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Hey guys, I am looking for a bit of advice on choosing a case for my next mITX build. Not really concerned about budget; the most important factor is portability (and naturally ventilation). I would like it to fit in a backpack so I can bring it home from university on the weekends.

As far as the GPU, full size would be nice but if need be I'll put a 670 mini inside.


Some options I've been considering:

-Silverstone Sugo SG05-B (I find it to be super ugly, which is the main reason I haven't chosen it)
-Lian Li PC-Q30 (Most aesthetically pleasing but too big for a backpack?)
-Silverstone FT03B-MINI

Feel free to send any other suggestions my way thumb.gif

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6
If size is an important factor in your decision, you need make sure exactly how big the cases are. Below is a list of some SFF cases (including the ones you already mentioned) on the market:

23.9 liters - Lian-Li PC-Q30 (Mini-ITX)
22.5 liters - SilverStone SG03 (Micro-ATX)
22.0 liters - SilverStone SG01/SG02 (Micro-ATX)
21.4 liters - SilverStone GD04/GD05 (Micro-ATX)
19.9 liters - Cooler Master Elite 120 (Mini-ITX)
19.6 liters - Fractal Design Node 304 (Mini-ITX)
17.6 liters - SilverStone FT03-MINI (Mini-ITX)
17.5 liters - Fractal Design Array R2 (Mini-ITX)
17.0 liters - Lian-Li PC-Q11 (Mini-ITX)
14.8 liters - SilverStone SG07/SG08 (Mini-ITX)
11.1 liters - SilverStone SG06 (Mini-ITX)
10.8 liters - SilverStone SG05 (Mini-ITX)

You can see that once you go over 20 liters in case size, you start to get a lot more choices that include many Micro-ATX options.
post #3 of 6
I love my Fractal Node 304. As long as you get the right size power supply, it can easily support a full-length video card. Good cooling arrangement and top quality metal inside and out. Would be easy to install a carrying handle too, if you're into that sort of thing.

Greg
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Originally Posted by Synec View Post

-Silverstone Sugo SG05-B (I find it to be super ugly, which is the main reason I haven't chosen it)

unfortunately it's also the best case possible for your purpose. a case that "travels well" are far and few between. with the SG05 + liquid cooling is maybe the best option for a "traveling" game box.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks a bunch for the replies, they've been extremely helpful so far.

The SG06 seems to be the most likely choice smile.gif

For the liquid cooling, which unit do you recommend the most? If the radiator sits on the only air intake fan, will it cause any temp issues?
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post #6 of 6
the intake air shouldn't heat up too much. it does take some modding to get a H80 in there but it may be your best choice. do realize that a SG05 DOES have a GPU length limitation so make sure you do some research when you buy the right card for it. but that is also part of the reason why it travels better then a SG08 since shorter the card, less mass and less movement that can happen when transporting.
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