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Hi all, i've been thinking about when haswell gets released, i will build a SFF gaming PC. However, i need some suggestions on which case i should go for. Is the Bitfenix Prodigy good? i've heard good reviews but don't know if my PSU will fit in it, its an Antec High Current Pro 750W and its a little longer (~3cm) longer than an average PSU.

also, i've been looking at the Shuttle XPC's but considering it has a 50mm PSU fan, it might be too loud for me so can anyone help me with this one?


Thanks.
Edited by Phenomanator53 - 5/20/13 at 3:42am
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post #2 of 33
Get a Node 304!

Absolutely love mine! biggrin.gif
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Just a heads up as mods dont like the advertising of rep distribution. Edit your thread to avoid issues. And for the case. Thr bitfenix prodigy is just sexy

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Thanks for the replies so far. The node 304 does look pretty good but the PSU location is a bit concerning. will it dump heat back into the case?

prodigy wont fit my psu as i just found out mad.gif

NCASE M1 looks sweet but i want the GPU facing up/fan facing left so that i can see it when i have the case open/window
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I just built a prodigy ... ... and while the case is fantastic and feels really solid ... the feet really annoy me, to the extent that I wish I had bought a different tower ...

I used a 160mm PSU (modular) in the prodigy and really battled to get it in nicely ... if you going SFF I would suggest a fully modular SFF PSU like the silverstone SFX450



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post #7 of 33
My vote goes to node 304 as well. To answer your question, heat isn't really the problem with the PSU in this case but the length may interfere if your graphics card is too long. Is it modular your PSU?

Another small case I really like is the silverstone FT-03 mini, but chances are you'll need to get a new PSU for that as it is designed for SFX PSU's but you can mount standard ATX PSU's with a small mod: only the bending of one lip I think.
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The node 304 is a nice case, and BTW my PSU is semi-modular and is a tad longer than an average PSU:


BTW i was thinking of putting something like a Radeon 8970* in it and it will be a long card. so i hope my PSU wont interfere.
Also can one of you guys with a node 304 please post a pic on the clearance between the GPU and the PSU please? thanks.

* in da future
Edited by Phenomanator53 - 5/20/13 at 4:34am
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post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by Phenomanator53 View Post

Thanks for the replies so far. The node 304 does look pretty good but the PSU location is a bit concerning. will it dump heat back into the case?

prodigy wont fit my psu as i just found out mad.gif

NCASE M1 looks sweet but i want the GPU facing up/fan facing left so that i can see it when i have the case open/window

Nope, my Node 304 stays cool and quiet even while gaming. thumb.gif

I'd give you a picture of the clearance between the GPU and the PSU but I can't be bothered to take the top cover off, I guess I'm just lazy. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Phenomanator53 View Post

The node 304 is a nice case, and BTW my PSU is semi-modular and is a tad longer than an average PSU:


BTW i was thinking of putting something like a Radeon 8970* in it and it will be a long card. so i hope my PSU wont interfere.
Also can one of you guys with a node 304 please post a pic on the clearance between the GPU and the PSU please? thanks.

* in da future

I'll measure it this evening. I don't have a camera nor is my cellphone camera good enough tongue.gif You'd be good with a non modular, but I don't know about a semi-modular.
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