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So I've lately decided that I'm going to buy a smaller case and since the space where i keep my PC is limited (i have a z9 neo that barely fits in height) I've decided for an mATX case.
My requirements are:
- CPU cooler height of minimum 160mm (more is better)
- Price isn't a big deal as long as it's below 150-200 euros
- As small as possible, but with the ability to have fairly long GPUs
- Tempered glass (duh) and dust filters atleast in front and for PSU
- PSU shroud and preferably good airflow (front opened)
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My top picks right now are the define c mini (flaw: front io is connected to the panel) and the h400/h400i (flaw: is quite big for mATX)
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As small as possible? Why not a mini ITX?

Image result for NZXT H200i

That is a beautiful case.

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3 hours ago, SupaKomputa said:

As small as possible? Why not a mini ITX?

That is a beautiful case.

Because ITX components are extremely overpriced for what you get.


@eatingdonuts what are the size restrictions? I would suggest some kind of cube case, but bit hard to do so without knowing how much space you have. One option might also be Q300L with its somewhat modular IO design and pretty good airflow capability. 159mm clearance is an issue, but it might just fit?

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4 hours ago, SupaKomputa said:

As small as possible? Why not a mini ITX?

Image result for NZXT H200i

That is a beautiful case.

as small as possible but still mATX, i have an matx mobo right now and also matx gives you more room for whatever you need, ITX is too small for me and full ATX a bit too big

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1 hour ago, Quadriplegic said:

Because ITX components are extremely overpriced for what you get.


@eatingdonuts what are the size restrictions? I would suggest some kind of cube case, but bit hard to do so without knowing how much space you have. One option might also be Q300L with its somewhat modular IO design and pretty good airflow capability. 159mm clearance is an issue, but it might just fit?

id preferably like a standard design and a cube case wouldnt fit o my shelf (25cm in width). Ive seen the q300l but 8i dont think thta has a tempered glass panel think its just plastic made to look like TG.

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Image result for bitfenix prodigy matx

BitFenix Prodigy Matx. Very efficient design.
A close to cube case, examine the placement of the PSU to save some space.

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3 hours ago, SupaKomputa said:

Image result for bitfenix prodigy matx

BitFenix Prodigy Matx. Very efficient design.
A close to cube case, examine the placement of the PSU to save some space.

Problem i see here for me is air cooling, how does this case manage air cooling and airflow and gpu and cpu temps in general, otherwise its a good looking case

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I ALMOST got this case, decided last second to save a buck and needed/wanted the extra expansion slots

 

Corsair Crystal Series 280X

 

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I second the Q300L

 

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You are requiring a 160mm CPU cooler clearance, so I think the best and biggest air cooler you can put in this case is the Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT (158.6mm) but Thermalright state it as 159mm

My system specs:

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CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K, 5GHz Delidded LM || CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14S w/ NF-A15 & NF-A14 Chromax fans in push-pull cofiguration || Motherboard: MSI Z370i Gaming Pro Carbon AC || RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2x8Gb 2666 || GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6Gb FTW2+ DT || Storage: Samsung 860 Evo M.2 SATA SSD 250Gb, 2x 2.5" HDDs 1Tb & 500Gb || ODD: 9mm Slim DVD RW || PSU: Corsair SF600 80+ Platinum || Case: Cougar QBX + 1x Noctua NF-R8 front intake + 2x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC top exhaust + Cougar stock 92mm DC fan rear exhaust || Monitor: ASUS VG248QE || Keyboard: Ducky One 2 Mini Cherry MX Red || Mouse: Logitech G703 || Audio: Corsair HS70 Wireless || Other: XBox One S Controler

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12 hours ago, SupaKomputa said:

Image result for bitfenix prodigy matx

BitFenix Prodigy Matx. Very efficient design.
A close to cube case, examine the placement of the PSU to save some space.

 

8 hours ago, eatingdonuts said:

Problem i see here for me is air cooling, how does this case manage air cooling and airflow and gpu and cpu temps in general, otherwise its a good looking case

Not a problem at all. I have the Phenom M which is the same case but different exterior panels and it can fit tons of fans. I would actually recommend the Phenom over the Prodigy because it completely gets rid of the unnecessary 5.25" bay and has room for 120x20mm fans inside the top panel. The Q300L is a fantastic case as well but the Phenom M occupies a smaller space.

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Nice case, but you should flip the bottom fan outwards, so it can create a negative pressure inside.

Let the center fan supply the fresh air, its enough.

If you have 3 inwards but only 2 outwards from the AIO, the pocket of hot air would be just circulating inside.

 

Getting myself a micro case for my next build.

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2 hours ago, NuclearPenske7 said:

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I think the GPU and the radiator will fight each other for air

My system specs:

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CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K, 5GHz Delidded LM || CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14S w/ NF-A15 & NF-A14 Chromax fans in push-pull cofiguration || Motherboard: MSI Z370i Gaming Pro Carbon AC || RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2x8Gb 2666 || GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6Gb FTW2+ DT || Storage: Samsung 860 Evo M.2 SATA SSD 250Gb, 2x 2.5" HDDs 1Tb & 500Gb || ODD: 9mm Slim DVD RW || PSU: Corsair SF600 80+ Platinum || Case: Cougar QBX + 1x Noctua NF-R8 front intake + 2x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC top exhaust + Cougar stock 92mm DC fan rear exhaust || Monitor: ASUS VG248QE || Keyboard: Ducky One 2 Mini Cherry MX Red || Mouse: Logitech G703 || Audio: Corsair HS70 Wireless || Other: XBox One S Controler

My build logs:

 

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