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Aluminum MATX casing that can fit a D14 ( FT03 or SG09/10)

post #1 of 10
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Hello,

I am considering moving to a MATX casing from A05FNB.

It must be able to fit a D14 and smaller than my A05FNB and preferably aluminum.

May I know what choices do I have?

I wanted to get SG09/10 or FT03 but realize is not aluminum but I am boil down to this 2 choices, which should I get?

sometimes Lian Li really piss me off, why can't they just "copy" SG09 design so I don't have to decide at all.

Criteria for Casing (as Request by Audience)

1) aluminum or mix or alu look
2) Able to fit Noctua D14/Noctua NH-U12P
3) Smaller size than Lian Li A05-FNB (Volume or height)
4) NO requirement for custom Liquid cooling
5) kind of noise level - NOT IMPORTANT
Edited by seesee - 4/6/13 at 6:34pm
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no recommendation?
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up and away
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post #5 of 10
Caselabs TH10 tongue.gif

EDIT:
Okay, so in all seriousness, NH D14s are NOT designed for small form factor cases. Get a kraken X40, or an H90 and then choose a nice, compact aluminium case.
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post #6 of 10
it might help if you indicate what kind of rig you are building. aside from aluminum what other criteria are you looking for? FT03 has a smaller footprint but it's a larger case. SG10 has great airflow but at some decibel cost. FT03 does not travel well, so if this is going to be a lan box, then the SG10 will be better.

it's difficult to give any kind of suggestion when you don't give more information as to what you are looking for.
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the size of the case should be smaller than A05FNB. I like small and compact case.
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post #8 of 10
that's not really saying much. there are plenty of cases "smaller" then the A05FNB.. also when you say smaller, what do you mean by it? footprint? height? length? volume? etc... try to come up with more specific criteria to measure by. what kind of noise level are you trying to achieve? do you require provisions for liquid cooling for the future? etc...
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that's not really saying much. there are plenty of cases "smaller" then the A05FNB.. also when you say smaller, what do you mean by it? footprint? height? length? volume? etc... try to come up with more specific criteria to measure by. what kind of noise level are you trying to achieve? do you require provisions for liquid cooling for the future? etc...

1) aluminum or mix
2) Able to fit Noctua D14/Noctua NH-U12P
3) Smaller size than Lian Li A05-FNB (Volume or height)
4) NO requirement for custom Liquid cooling
5) kind of noise level - NOT IMPORTANT
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post #10 of 10
IIRC FT03 is much taller then A05-FNB so i guess the easy answer is SG10 biggrin.gif

SG10 has everything you are looking for except the aluminum part smile.gif unless you are looking for aluminum for purely aesthetic reasons, there is no advantage for aluminum over the SG10. weight wise it's awash because SG10 is smaller so naturally alittle lighter. cooling wise, SG10 is the most powerful air cooling case of its size. you will not find another case that size that has more air cooling options w/o breaking out the dremel biggrin.gif
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