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I'm wanting to downsize my rig considerably as I've decided I'd like to be able to move it around for LANs on occasion and my 932 is just too freaking big to do that regularly.

I've narrowed it down to two cases and am having a hard time deciding just how small I want to go.

The other specs;
i7-3770k under an H80
16GB of 2400MHz RAM
Two 3TB HDDs and one 10k RPM 1TB raptor (possibly an SSD instead)
GTX680 4GB edition.
760W PSU

I know all of these parts will fit into either case, it's just a matter of how small I want to go. So my question is this; should I go as small as possible, or is there a reason to leave myself some room to add more gear? Do any of you regret going too small?

mATX:
SilverStone Fortress FT03B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163176
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

ITX:
Node 304: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352027
EVGA Stinger: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188125

I don't like the BitFenix Prodigy's USB placement, so please nobody suggest that case. Different MoBo's or a different mATX case suggestion would be appreciated though.

Thanks!
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I really like the look of that ITX case and Mobo and for a lanbox i think a 680 would suffice by a mile.
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The reason for the 680 is actually so I can do 3-screen gaming. Hence the 4GB edition. That would be my next upgrade after the computer itself.
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How about the TJ08-E for mATX?

Built in one for a rig given to my brother, really solid build quality, looks gorgeous, good airflow w/ the 180mm front fan. If you only would need two or three 3.5" HDD the main cage can be dispensed of for lots of room for real watercooling if one wishes. 2 HDD's fits easily in the 5.25 bays (suspended with rubber bands), with one ODD you can only fit one without it hanging down though, but you can still fit one on the floor, 2.5" goes easily on back of mobo plate.
I also like the inverted mobo position. The front fan can be turned to so it's very quite too.

It's also quite a lot less expensive than the FT03, it's my understanding that the FT03 case also keeps your components pretty hot. Granted, the FT03 looks quite different and kinda cool.




How a bout a 900D, that's a pretty compact case, isn't it?
Edited by arvidab - 1/24/13 at 1:13pm
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How about the TJ08-E for mATX?

Built in one for a rig given to my brother, really solid build quality, looks gorgeous, good airflow w/ the 180mm front fan. If you only would need two or three 3.5" HDD the main cage can be dispensed of for lots of room for real watercooling if one wishes. 2 HDD's fits easily in the 5.25 bays (suspended with rubber bands), with one ODD you can only fit one without it hanging down though, but you can still fit one on the floor, 2.5" goes easily on back of mobo plate.
I also like the inverted mobo position. The front fan can be turned to so it's very quite too.

It's also quite a lot less expensive than the FT03, it's my understanding that the FT03 case also keeps your components pretty hot. Granted, the FT03 looks quite different and kinda cool.

I did a lot of research on mATX cases for an upcoming build for my buddy, and we ended up w/ a TJ-08E. It's a beautifully designed little case.
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How about the TJ08-E for mATX?
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Originally Posted by Foolsmasher View Post

I did a lot of research on mATX cases for an upcoming build for my buddy, and we ended up w/ a TJ-08E. It's a beautifully designed little case.

That's a good find, thanks... still don't know how small I want to go.

I just threw this together comparing the sizes of the 932 vs TJ-08E vs Node 304. It's pretty striking.

That's 3D, Top, Side and front. LTR, TTB.
Edited by CTRLurself - 1/24/13 at 2:45pm
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post #7 of 12
Another vote of confidence for the TJ-08e, I've got a a gene-z and 2600k in one of them and I love it.

In regards to this "should I go as small as possible, or is there a reason to leave myself some room to add more gear? Do any of you regret going too small?" I believe that mATX is a excellent balance point where it looks like in some situations to you pay extra just for a bigger board with the same features if you go full ATX and you almost always have to pay more or lose features when going down to ITX. It also feels like that with the cases too IMO, like a full tower just has too much space that goes unused unless you have 3+ GPUs and that ITX cases aren't much smaller than mATX but make you compromise in a lot of areas.
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That (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188125) is a fantastic little board. Makes me want to do one.
    
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best mATX: TJ08-E
smallest gaming grade mATX: SG09
best ITX: SG08
smallest gaming grade ITX: SG06
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I believe that mATX is a excellent balance point where it looks like in some situations to you pay extra just for a bigger board with the same features if you go full ATX and you almost always have to pay more or lose features when going down to ITX. It also feels like that with the cases too IMO, like a full tower just has too much space that goes unused unless you have 3+ GPUs and that ITX cases aren't much smaller than mATX but make you compromise in a lot of areas.
That's kind-of how I've been feeling about it, but it's nice knowing I'm not the only person who thinks that. And funny enough I'm building only my 4th non-Full-ATX tower ever this coming week. I usually get requests for "enough space for anything" and go full ATX for everything because they have the money and it's what they asked for, lol. I'm finally over the "I want to watercool everything eventually" stage and I'm at the "I want to be able to move it without herniating a disk" stage.
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That (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188125) is a fantastic little board. Makes me want to do one.
I found it on an English blog by a guy trying to build a sub-$2500 mITX gaming rig.
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best mATX: TJ08-E
smallest gaming grade mATX: SG09
best ITX: SG08
smallest gaming grade ITX: SG06
SG08 can't hold enough hard drives for me. Neither can the SG06, that's why I was going with that Fractal for my ITX option... Also I haven't seen many people use it yet, but the ones who have generally have good things to say about it... especially for the money.

Good to see another vote for the TJ08E. I'm definitely leaning more towards the mATX option here. Keep any other good suggestions or info coming. This
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