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I know it wouldn't be given that much thought over in the normal news section, and as having a mini-itx case, I know how hard it is to find the "perfect" one. So here you guys go.

Mod, I hope this is okay since I believe here it would be given a greater discussion (if there should be one at all.)

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Well, sure thing for me, I'd either get the Q08 or the SG05. Anyway, talking about the perfect SFF case, mine would have to have cable management and support for watercooling.

When you want to fit a lot of hardware into a tiny case without any big compromises, the case should provide some creative internal layout. Too bad that Lian Li just sticks to one internal layout and applies it to almost all of their cases. That's why I dislike their SFF cases and adore the new FT03.

Just my .
    
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We all know that the Sugo is the ultimate case At some point I'll heavily mod mine
    
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We all know that the Sugo is the ultimate case At some point I'll heavily mod mine
I was eyeing the sugo, but I went with the Q08 b/c of the USB3. Maybe in another rendition the sugo will have USB3.
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I was eyeing the sugo, but I went with the Q08 b/c of the USB3. Maybe in another rendition the sugo will have USB3.
When cases are this small, it is irrelevant to me which side of the case supports USB3. I'll pull it from my H55N if need be
    
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Interesting. The Luxa and Chieftec are "new" to me (though I usually don't pay attention to strictly HTPC cases like the Luxa).

They need more pics, so that I can get a better idea of the layout of each chassis.

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Anyway, talking about the perfect SFF case, mine would have to have cable management and support for watercooling.

When you want to fit a lot of hardware into a tiny case
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Just my .
My is that what you describe is not the "perfect SFF case," but the "perfect SSF case for 4Brand." One-size certainly does NOT fit all, especially me. In fact, I need several distinct cases to fulfill my needs.

My perfect HTPC case would be tall enough to fit normal sized expansion cards and exactly as wide as my home theater receiver, BUT no deeper than that receiver. Also, it would need to use normal ATX PSUs and mATX mobos. For instance the Luxa case that THG reviewed would not be ideal for me, but the Silverstone Grandia GD05 would be.

However, I would not want such a case for my main rig (normal ATX tower is fine), nor for my LAN party rig (some kind of mini ITX box).
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My is that what you describe is not the "perfect SFF case," but the "perfect SSF case for 4Brand." One-size certainly does NOT fit all, especially me. In fact, I need several distinct cases to fulfill my needs.
i guess you missed the part where he says "mine", as in his version of the perfect SFF case

anyway, the sugo looks the best of the bunch. will most likely pick one up for an HTPC when i get a new tv.
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Yeah, and the SG05/SG06 can be internally modded to fit full blown WC setups (CPU+GPU, not a dinky little H50 ).

Though I'm kinda suprised they didn't include the SG07... I'd have to say, it's not much bigger than my SG06 (it's longer, though).
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i guess you missed the part where he says "mine", as in his version of the perfect SFF case
DOH! Reading comprehension FTL.
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