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Poll Results: Which features are most important to you in a Mini ITX case?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 7% of voters (92)
    Size - the smaller the better. I don't need a full GPU, I want a HTPC-style box.
  • 77% of voters (1009)
    Size - I want it to be small, but I want a full size GPU and full size PSU in there.
  • 11% of voters (154)
    Air cooling - I want lots of fan options, top, sides, back, front.
  • 31% of voters (411)
    Air cooling - I want it to perform well out of the box but we don't need to perforate every single panel.
  • 25% of voters (329)
    "Sleek, Modern" Design - The BitFenix Prodiigy, NZXT Phantom Series, Corsair 600T and other cases with unique designs are my favorite.
  • 49% of voters (646)
    "Refined, Aluminum" Design - Silverstone, Lian-Li, and Corsair Obsidian Series are more my speed.
  • 34% of voters (454)
    Quiet - I want this thing whisper quiet.
  • 45% of voters (596)
    Liquid Cooling - it'd be nice to be able to fit a 240mm radiator in this thing
  • 7% of voters (97)
    HDD Capacity - I want to make a RAID or NAS box, so I want at least four 3.5" drive bays
  • 36% of voters (477)
    HDD Capacity - I just plan on running an OS and a storage drive - two or three drive bays is fine as long as there's native SSD support.
  • 18% of voters (246)
    Portability - handles and whatnot are really important to me. So is overall weight and durability.
  • 19% of voters (255)
    Scent - I like all my computer products to be scratch and sniff. Please make this smell like Lilacs.
  • 2% of voters (32)
    Other - posted in thread.
1308 Total Votes  
post #231 of 1303
There is enough ITX cases out there if you want to go plain air cooling. The best ITX will be the one with the best water-cooling support while still having a native SSD and HDD support.
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post #232 of 1303
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Originally Posted by Lurikrunch View Post

My 'dream' mini-ITX case is fairly similar to the crowdfunded NCASE M1 featured on Hardforum, but smaller and with the silencing characteristics of Fractal Design's tower cases with a blow-through air design. A single externally-mounted H60 for the CPU (using the extended grommet hole suggestion) outside the 1x120mm exhaust fan slot, space for a single SSD mount (possibilty behind the motherboard to save room), room for a dual-slot GPU cooler with its own intake vent (like the Sugo series, or Bitfenix Prodigy), 1x120m intake fan, honeycomb dust filter for the intake. Oh, and a handle on top for easy portability!

Where would you put the PSU?
post #233 of 1303
I personally l like the fractal node more than the prodigy.



Cons:
  • Modular PSU cables will get in the way of any cards longer than something like a GTX 650.
  • Motherboard standoffs are not pre-installed
  • No Reset Button

Edited by exzacklyright - 3/29/13 at 2:23am
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post #234 of 1303

I've got a Prodigy and a Node 304 sitting on my desk right now, and after building in both I appreciate the extra room of the Prodigy a bit more. The Node is just too cramped which is especially odd given that its not substantially smaller than the Prodigy. I think it does beat out the Prodigy in build quality though.

If Corsair could get something together like the Node, but be a little more efficient with how the interior volume is used- they may have something.
 
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post #235 of 1303
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Originally Posted by theonedub View Post

If Corsair could get something together like the Node, but be a little more efficient with how the interior volume is used- they may have something.

Yeah this. My friend just built his gaming PC with the node and I love it. It seems like the perfect size. I just personally love the looks of it more than the prodigy.
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post #236 of 1303
The only reason I've recently been looking into mini-ITX is because I frequently travel cross country via plane. I wanted to make something small enough to fit in a large, carry-on-able backpack, but still be able to pack a GTX680 in there. I usually just take my Asus G71 laptop, but the Duo Core CPU and GTX260M GPU are really starting to show their age. I don't want to keep buying new laptops. I'd rather have a small box I can just swap components out of every three to five years.

The Silverstone SG05 seems to be as small as I can get right now without ordering from a company to custom build something themselves (Falcon NW's Fragbox).

One improvement I would definitely like to see on the SG05 is removable filtered perforations. There are perforated sides, but no filters.

