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The plan: A water-cooled small form factor (SFF) microATX (mATX/uATX) gaming build able to drive triple-monitor Nvidia Surround/AMD Eyefinity resolutions.

The proposed hardware:
Mobo: microATX Intel P67 chipset
CPU: LGA 1155 i7 or i5 (water-cooled)
GPU: Dual-slot or SLI/Crossfire (water-cooled)
RAM: DDR3 dual-channel CAS6
Storage: SSD (not water-cooled, LOL!)
Sound Card: Headphones-friendly
Displays: Three widescreen (of course), no larger than 20", this will be a 'mobile' Nvidia Surround/AMD Eyefinity build able to be packed in a compact way for travel (LAN parties, vacations, family visits, business, etc).

What I need help with: Finding a Small Form Factor case capable of handling a water cooling setup and the proposed hardware within the case, if possible. I have three cases in mind already, which I will mod to fit the radiators and fans, if needed. I am leaning toward the Arc Mini:


Fractal Design Arc Mini



NZXT Vulcan



LIAN LI PC-A04B

Edited by UrbanSmooth - 4/10/11 at 5:52pm
    
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I helped a friend out with a build based around the NZXT Vulcan, it's a great case! But what it really comes down to between both the cases that you listed is Portability vs Sleekness. Since you said that you would like to be taking it places, I would HIGHLY recommend the Vulcan. The handle is just so convenient, and will save you a lot of hassle when carrying it around.
    
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Yeah, the handle is nice, but, it may get in the way of the top radiator and fan setup.
    
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Lo and behold, I have possibly found the case that will be used for this build. Ladies and gentlemen, Fractal Design's Arc Mini.
    
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None of those cases are SFF. They are mini-tower cases.
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None of those cases are SFF. They are mini-tower cases.
After much research, I agree.
Edited by UrbanSmooth - 6/4/11 at 8:45pm
    
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I have been looking for a mATX case for a while now and the only ones I like are the Fractal Design Arc Mini and the new Silverstone TJ08-E. I would buy either of those now but I can't find the Arc Mini and the TJ08-e is not out yet.
Edited by Ragsters - 3/18/11 at 8:46pm
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Arc Mini is still in the lead here.
    
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Arc Mini is still in the lead here.
Yeah but where are you planning on buying it from?
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Funny that wiki link actually directly refutes your statement: "SFF originally referred to systems smaller than the Micro-ATX. The term SFF is used in contrast with terms for larger systems such as "mini-towers" and "desktops." (emphasis added)

Actually, the most 'official' definition is the one used by Intel, which can be found in this PDF at formfactors.org. Here's a screencap of the relevant bit:




The cases you're considering are 2-3 times the size of a true SFF.


Arguing definitions is lame, but so is abusing terms to the point of meaninglessness.
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