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I love my CM690, really do. But it's just so big. I just went through some moving, and will be moving multiple times in the next year I imagine. The giant case is rather inconvenient.

I'm a simple user who uses 1 graphics card and two hard drives. Don't see myself ever expanding beyond that.

My next build is going to be mATX/ITX for sure. The smaller the better. I need a small case that will fit everything. Restrictions are:

- No water cooling. I buy high end air coolers not because I want to overclock, but because they are completely silent when running at low speeds. Most radiators have this hum that annoys me.
- Must be able to fit a regular sized power supply, no SFF
- Preferably able to fit a triple slot graphics card. Hey you never know when you just decide to pick one up.

The biggest issue for me is going to be the size of the case along with the size of the CPU cooler. I worked with regular ATX for all of my life, and I never even considered looking at low profile CPU coolers. So absolutely don't know where to look. Doesn't have to be a flat cooler if the case allows it.

Expert on the forums, any suggestions? I don't want to pay more than $100 for the case, and will pay for whatever high end CPU cooler that will fit. I paid the full price for my current TT Silverarrow, and don't regret it one bit for how quiet it is. Quietness is the main concern.

Thanks.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
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500gb Samsung 850 EVO 640gb WD Caviar Black TT Silver Arrow Dell U2312M 
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post #2 of 5
I would suggest considering the Fractal Arc Mini R2. It's not out yet but is coming very soon. It's a MicroATX case that should meet all of your requirements. It's not the smallest SFF case out there, but it's a good deal smaller than your average mid tower.
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Ripsaw0.9
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RipsawHTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3770k Asus Maximus V Extreme msi gtx 580 EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Miracle Ram DDR3 2x4Gb 1866Mhz Samsung 830 Hitachi 2tb 7200rpm OCZ Vertex 3 120 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LG BluRay Burner h100 Coolermaster sickleflow red x4 Windows 7 Ultimate x64  
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer BlackWidow Cougar powerx 700 Custom Test Bench (in progress) Gigabyte Gaming Mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom ii x4 960t ASUS m5a97 evga gtx 260 Corsair Vengeance LP 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 3 Hitachi Deskstar 7200 LG Blu-Ray Burner Corsair H100 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dynex 24" 1920x1080p TV XFX PRO 550w Fractal Design Arc Midi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon ii x3 440 msi 785gm-p45 EVGA GTX 260 G-skill ripjaws 2x4gb ddr1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
corsair f120 Western Digital 2tb green Seagate 2tb green lg drd rw 
CoolingOSMonitor
coolermaster 101 windows 7 home premium Panasonic tcp50u2 
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Silverstone SG10 for MATX

Node for ITX
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I'm in the same boat and I've settled on either the Node 304 or the SG08.
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