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Old August 31, 2018, 03:01 PM
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what are your favorite mITX cases? I like small cases and think I will buy the Asrock Z370 Gaming ITX/ac and eventually an RTX 2060 or 2070.

I don't want LED's or windows, but will obviously need room for an SFX PSU to power the parts I intend to use.

I've always loved the Define S Nano...just wish it was a bit smaller.
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Old August 31, 2018, 03:34 PM
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Silverstone SG13 with front mesh? Fractal Core 500? Corsair 250D? The only ITX system I got use a Cubitek Mini Cube and I'm kind of scare of using it as a i7-3770K w/ GTX 960 Hackintosh.
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Old August 31, 2018, 08:23 PM
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Corsair 250D, Corsair 380T.https://youtu.be/II5RvlDGh9s?t=96
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Old September 1, 2018, 05:26 AM
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what are your favorite mITX cases? I like small cases and think I will buy the Asrock Z370 Gaming ITX/ac and eventually an RTX 2060 or 2070.

I don't want LED's or windows, but will obviously need room for an SFX PSU to power the parts I intend to use.

I've always loved the Define S Nano...just wish it was a bit smaller.
It depends which size and style you want, imho.

I've considered an mITX build for a while. I dunno, though, because those who have done it complain about the challenge of keeping temps down and potentially, noise - you usually have less options for fans, too. I guess the noise problem is not due to lower amount of fans but the fact it needs to run at a higher speed to cool down everything? Hopefully, the mITX builders can comment here?

I read some opinions that the SG 13 is becoming a bit outdated. I like that one - it's small, but there are some nice itx cases now.

The Raijintek Metis Plus is an intriguing case? Also, if you like the 'small box' style, the Thermaltake Core V1 is pretty good.

Otherwise, the other style are those Silverstone and Fractal Design Node 'book end' case style ones. :) I don't know what to call them but they are a totally different set of challenges, I think.

All of them require major planning with the video card, though - as the length is limited.
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Went live with my new htpc this week (did not post any pics / log yet).

I used the SG13, I like it, lot of space in a small box. Indeed, the challenge of keeping down temp / noise is there. I had to enable tcdp 35w on my 2400g to keep temp / noise down on the NH-L9a-AM4.

However, it run circles around my old atom 330 htpc. The vega 11 gpu is really strong. You always say : No way this game gonna run at 1080p low/medium details. It does.
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I watched a build video on YT using a Lazer3D LZ7. My goodness, how the heck can they claim that the case got good airflow when half the (only) 140mm fan is blocked by the SFX PSU and then further obstructed by the cables?! If you want to put in higher power components without the length restrictions and great airflow, you end up with cases that's almost as big as a MATX case.
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I'm a sucker for the Jonsbo U1 Plus. Conventional tower in the smallest shape possible that barely fits the Zotac mini series (which goes up to 1080 ti), SFX PSU and no HDD mounts. Now if only they'd make a revision with a front USB C.

The depth of the case is so narrow, a Noctua NH-U9S with a dual fan setup can have it's cooler do double duty as intake and exhaust fan. I missed out on last gen cards due to RAM and video card prices so I'm keeping an eye for any new mini card with a proper dual fan setup, but no I didn't build one yet with the Jonsbo U1 Plus.

Been following a build by Wiretap on another forum; I'm posting this to show that a proper dual fan video card can fit.
https://www.overclock.net/forum/161-...s-club-68.html
https://www.overclock.net/forum/161-...s-club-77.html

And a couple of reviews from Chiphell;

https://www.chiphell.com/thread-1686335-1-1.html
https://www.chiphell.com/article-17572-6.html
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The Jonsbo U1 looks very nice but when I looked at the cooling setup, I question how well it will do. Single 80mm in the rear with only single front side slit opening and bottom opening big enough for a slim 120mm but not holes to mount it. If they designed it similar to NZXT's H200 where you get a front fan sucking air from front side openings, I would feel safer putting in higher power components in it.
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