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Smallest half tower that feels like a FULL tower?

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This question is for both ATX and mATX cases. My question is, what's the smallest half tower you've worked with that feels like a full tower? I know this question probably sounds ridiculous, but I thought what the heck, I might learn something new. I like the feeling of spaciousness in an ATX full tower, where you can assemble everything in a breeze because it's so roomy. thumb.gif But on the flip side, the dimensions of a full tower are enormous, and it's bulky. So I'm wondering if you ever got that same roomy feeling of a full tower a smaller HALF tower case. Thanks. tongue.gif

PS, on a totally unrelated note, I need all the rep I can get. Lol. biggrin.gif
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Only thing that comes to mind is the HAF XM

My last mid tower i worked on was a HAF 912 and that felt tiny compared to the HAF X the Strom Tropper and the first NZXT Phantom
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For M-ATX, the NZXT Vulcan is definitely roomy. Mine had an H60, 2 HD 6970's, 3 HDD's, 1 SSD, an ODD, 850w Modular PSU, and a bunch of other misc. parts. There was still enough room to work with, and it had decent cable management.

Any particular reason you're looking at smaller cases?

If you meant HAF cases, the HAF 912 wasn't the nicest of cases and definitely felt like it was for a budget build. That's the only HAF I've owned, but I've assembled a 922, and they're nice, but still rather large IMO.
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TJ08-E seems small, but is actually fairly roomy to work with considering its mATX size. room for good HSF, good amount of room for cable management. PSU and ODD limitations, but who uses an ODD internally these days anyway? biggrin.gif only time you use an ODD is to install windows. then back in the drawer it goes biggrin.gif
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Probably the FT02, which is considered a mid tower but feels really roomy.
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Only thing that comes to mind is the HAF XM

My last mid tower i worked on was a HAF 912 and that felt tiny compared to the HAF X the Strom Tropper and the first NZXT Phantom

Cool thank you thumb.gif

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For M-ATX, the NZXT Vulcan is definitely roomy. Mine had an H60, 2 HD 6970's, 3 HDD's, 1 SSD, an ODD, 850w Modular PSU, and a bunch of other misc. parts. There was still enough room to work with, and it had decent cable management.

Any particular reason you're looking at smaller cases?

If you meant HAF cases, the HAF 912 wasn't the nicest of cases and definitely felt like it was for a budget build. That's the only HAF I've owned, but I've assembled a 922, and they're nice, but still rather large IMO.

Jaguarbamf, I'm looking at smaller cases because I've always built with ATX cases in the past, but I never ended up using 90% of the expansion slots. Everyone else is going smaller, and I've been thinking what's the point in buying a full sized tower if you don't use all the slots on the motherboard and you only have a single GPU? Does that make sense?

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TJ08-E seems small, but is actually fairly roomy to work with considering its mATX size. room for good HSF, good amount of room for cable management. PSU and ODD limitations, but who uses an ODD internally these days anyway? biggrin.gif only time you use an ODD is to install windows. then back in the drawer it goes biggrin.gif

Lol yeah I love the interior of that case, it's the exterior I find unappealing.

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Wow, that looks awesome! But it's sold out mad.gif. Really would like something exactly like that, but the "Newegg Replacement suggestions" are totally different.

*Edit* And it's insanely expensive. Gosh, $160 for a tiny case, I can't do that.
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Lol yeah I love the interior of that case, it's the exterior I find unappealing.

hum.... you may want to give us an idea of what type of aesthetics you are looking for. any examples as to what style of case you fancy?
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Wow, that looks awesome! But it's sold out mad.gif. Really would like something exactly like that, but the "Newegg Replacement suggestions" are totally different.

*Edit* And it's insanely expensive. Gosh, $160 for a tiny case, I can't do that.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1250166/lian-li-v700

Read my overview of it.

It might be a bit expensive, but the Lian Li quality is something to behold.
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