time for a write-up! biggrin.gif
Let's assume that we want the case to be as small or almost as small as possible.
The longest part in a SFF computer case is the GPU. We're going to use a 6990 for this just because it is the longest card possible.
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That leaves two major areas of space to fill.
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These two spaces will exist regardless of whether or not something is going there.
Now if we were to add in a PSU to the bottom, we get a whole different space to work with.
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So what would logical to add to that space? 3.5" Hard drives!
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But now to accomodate the connectors for the drives, it must be made wider (or use a backplane but that complicates things).
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Next we have to start adding in cooling for everything. With this design type, we are provided with unlimited vertical CPU height if you just make the case taller. At the exact height it is right now, we are provided with about 140mm of CPU cooler height.
As you can see, this will usually balloon up the size of the case overall. What it does do though, is afford the most flexibility with parts. I personally call this the "ATX mindset". What I mean is that you want the option to put whatever you want in the case without compromise. This is usually at the cost of space efficiency.
Dear lord man that is Awesome! What program did you use to make those CAD pictures ? Please tell me!
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Dear lord man that is Awesome! What program did you use to make those CAD pictures ? Please tell me!
Download Sketchup!

Those mockups would take about 10 minutes for someone like armour to do tongue.gif
Very Simple.

With SKU, you have a very large repository of already rendered computer parts at your disposal, making it easy to play around with different configurations and experiment with clearance and designs and such.

Try it out!
post #39 of 41
Just got one of these. Is there an adapter we can use so that we don't lose one of the USB3.0 ports when plugging the front USB3.0 port header in? The case only has one USB3.0 port, but its header cable takes up the whole USB3.0 header on the motherboard (one header = two ports).
post #40 of 41
Finding an CPU air cooler that will stay fairly cool at load is a job and a half with this case. I had an old Zalman 8000B mounted on a Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 board. The cpu socket is so dang close to the PCIe slot that the cooler blocks the slot. Been using it for a HTPC server but decided to use it for BOINCing now too and want to add a video card. Bought a Vortex Plus, also from Cooler Master. Its a tad too tall so I managed to find a 80x80x15 mm PWM fan to replace the original. It should fit now. Unfortunately I wont know how it works until I talk to a Cooler Master CSR to find out if they will send me a new post, since one decided to crack and break while trying to install the cooler.
Hope this helps someone. I mounted it with the heatpipes toward the PCIe slot since that is the side with the most clearance.
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