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Need some help picking a case

post #1 of 6
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I've started to plan my mini-ITX build but am having difficulty deciding on a case.

I was all ready to go with the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced due to its price and feature set until I read some troubling reviews regarding its thermals. Another possibility is the Fractal Design Node 304. Just how different are these two cases?

The Prodigy is out because it's too big and bulky for my tastes. The cube is where it's at! I'm also looking at something that will be QUIET, relatively speaking.

I will be just moving over my existing i5-2500k (and will overclock it to 4.0 GHz, which it can do now with no voltage increase), and I'll be picking up a new mobo (haven't decided on this yet) and will be putting in an AMD 7950. I use one SSD and one normal hard drive, and I could live without an optical drive. Also, my PSU is modular.

Help, anyone?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.0 GHz ASRock Extreme3Gen3 Z68 Radeon HD 5850 8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB Intel 320 Series 120 GB SATA SSD Windows 7 64-bit LG 24" LCD 
Power
Corsair 520HX 
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Hal 12000
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i5-2500k @ 4.0 GHz ASRock Extreme3Gen3 Z68 Radeon HD 5850 8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB Intel 320 Series 120 GB SATA SSD Windows 7 64-bit LG 24" LCD 
Power
Corsair 520HX 
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post #2 of 6
Well, the Node seems like a great option but we must know what your PSU is. Since your PSU is modular it might interfere with/block the 7950 in the Node.
post #3 of 6
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Sorry! Here is the exact PSU that I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139001
Hal 12000
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.0 GHz ASRock Extreme3Gen3 Z68 Radeon HD 5850 8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB Intel 320 Series 120 GB SATA SSD Windows 7 64-bit LG 24" LCD 
Power
Corsair 520HX 
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Reply
Hal 12000
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.0 GHz ASRock Extreme3Gen3 Z68 Radeon HD 5850 8GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB Intel 320 Series 120 GB SATA SSD Windows 7 64-bit LG 24" LCD 
Power
Corsair 520HX 
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post #4 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by edouble View Post

Sorry! Here is the exact PSU that I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139001

Sorry I'm not sure if that would fit :/
It looks short enough, but I can't find specific dimensions. It seems corsair removed it from their site because it's old :/ Wait for a few more opinions from others.
post #5 of 6
It's rather deep, but I can't say exactly how deep maybe 175/180mm? You could put a centimeter ruler to it...
post #6 of 6
I would highly recommend node 304. Great build quality and easy to assemble. There is a lot of info on this forum regarding compatibility for reference as well.
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