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looking into 3 mITX cases, opinions?

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I want to build an mITX gaming rig, however I am debating on which case to use. I am stuck between 3, Fractal Design Node 304, Bitfenix Prodigy and the Cubitek Mini-Ice. I love the look of all of these cases but I really can't figure out which I like more. The Prodigy can handle an H100, but I've heard some really good things about the Ice. Then there's the Node which is very minimalistic which I like a lot. Both the Node and Ice can handle the Kraken X40 which is nice. I just really don't know which would be best for me.
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  1. Fractal Node: pretty good case for itx. Like most itx builds some modding might be required for certain hardware, cable management will be a hard job, but I've seen some sweet results coming out of the node smile.gif what are you going with for gpu/cpu cooling? The result will be totally worth it.
  2. Bitfenix Prodigy: not saying it isn't meant for SFF, but it's a larger case than you'd think at first sight. Naturally this gives you more space to work with. aka also depends on your other hardware whether you should go with this one or not tongue.gif. Cable management seems to be quite good to say the least biggrin.gif
  3. Cubitek Mini-ice: never seen this case before, but from the first looks, it doesn't look very appealing. Lots of...plastic...or I'm terribly mistaken and the pictures that I found are just bad :d it does give space towards hdd's more than the other cases but there isn't much room for cable management as far as I can see.

short: smaller hardware + cute litte box 'n stuff *-* -> poke around in the node, want some space and tight looks? -> bitfenix prodigy. This might be quite unfair for the mini-ice, but I've honestly never heard of it/seen a build with it before.
Edited by Ollii - 1/20/13 at 4:25pm
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Thanks for your opinions, I think the Ice is mostly or all aluminum. I'll have to check on that again. Fable management is a good point as well. Hmm, I'm hoping someone who knows more about the Mini-Ice will come and tell me some more about it, gonna look for some reviews. I do appreciate your insight though, anything anyone can offer helps a lot.

So anyone else?
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No problem, more than welcome. Good luck with the one you pick thumb.gif
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It seems there may be some issues with all-in-one coolers in the Mini-Ice. That could be a deal breaker.
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