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(In Your Opinion) Most beautiful small computer case?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Something in the ITX range (or so, I'm open)

I'm looking to build a new computer for fun and I'd like a really nice case.

Requirements for the system:

 

Intel Xeon CPU (assuming I can find a SFF compatible board)

no CD-Rom required

Will use SSD, so no 3.5" mount needed

Not really gaming on the system, but given the choice of a Xeon, will need some kind of card, probably modest nVidia one.

 

So, what kind of case do you find to be a work of art?

 

(EDITED: typos)


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3 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

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Personal favorites: Ncase M1, Dan Case A4, Circle Pro, Mjolnir (not available yet)

Runner ups: Phanteks Shift

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6 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

Something in the ITX range (or so, I'm open)

I'm looking to build a new computer for fun and I'd like a really nice case.

Requirements for the system:

 

Intel Xeon CPU (assuming I can find a SFF compatible board)

no CD-Rom required

Will use SSD, so no 3.5" mount needed

Not really gaming on the system, but given the choice of a Xeon, will need some kind of card, probably modest nVidia one.

 

So, what kind of case do you find to be a work of art?

My favorite by far. 

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Fractal Design Node 202.

 

Allows for 2 slot GPUs and has a overall very small footprint. 

 

Its one of my go to cases for small builds. 

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Beauty in simplicity


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10 minutes ago, For Science! said:

Runner ups: Phanteks Shift

That is seriously beautiful!

 


So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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2 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

That is seriously beautiful!

 

Looks very nice, but actually not that small, and also hard to do watercooling in it in a pretty way due to the internal pillar. I think the space inside cannot be used so efficiently so that's why its a runner up for me. But agreed, beautiful (also relatively cheap compared to the other low volume SFF cases).

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Always felt intrigued by the Fractal Design Node 304


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1 minute ago, vojta.pokorny said:

Fractal Design Node 304

Reminds me of the old Shuttle XPC systems I used to own.

Those were great systems for the time.


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Corsair 1000D. Quite a small case


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I'll always love the simplicity of the NCASE M1. Small, yet minimal compromises.


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IMO the most beautiful case for a small computer is still a HAF X, but it's getting hard to find those. 

 

Otherwise I'd point out the Fractal Define Mini, Define Mini C or Define Nano S, depending on the motherboard you plan to use. 

The Meshify C Mini is also an option.

 

Not sure what lesser brands have to offer.

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For the "most beautiful" small case in my opinion as you asked, is the Ncase M1.

The other SFF exterior designs are boring plain box despite their interior are well designed.

 

The M1 offers a little more profiles on the front panel than the other plain box, wich makes M1 beautiful, and it has feet, swapping the feet with the chrome ones makes it look more beautiful.


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I like the Thermaltake Core P1. I would never get one because I'm not sure how practical open frame cases are. But they are pretty to look at. 

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