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I'm going to build a small, silent, powerhouse.  The only dilemma I'm facing at the moment is the case and motherboard choices.  I'm going to probably use a z170 cpu, with either a matx or mitx board.  I like some cases like the ncase m1, which is really nice, but at the same time I'm limited to an itx board.  I don't plan to expand too much, single 1080 should be all I need, but I know you get a ton more options when you go to a matx board.  Another important thing is I have to be able to use 2 3.5" drives, which isn't supported on many itx boards.  As for cooling, I'll probably use a noctua air cooler, aio watercoolers have caused me nothing but trouble.  And for gpu cooling, I would like to use a non-reference open air cooled gpu, because of better temps, more performance and quieter low load noise?

 

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Adding on, size isn't the most important factor, yes, I want it to be smaller than my phantom 410, but I would say ascetics are a little more important if that is a factor in your guys suggestions

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I personally love the Thermaltake Core V21/V1 as for M-atx - itx respectively.

Neither are the most compact but they fit full size PSU, GPU and decent sized air cooler without an issue.
Fitting a second 3.5 into the V1 is a bit tricky but doable.

There are better cases but these are really well priced and well made.
So if budget is a concert they are probably my top pick.


The Fractal Design Define S and the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Mini are some of my favorite cases ever.
Both are amazing quality and build construction and feature full, I personally prefer the Phanteks but both are awesome.


I am realizing none of these are really that compact... but fitting a second 3.5 into a smaller itx case is pretty tricky.


As for M-atx there are plenty out there, many border on mid tower size..

But a couple of the slightly more compact to consider are the Corsair Air 240, Bitfenix Prodigy/Phenom....and my mind has gone blank..

Well I hope one of these peaks your interest.

Good luck.
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hmmm, I just found this, maybe this would open up my options a bit, I can just tape it under my desk or hide it somewhere. https://www.amazon.com/Vantec-3-5-Inch-Enclosure-Black-NST-366S3-BK/dp/B00J61Y23A


Edited by Radmanhs - 7/31/16 at 2:30am
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I keep making a LAN box build and starting over. One of the cases I really like is the Silverstone RVZ01B. Silverstone actually makes a lot of good cases for small form factors. The BitFenix Prodigy is a nice mini-ITX tower with handles in case you wanted handles.
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A Node 304 would be fine with two 3.5 and can with big GPU with good Temps (got one with an ASUS 980 strix). Or its newer iteration, the Core 500 (but don't know about the 3.5 hdd, or its silence). Both are itx, tho.
     
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"Another important thing is I have to be able to use 2 3.5" drives, , which isn't supported on many itx"

ITX boards DO support it, for the board its just about the connector.
ITX cases sometimes do support 1 or 2x 3.5" and some only 2.5"

Why do you need it small ?
Big and silent is easier to accomplisch then small and silent IMO.
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A Node 304 would be fine with two 3.5 and can with big GPU with good Temps (got one with an ASUS 980 strix). Or its newer iteration, the Core 500 (but don't know about the 3.5 hdd, or its silence). Both are itx, tho.
I've done a couple of office builds in a Node 304 and it's easy to work in. You can put up to six 2.5/3.5 drives in it and there is plenty of space for a good air cooler. It runs quiet with the Fractal fans.
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"Another important thing is I have to be able to use 2 3.5" drives, , which isn't supported on many itx"

ITX boards DO support it, for the board its just about the connector.

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