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Hey guys, like the title says, I'd like to know which case would be best for my mATX rig. It's going to be my main rig, and will be including my 6970 video card so supported video card length is an important factor. Another really important factor is the size of the cpu-cooler that I will be able to use. My motherboard will be an asus rampage II gene, and I'm worried about RAM clearance, as well as cooler height in the case. I plan on overclocking my cpu, so the cooler will need to be adequate as well.

I really wanted a Lian Li a04a, but the cooler size is really bothering me, seeing as how the a04 is fairly narrow. Another guy on here built his sandy bridge setup with a Noctua nh-u9b cooler in an a04 case, but will heat be a problem with the 1366 chips?

Now I'm seeing the Antec mini P180 as a good option. It looks like it can fit large coolers and all that jazz. Just wondering if there are some other really good options out there right now too that I may not know about.
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post #2 of 31
The p180 is near ATX size, if you're going that route you may as well buy an ATX case for future upgrades.
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When are the mATX fractals going to be available to NA?
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post #4 of 31
I just did a build for a friend that was based around the NZXT Vulcan, and I have to say, the case looked very good. If you're someone who attends LAN parties, I'd suggest that. It even comes with a handle!
    
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Budget?
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post #6 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hysteria~ View Post
I just did a build for a friend that was based around the NZXT Vulcan, and I have to say, the case looked very good. If you're someone who attends LAN parties, I'd suggest that. It even comes with a handle!
Agree with this statement!
I have a Vulcan, and it rocks!
    
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post #7 of 31
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Budget?
$140 would probably be the absolute max.
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post #8 of 31
u can get the lian li and use an h50 or something like that instead
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post #9 of 31

I am trying to wait for the Silverstone TJ08-E. I would also look into the Fractal Arc Mini.

http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=59
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post #10 of 31
As long as you dont plan on using sli/crossfire with the Fractal Design mATX cases you will be ok. 155mm is the max hight for the heatsink in the Lian Li A04 so its gonna be hard finding a tower cooler with good performance to fit in it. I know my chip does pretty well, 4.6ghz at 1.352v it sits around 63c when folding and when running AVX IBT it tops out at 79c. You can fit an H50 or an H70 (not sure if you can still use both fans though) so those are an option.
 
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