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Looking for suggestions here, these are my current ideas.

I've been looking for a case to build an entirely new build into.
I'm still on the debate of Mini-ITX vs mATX
Probably wont be water cooling
GPU length wise I'd be looking the 980ti
Must fit full size PSU as I've got a Evga 1000G2
Max budget is 75$
are there any ATX cases that don't create "motherboard dwarfism"?




**No I'm not asking you to sell me your case, I'm asking you to make me want to buy your case from a retailer**
Edited by Skye12977 - 6/12/16 at 1:15pm
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Well, first you need to answer the question, "will I ever do SLI?" Assuming the answer is no...

My pitch:
You know that sound when you close a quality car door? That feeling when you pick up a German knife? That feeling when you look into that designer's well appointed office? Those feelings are Phanteks Evolv ITX. It's more than a mere vessel for silicon, it is a monument to good taste.
    
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The Phanteks suffers from GPU air starvation
The Air 240 is limited to narrow graphic cards
The Node can suffer from heat with aftermarket gpu coolers

All those cases work best with blower style.

Check the Fractal Define S Nano
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I know you said you aren't into water cooling but maybe a GPU with an all in one pre assembled water cooler would be advisable if you haven't already made your GPU purchase. This way you can direct GPU heat directly out of the case.
    
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Originally Posted by paskowitz View Post

Well, first you need to answer the question, "will I ever do SLI?" Assuming the answer is no...

My pitch:
You know that sound when you close a quality car door? That feeling when you pick up a German knife? That feeling when you look into that designer's well appointed office? Those feelings are Phanteks Evolv ITX. It's more than a mere vessel for silicon, it is a monument to good taste.
Love that you followed the meme lol, because I'm wanting a 980 ti I doubt I'll do Crossfire or SLI, it's just if I don't get a 980 ti I probably will.
I do like that all black version more than the one with red accents.

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Originally Posted by smithydan View Post

The Phanteks suffers from GPU air starvation
The Air 240 is limited to narrow graphic cards
The Node can suffer from heat with aftermarket gpu coolers

All those cases work best with blower style.

Check the Fractal Define S Nano

I thought about it, but unless I'm for sure going to water-cool, there is way too much empty space in the case.
I could see how the phanteks could decrease the air for the GPU
I've seen the problem with the 240, most of the time the power connectors hit the sidepanel if the heat-pipes dont
not sure what you mean by it suffers from heat


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Originally Posted by paskowitz View Post

I know you said you aren't into water cooling but maybe a GPU with an all in one pre assembled water cooler would be advisable if you haven't already made your GPU purchase. This way you can direct GPU heat directly out of the case.
I won't be buying the GPU until next month at the earliest.
I've thought about it but dislike the aesthetics of them
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post #6 of 16
I have the Air 540 and it is fantastic. Very good build quality and it has the best cooling of any case I have ever seen due to the fact that it has fans with a direct path to your video cards. It's the only case I have ever owned that was able to keep 2 7970's that were mining coins cool on a hot summer day with little effort. Only gripe I have about the case is only 2 front USB and the side panel without the window needs something stuck to the center to avoid resonance with the particular fans I am running. I stuck a small piece of dynamat in the middle. Probably not an issue with any other fan so you probably won't experience that issue.

Here's what I have to say about the A540... If cooling is your main goal it's the one out of the 3 that you want. If lowest possible noise is your thing then it might not be the right one. The fans it comes with are pretty quiet but it's not going to be any quieter than any other open airflow case.
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I have the Air 540 and it is fantastic. Very good build quality and it has the best cooling of any case I have ever seen due to the fact that it has fans with a direct path to your video cards. It's the only case I have ever owned that was able to keep 2 7970's that were mining coins cool on a hot summer day with little effort. Only gripe I have about the case is only 2 front USB and the side panel without the window needs something stuck to the center to avoid resonance with the particular fans I am running. I stuck a small piece of dynamat in the middle. Probably not an issue with any other fan so you probably won't experience that issue.

Here's what I have to say about the A540... If cooling is your main goal it's the one out of the 3 that you want. If lowest possible noise is your thing then it might not be the right one. The fans it comes with are pretty quiet but it's not going to be any quieter than any other open airflow case.
I currently own a 540 and I'm not using it.
I'm looking to downsize my form factor because the case it too large for what I want, I don't like seeing one GPU in a case like the 540, it feels like so much wasted space.
I actually own 3 corsair cases at the moment and I've been trying to get rid of them locally, only one I haven't posted up is the 540.
mATX and mini-ITX are the only form factors I'm really interested in at the moment.
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I think you've exhausted options with decent cooling under $75 - the x2 nextyde/isolatic comes to mind, Raidmax Hyperion, maybe Raijintek Styx (might be too expensive)... but none of those seem to fit your aesthetic and are mostly steel/plastic.
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I currently own a 540 and I'm not using it.
I'm looking to downsize my form factor because the case it too large for what I want, I don't like seeing one GPU in a case like the 540, it feels like so much wasted space.
I actually own 3 corsair cases at the moment and I've been trying to get rid of them locally, only one I haven't posted up is the 540.
mATX and mini-ITX are the only form factors I'm really interested in at the moment.

Your picture looked very much like the A540. When I bought mine there wasn't a smaller one out. I thought the case you were interested in was the 540. Might be a good idea to put the case names under the pictures in the OP.
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I think you've exhausted options with decent cooling under $75 - the x2 nextyde/isolatic comes to mind, Raidmax Hyperion, maybe Raijintek Styx (might be too expensive)... but none of those seem to fit your aesthetic and are mostly steel/plastic.
I don't mind going above the 75$, but If I am I'm not go to settle for something that "lacks"
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Your picture looked very much like the A540. When I bought mine there wasn't a smaller one out. I thought the case you were interested in was the 540. Might be a good idea to put the case names under the pictures in the OP.
I'm not looking directly for the cases in my original post, those are just some of the chassis that I liked.
In my original post I also specified that I was debating between Mini-ITX and mATX.
Thanks for the suggestion though.
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