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Hi, I recently purchased

- i7-3770k (CPU)
- XFX 7850 Core Edition (GPU)
- MSI Z77IA-E53 (MoBo)
- Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (RAM)


I was thinking of getting a FT03-mini but i'm worried about the heat from the graphics card coming back into the case as the XFX GPU isnt a reference model and doesnt only exhaust in the back of the case. Do you think it matters much ? Or is there any other small case kinda like the ft03-mini ? If not i'm just gonna go with a prodigy tongue.gif
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Fwiw, i'd be worried about that too. Pretty slick case,but it only has the one 140mm fan in the bottom. What are you're plans for the CPU cooler?

Fractal Design has some small cases too: Node 304, Arc Mini, Define Mini. The two minis are < 16" tall and provide fan mount options along the lines of many midsize cases (so lots of cooling options).
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For CPU cooler i was thinking about getting one of those maintenance-free water cooler like H60 or H80i. The node 304 looks a little "fat" lol
post #4 of 20
I would say get a reference cooler on your GPU that way it will expel heat from the top (Orientation of the case) then with the H60 you'll have no issue if you mount the rad to the bottom of the case

Example:
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Originally Posted by xhaloedx View Post

I would say get a reference cooler on your GPU that way it will expel heat from the top (Orientation of the case) then with the H60 you'll have no issue if you mount the rad to the bottom of the case

Example:

But i already bought the graphics card. how do i get just a reference cooler ?
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For CPU cooler i was thinking about getting one of those maintenance-free water cooler like H60 or H80i. The node 304 looks a little "fat" lol

So in the Fortress-mini the radiator would have to go on top of the 140mm fan in the base of the case, is that right? Still leave room for a 10" GPU? I think the node 304 is a bit boxy looking too. I wonder what case this is... http://www.falcon-nw.com/desktops/fragbox?

The prodigy is pretty slick looking too.

Some other ideas here... http://lifehacker.com/5994570/five-best-small-form-factor-pc-cases
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But i already bought the graphics card. how do i get just a reference cooler ?

I think the impellor fan cooler on the GPU and the Fortress-mini case is a bit of a mismatch myself. That case wants a shrouded gpu with a blower fan. Arci/Define minis looks like a better match (mount fans galore inside those little cases).
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Well considering you have the card , I would say you could manage. If the air flows into the case I would have the Fan on the rad set to pull if internal or push if set to external like the picture. This way air comes into the case as an intake and naturally pushes the air to the top, heat rises so in my theory it makes sense. I would say not to overclock the card much though if you do end up with toasty temps.
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I know you have your sights set on the FT03 Mini but the Node 304 really is more optimal for your GPU.
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I know you have your sights set on the FT03 Mini but the Node 304 really is more optimal for your GPU.

but i dont really like how it looks. Im gonna be moving in my university dorm next semester and my room isnt too big. wanted to get a small computer i could put on my desk without taking too much space. it seems like the node is even bigger than the prodigy
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