Originally Posted by halpo
sweet thread just discovered this, wish I had long ago. Have a cooler master storm trooper right now, I believe the biggest case in the entire world, and I am anxious to move into a small form! I am choosing between a few SFF cases and I can't decide, maybe you guys can help me? I have narrowed the choices down to several, but all are compromises.
Parts: I7 6700k or I7 6700 (if heat is an issue), Asus z170i pro gaming, 16 GB DDR4, Silverstone SX-L 500w gold, cpu cooler=case dependent. Will be getting an R9 390 card depending on the length of the case.
I need a case I can fit in carry on luggage, so it needs to be fairly small, preferrably able to fit in a carry on bag (but can be carried in a form-fitting box), and still able to provide adequate temperatures for an mild overclock and R9 390 GPU.
cases I am torn between:
Silverstone ML08B (RVZ02 form) some have carried this on in a bag before, but it looked quite large and a tough fit. CPU coolers an issue.
Silverstone SG13 (mesh), small shoebox size, easily can carry on. Smallest of my options, and lightest. CPU cooler very limited as well ~62mm.
Fractal design node 304 - heavy, 6 KG / 13.2 lb, depending if they weigh or not can be an issue. Fits by itself in carry on for sure, but maybe not in a bag. It seems to be the sturdiest and most solid of the options. Build design seems mediocre, as do temperatures, however it can support a decent cooler.
Thermaltake Core V1 / suppressor F1 - Hard to tell how this compares in sizing to the fractal design node 304, seems slightly taller but roughly the same size overall. Seems to fit lots of options without any hassle, but I do not know if it would fit in carry on or not. Most flexible I believe.
Overall, I am leaning towards the node 304 and the SG13, but if the core v1 could fit, that may be the winner. Ml08h seems interesting but there are very few reviews out there.