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post #11 of 18
I know it says that you want to make the switch but switching to Nvidia is bad timing.
The locked their products with their "greenlight" programs so overclocking is limited.
All lower range products are compute gimped and lack memory bandwidth.
And they're priced too high for what they offer (see the above)

I would advise you to wait for the HD9970 to drop it will lower the prices of the 780 so you can get that if you really want to go Nvidia.
post #12 of 18
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Is there any downsides to chosing a FT03-mini? It seems to be able to fit a fat radiator in the bottom if you remove the HDD-cage. I'll likely only be using a single SSD.

Unless you are making your own shorter cables, there's little advantage in choosing the gold modular PSU. I would recommend buying the bronze non-modular instead - shorter stock cables which come out in a small bundle at the side of the case. However, if you are willing to make your own cables it can be worth using the gold-modular unit for the cleaner look.



Another very important thing is, because the case has a solid panel in front of the graphics card area, then you absolutely must buy a reference GPU with a closed shroud to exhaust air out of the case. Cards with double fans will end up just recirculating their own hot air. Unfortunately this limits you to NVidia cards made by EVGA. The regular 660, 660Ti, 670, 680 and 760 and superclocked editions all fit. The FTW cards do not fit. It's a pretty big compromise but EVGA is good brand and honestly if a single 680 is too weak for you then perhaps you better look for another case that can fit a 7970 or so.

Lastly, the case is designed to work with the Corsair H60, but as you can see from my picture above, if you don't need the drive cages, then you can mount an SSD under the radiator and even fit a full water cooling CPU+GPU loop. Obviously if you do custom watercooling then you have more choices for graphics card.
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post #13 of 18
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I've done some measuring and the FT03 non-mini version is about the width and depth of my subwoofer, so that will fit quite snuggly on my desktop.

I'll make a new thread in a more appropriate section of the forums with questions about m-atx, sorry for the unconvenient and thanks for the help.
post #14 of 18
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I've done some measuring and the FT03 non-mini version is about the width and depth of my subwoofer, so that will fit quite snuggly on my desktop.

I'll make a new thread in a more appropriate section of the forums with questions about m-atx, sorry for the unconvenient and thanks for the help.

hope you realize mATX "IS" considered small form factor biggrin.gif
post #15 of 18
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hope you realize mATX "IS" considered small form factor biggrin.gif

Oh well, even so this thread is cluttered with my inability to make a decision. So I think it's for the best to make a new thread to make it easy for everyone to understand where I'm going.

People have been arguing that the prodigy doesn't qualify as a SFF; so I figured m-atx cases definitely weren't SFF tongue.gif
post #16 of 18
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Oh well, even so this thread is cluttered with my inability to make a decision. So I think it's for the best to make a new thread to make it easy for everyone to understand where I'm going.

People have been arguing that the prodigy doesn't qualify as a SFF; so I figured m-atx cases definitely weren't SFF tongue.gif
I think it's because the Prodigy is too big for an ITX case...
I mean seriously did you see it next to the N200? :O
post #17 of 18
people complain about prodigy(ITX) because is as big if not bigger then many mATX cases biggrin.gif so if you are going for a physical size that is as big if not bigger then a mATX, then there is no point in staying with an ITX biggrin.gif if you want a true high performance ITX chassis, then a SG08 would be your best bet. if you are interested in a mATX that is SMALLER then a prodigy, then a SG10 is your best bet biggrin.gif

prodigy DOES have its place in the world of SFF even tho alot of people does not think so. it's currently the best choice for custom liquid cooling in the ITX form factor due to its humongous size biggrin.gif it may actually be a decent case once the ASUS impact is released since that will be a true overclocking mobo in the ITX form factor. you can build a pretty sick machine with that on full custom liquid biggrin.gif
post #18 of 18
OP has decided to move to a bigger form-factor: http://www.overclock.net/t/1416475/intel-gaming-build-need-help-deciding-on-parts
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