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Hello everyone, I've been a member on here for a while and haven't posted yet so here it goes.

I've been digging around planning my build for the summer and can't quite decide on the case for the job. As I am a college student I need something compact but I don't want to compromise on performance as I hope to fit some kind of watercooling loop (most likely an aio since I am in school and will be transporting this thing twice a year when moving), and a GTX 1080 Ti (Preferably a EVGA FTW3 299.7 mm long). As I drive to and from my current school moving isn't too big of a hassle but I am set to transfer in a year to the east coast so I'll have to fly and ship my things when moving. Best case scenario (pun not intended) would be something that will fit as a carry on in a suitcase as I could move it myself. I've been browsing many of the general case manufacturer sites and haven't found anything that has caught my attention and figured I'd start a thread here for some advice from people who live and breath pc cases.

Thanks in Advance!
post #2 of 18
I personally am planning on building a PC build involving the Thermaltake Core V1. I decided to get that because it has fantastic airflow for all fan-cooled devices, has air filters for the front and PSU, supports USB 3.1, supports up to 4x HDDs/SSDs, and from what I recall it comfortably fits a 285mm GPU. Sure, that's a bit smaller than what you're expecting, but I'm not aware of any ITX case that can fit something larger.

If you're going to do a waterpump loop, why not liquid cool the GPU too? CPUs hardly ever benefit from liquid cooling nowadays, but GPUs (especially beefy ones like a 1080Ti) do. I'd say get yourself a smaller GPU and liquid cool that instead; the CPU in this particular case would get plenty of breathing room to not need liquid cooling.
   
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CPUHard DriveOptical DriveOS
i3 4005U ADATA SP900 DVD-RW Arch Linux 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 5350 GA-AM1M-S2H Integrated HD 8400 DDR3L 
Optical DriveCoolingOSPower
DVD-RW Custom Passive Debian Jessie Generic 250W unit 
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A Dell Inspiron case 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 5 1500X Biostar X370GTN HIS IceQ R9 290 Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
PNY SSD OCZ Vertex Asus Arctic Square Windows 10 + Arch Linux 
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32" Insignia 1080p TV Tesoro Durandal Seasonic SSR-650RM Thermaltake Core V1 
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post #3 of 18
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I've seen the thermaltake v1s but aren't a huge fan of the aesthetics. I prefer the looks of the Fractal Design Node 304 however the cooling isn't adequate with limited fans which is why the Node 804 might be better but a bit bigger. Caselabs bullet cases seem like a great option but very pricey.
post #4 of 18
As for ITX you could check out the Fractal Design Define Nano S or Phanteks EVOLV ITX. Also, the Node 304 cools everything quite well. I had an i5-4670K and EVGA GTX 980 SC in a 304 and the i5 stayed in the mid 60's with a CRYORIG H7 and mild overclock to 4GHz while the 980 peaked at 74c whilst folding.
post #5 of 18
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I do like the nano s but since i won't be using a blower style card having the graphics card right above the PSU worries me. If size wasn't an issue I'd be like everyone who is building a PC right now and get the Evolv ATX Tempered. Beautiful case. I wish the itx and atx versions were as high quality as their mid tower brother.
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FD Core 500, FTZ01,02/ML07, FT03-Mini, SG11/12, various Jonsbo cases not available in NA
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post #7 of 18
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Any idea how I could get a Jonsbo case in the US?
post #8 of 18
So, as an option that entails more expense than strictly necessary you could go for an NCase M1. There's basically just enough room to cram in all the hardware you're looking at, and it's the smallest ITX case I know of that will also support an AIO 240mm loop. It's also almost $200, and basically requires that you buy a quality SFX PSU, which generally come at a price premium compared to similarly spec'd ATX units. The good news is that it's one of the most beautifully made cases I've ever owned, and it has a minimalist style that really works for me.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Alecthar View Post

So, as an option that entails more expense than strictly necessary you could go for an NCase M1. There's basically just enough room to cram in all the hardware you're looking at, and it's the smallest ITX case I know of that will also support an AIO 240mm loop. It's also almost $200, and basically requires that you buy a quality SFX PSU, which generally come at a price premium compared to similarly spec'd ATX units. The good news is that it's one of the most beautifully made cases I've ever owned, and it has a minimalist style that really works for me.


I think I would just go with either the Caselabs BH2 or BH4 given they are priced about the same as the Ncase M1 and have better cooling performance. Yes it is almost 10 liters larger but isn't exactly huge, only downside is it wouldn't fit the FTW3 given length restrictions.
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I think I would just go with either the Caselabs BH2 or BH4 given they are priced about the same as the Ncase M1 and have better cooling performance. Yes it is almost 10 liters larger but isn't exactly huge, only downside is it wouldn't fit the FTW3 given length restrictions.

I think that's an apples/oranges comparison, given how much smaller the M1 is in comparison, but the lack of internal volume does necessitate compromises with regard to cooling. And you can't be mad at CaseLabs, they make a damned fine case what holds computers. I'd check to make sure you'll be good stuffing it into a carry-on, though. Bag size limits ain't what they used to be.
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