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I really, really like this case. Why? First off it looks Military in a simple, functional Black Stealthy way. It has Steel and Mesh.
It buids on the weakness of the 120 being shorter and getting rid of the welded in hard drive cage. It is also built for water cooling in the front and has plenty of built in storage. I love the CoolerMaster haf Xb and this is like a mini travel version. What is missing from almost all mini itx cases in this class is a 5.25 cage. Why is this important? Not for optical but to add a fan controller, or led controller etc. That is what is going to set my case off. I am going to add a military style fan controller with toggles on the front. It will also have built in Leds to make this like a Special Forces type of look and authentic. I am going for a completely clean install of mil spec components.
1. Corsair Vengeance Dominator 2x8 1866
1. Crucial 480 ssd
1. Msi Gtx 770 mil spec video card
1. Msi mini Itx mil spec board z87
1. Seasonic Gold 660 modular
1. commanche military fan controller
1. not sure I am going to go water cooling or air.

I also plan to take out the side mounted hard drive cage

This is going to be a superclean build with cable management and only using the minimum cables needed with the modular power supply.
Also aim is to get as fast a boot time as possible using Windows 8



 

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Few issues with the op. First, the 120's cage HDD bay is not welded in, its a standard rivet. It took me 5 minute to drill out the rivets and remove the bay from the 120. Its stupid easy...

Also, the fan controller just will fit just fine in the drive bay of the 120... I've got the scythe fan xoltroller in mine, only hassle is the fact of how many cables are in the case...its nuts.
 

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Everything is better than the prodigy which isn't even really a SFF case. If I hadn't jumped on the NCASE M1 I'd be considering this case. good luck OP
 

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Once the Elite 130 is available, I am planning to do this build.

Mobo: 1x Asus Z87I-Deluxe LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Mini ITX Motherboard - Asus
CPU: 1x Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K - Intel
Memory: 1x Corsair Vengeance LP Blue 16 GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory CML16GX3M2A1600C10B - Corsair
SSD: 1x Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW - Samsung
HDD 2x Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 - Seagate
PSU: 1x Seasonic 660W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-660 SS-660KM
Video 1x EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR) - EVGA
Case: 1x Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support - Coolermaster
CPU Fan: 1x Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-GMM4-16PK-R2) - Cooler Master
Case Fan:1x Cooler Master 120mm R4 Computer Case Fan (R4-C2R-20AC-GP) - Cooler Master

Bay Adapter: 1x Chenbro 1x ODD Bay to 1x Slim ODD Bay and 1x Internal 3.5-Inch HDD/FDD Bay Cage SK41202 - Chenbro
ODD: 1x Panasonic UJ260 6x Blu-ray Burner BD-RE/8x DVD±RW DL SATA Drive (Black) - Panasonic
ODD Power: 1x StarTech.com Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter with Power(SLSATAADAP) - STARTECH.COM
Memory Card: 1x Rosewill 40-In-1 USB 2.0 3.5-Inch Internal Card Reader with USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate (RCR-IC001) - Rosewill
 

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Originally Posted by Cakewalk_S View Post

Few issues with the op. First, the 120's cage HDD bay is not welded in, its a standard rivet. It took me 5 minute to drill out the rivets and remove the bay from the 120. Its stupid easy...

Also, the fan controller just will fit just fine in the drive bay of the 120... I've got the scythe fan xoltroller in mine, only hassle is the fact of how many cables are in the case...its nuts.
First of all, first post.
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Now to my question, do you still have the elite 120?
If yes, is it possible to add a 120 mm radiator + fan, like a cooler master seidon 120 or a antec kuhler 620/920.
I got all of these liquid coolers and was deciding whether getting a 120 or 130. Since I've seen that the 130 officially supports a 120 mm radiator+fan like the coolermaster seidon 120.

But currently the price difference is ~$20 between the 120 ($27 shipped+tax) and 130 ($47 amazon after tax) for me.
 

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Don't go with air cooling, there is no space for a good air tower cooler since the PSU will be directly on top of the motherboard socket. Since you got a Z87 mitx, might as well go for a slight overclock like 4.4 or 4.5 Ghz with a K series intel CPU. Go for a Extra thick radiator for extra performance. I personally recommend a custom loop using a 5.25 inch bay res. Like this one: http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=15345
An Alphacool monsta 120mm would be more than enough for just CPU cooling.
Some primoflex LTR tubing would be perfect for small cases
A Pump+CPU block combo would be sweet. (Apogee Drive 2):http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=16303
The pump is a MCP35X with PWM function. It is a very strong pump with good efficiency. A bit on the loud side though.
Monsta 120mm: http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=15964
Grab two SP120s from Corsair for fans and you're good to go.
This is probally the best possible watercooling you will ever get in the Elite 130. The Alphacool Monsta is just as good as any 30mm thick 240 radiator.
 

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i'm considering shift from Prodigy to this 130 Advance..
what really comes in mind about cable management... and airflow.... i'm intending to use high end gc...
will the space suffice to tame the heat for such a beasty gc 7970 onwards
 

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Once the Elite 130 is available, I am planning to do this build.

Mobo: 1x Asus Z87I-Deluxe LGA 1150 Intel Z87 Mini ITX Motherboard - Asus
CPU: 1x Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.5 GHZ 8 MB Cache BX80646I74770K - Intel
Memory: 1x Corsair Vengeance LP Blue 16 GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory CML16GX3M2A1600C10B - Corsair
SSD: 1x Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW - Samsung
HDD 2x Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 - Seagate
PSU: 1x Seasonic 660W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-660 SS-660KM
Video 1x EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACX Cooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready Graphics Cards (02G-P4-2774-KR) - EVGA
Case: 1x Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini-ITX Computer Case with Mesh Front Panel and Water Cooling Support - Coolermaster
CPU Fan: 1x Cooler Master GeminII M4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-GMM4-16PK-R2) - Cooler Master
Case Fan:1x Cooler Master 120mm R4 Computer Case Fan (R4-C2R-20AC-GP) - Cooler Master

Bay Adapter: 1x Chenbro 1x ODD Bay to 1x Slim ODD Bay and 1x Internal 3.5-Inch HDD/FDD Bay Cage SK41202 - Chenbro
ODD: 1x Panasonic UJ260 6x Blu-ray Burner BD-RE/8x DVD±RW DL SATA Drive (Black) - Panasonic
ODD Power: 1x StarTech.com Slimline SATA to SATA Adapter with Power(SLSATAADAP) - STARTECH.COM
Memory Card: 1x Rosewill 40-In-1 USB 2.0 3.5-Inch Internal Card Reader with USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate (RCR-IC001) - Rosewill
Caldito, did you have an opportunity to build that PC and test the temperatures?

I'm thinking of building a similar computer - 4770k, GTX 760 and the Cooler Master 130 - but I'm worried about the temperatures. If you've built it, how are the temperatures?
 

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I just swapped my Bitfenix Prodigy for the Cooler Master Elite 130 and i am much happier. Not only is it about half the volume size, but it accommodates everything i want, including a 120mm water radiator, out of the box. Picked it up for £33.65 from Scan.co.uk, amazing price for what you get, i was planning a few mods but thus far thats just been replacing the feet and installing some cold cathodes. Is there an official Elite 110/120/130 club yet?

Edit: There is a club now Cooler Master Elite ITX Case Owners Club
 

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