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I am looking to build a small form factor (SSF) computer in the next couple of months with these specifications in descending importance:
  1. Mid/High end gaming system
  2. ITX or Small mATX form factor
  3. Very quiet but not neccessarily Silent
  4. Single monitor
  5. Probably Air cooled

The most exciting part is picking a case and I have a feeling I have seen all of the "regulars" by now. The more Prodigy builds I see, the more I want something a bit different or unique. I was hoping I could get some eyeballs on this thread because collectively you guys/gals may have come across something I haven't. Here are some of the ones I liked and pros/cons:

  • Silverstone FT03-Mini: I freaking love this case. I am looking for something just like this. It looks stylish, clean, minimalistic and has a unique monolithic form factor. However I heard it runs hot and loud , especially the required 450W SFX PSU. There is a limitation on GPU length, required a blower card, and the GPU is pressed right up against one of the panels. The height of the CPU cooler is also pretty limited. If the case didn't cost a hefty £100 I would be willing just to take the risk, but at that price tag I feel like I am making one too many concessions.
  • NCASE M1 - crowd founded ITX case. I bloody love this case (so far only on paper obviously), but I didn't get in on time to get on the delivery list. Sleek, small yet spacious enough, unique.
  • Abee Cases - Holy ****, the holy grail of style and layout. Too bad they are only sold in Japan and cost roughly £250
  • Prodigy: The look of the Prodigy is "OK" but it is so common these days and it is just a bit too big for me. The handles look stupid. I do like how you can fit all regular sized components in here, so it is a very "safe" case to get.
  • Node 304: The node looks lovely, but it is almost a bit TOO featureless on the outside. There is a difference between minimalism and being just plain. The shoe box form factor looks a bit uninspiring. Size wise, it is pretty perfect: small, but not so small that you have to make too may compormises.
  • The Sugo Series: The SG05 is too small and will probably run hot. The SG08 is similar to the Node 304 (which I prefer) and the bigger SG cases don't have a great look to them in my opinion.
  • Lian Li: There are so many Lian Li cases it is hard to keep track of them all. Most are too small for my purpose, or have been designed to be servers rather than gaming systems. Most have the PSU dangling right in front of the CPU cooler. Some of the small mATX cases look nice, but there are very few build logs out there so it is hard to get a feel for them. Lian Li experts are welcome!
  • TJ08 lovely case for the role it fulfils, but probably just a tad too big and the front looks quite boring with the mesh and optical disc bay.


ANYWAYS, so now you have an idea what I am looking for, what a I like and what I don't like. If you have any SFF build you can share with me, I would be super glad to look at your pictures and generally spark a SFF discussion.
Edited by Buildmeister - 6/14/13 at 9:05am
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NZXT Vulcan?

Just saw this while browsing yesterday and I like it...almost enough to change to it

though based on your choices, maybe not sleek enough? I like it - good mix to me but everyone's different
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NCASE M1 - crowd founded ITX case. I bloody love this case (so far only on paper obviously), but I didn't get in on time to get on the delivery list. Sleek, small yet spacious enough, unique.

You're not too late. Backers of the prototype campaign get priority on shipping, but don't expect that will make more than two weeks difference to delivery times for non-backers. Since it's made by Lian-Li they can pump out 500 cases in a couple weeks no problem.
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Corsair 350D?
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Id look at the s3 from caselabs or do an ft03 regular size and use the extra l space for watercooling. The M1 is a definite contender, but id want to watercool the gpu personally.

Jonsbro also has some sweet cases if you can work around getting them her re.

LIan Li is also doing some cases based off of the M1 features. I would only do this if the M1 is not an option.
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Im in the same dilemma as op, I thought I wanted to go smaller than the tj08-e for my next case but I like overclocking more than form factor and I cant afford to put everything under water right now so I think the corsair 350D is going to be my next choice. Still thinking it over though
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