I also want to use an H50/H60 CPU cooler in the case, but the only place to mount it is on the front intake, which gets rid of an unobstructed intake as the GTX680 is sucking from the side, the PSU from the inside (mounted upright) or the top outside (mounted upside down), and the H50/H60 either exhausting or intaking in a push/pull setup. A perforated top with a removable filter would be nice to mount the cooler to, moving the HDD/ODD slot on a 90 degree turn off to the side or something out of the way for people who would rather use a heatsink and fan to cool their CPU but also allowing people who want to use a 120mm radiator to have the option to install a slimline ODD, multicard reader, etc.

Next, I'd like to see a custom 500w modular PSU with a GOOD fan in it and a removable filter and at least a 80+ Gold efficiency rating. Since the case is emphasized on being as small as possible but allowing the highest tier of single, dual slot cards, I think anything above 500w would be unnecessary.

Also, maybe not standard with the case, but it would be cool to be able to buy a shortened and SLEEVED PSU cable bundle thing...

And, make it pretty, please! The flatter, the better. Backpackable! I have faith! biggrin.gif
post #237 of 1303
Quote:
Originally Posted by exzacklyright View Post

I personally l like the fractal node more than the prodigy.



Cons:
  • Modular PSU cables will get in the way of any cards longer than something like a GTX 650.
  • Motherboard standoffs are not pre-installed
  • No Reset Button

I have built in the Node and the Lian Li Q25. Right now I have just begun my third ITX build in a Prodigy. I think there is a middle ground between these three that can be reached.

The Q25 is in my opinion the sexiest of the three and I love the easy to remove side panels. The Prodigy has the most space to work in and better choices for cooling options. The Node has a middle of the road approach with cooling options of the three and has a smaller footprint on the desk than the Prodigy.

As for your cons list on the Node, it is not accurate, IF you take the time and explore PSU options. I actually found that a Thermaltake Evo Blue 2 fits the node perfectly with a HD 7950 and I could have done an even bigger card, that BTW is a 160mm modular PSU. A Silverstone Strider with the small for factor cable set would work perfect as well. In fact with PSU selection the Lian Li was the one with the most restrictions and it works great with a Silverstone SFX PSU.

The key for Corsair in designing a new ITX case is to be unique and not unique at the same time. There are a lot of great IXT designs out there but each has a very specific strong feature and numerous weaknesses. They should look to bring together some of those strong features.
post #238 of 1303
I have to agree with a lot of what mopar is saying. The prodigy is great, it just has too much volume and the space can be better utilizied. The main reason you need to have so much extra space in the prodigy is the ATX PSU support, if you create a good 500/550W alternative power supply with modular cables and a much better form factor to fit in a small case, many of the design constraints of the Prodigy are lifted. Make a smaller, more efficient prodigy - esk oriented case.. and do yourselves a huge favor of making a killer power supply for the form factor. I need something that can power my titan + my 3770k + my H220 without running at full load and therefor killing itself all the time (and possibly my components).
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post #239 of 1303
What about something like a scaled down 650d? It's edging into MATX size, but here's a quick mock up.

here is a comparison next to the 650d. The 5.25" drive bays are riveted in, but the rivets are easily accessible if you need to drill them out. The hdd cages are individually removeable to allow more room for longer graphics cards. a 240mm thick rad can fit in push or pull with fans in behind the top removable mesh, or a thin rad (like an h100) can fit pushpull.

What do y'all think?
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What about something like a scaled down 650d? It's edging into MATX size, but here's a quick mock up.

here is a comparison next to the 650d. The 5.25" drive bays are riveted in, but the rivets are easily accessible if you need to drill them out. The hdd cages are individually removeable to allow more room for longer graphics cards. a 240mm thick rad can fit in push or pull with fans in behind the top removable mesh, or a thin rad (like an h100) can fit pushpull.

What do y'all think?

Likes, except I rather see removable 5.25" bays because a lot of people don't use them anymore, a lot of people that I know of at least, including me. Well ... It could come in handy for those with the res/pump combo bays for WC I guess. Still, removable would be awesome.

I like your mock up though.

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