Need a small ITX case that can use full size video card~

Discussion in 'Cases & Cooling' started by MustangSVT, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. MustangSVT

    MustangSVT Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2000
    Messages:
    11,533
    Likes Received:
    1
    I haven't decided on the case yet but It's hard to find an ITX case that has what I'm looking for.

    I want it to have:

    1. Small for ITX mobo and doesn't have extra bulk
    2. Takes full size PCIE card (i'll be reusing hd6850 in this case)
    3. Has full clearance for a tall CPU cooler (same space as atx cases)
    4. has space for just SSD and a HDD, no extra space.
    5. no need for optical drive

    Many of the Lian Li's small cases are great, except they all place psu over the cpu area so I have to use OEM heatsink or low profile ones.

    A case like bitfenix Prodigy is nice except it almost doubles the space I am going to use and is much too large.

    I am thinking about doing a custom build in the end.

    any help?~:'(
     
  2. Loading...

    Similar Threads - small case full Forum Date
    Suggestions for a Small Case? Cases & Cooling Jan 25, 2017
    Need advice on choosing small case (that allows full size psu and gpu) Cases & Cooling Jul 11, 2012
    Small Full ATX HTPC Case Cases & Cooling Jun 1, 2012
    Small case for LANs that can accomodate full ATX + a Zalman 7700 al-cu Cases & Cooling Aug 15, 2005
    Followup on small cases but full-length PCI card Cases & Cooling Nov 14, 2002

  3. Zap

    Zap Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 1999
    Messages:
    22,378
    Likes Received:
    1
    The closest for something with more CPU cooler clearance while still being small would be the Silverstone SG07/SG08. You can't quite fit a tower cooler, but you can fit AIO liquid coolers as well as big horizontal coolers. In fact, you'll probably have more problems fitting the coolers to your motherboard without blocking the graphics card.
     
  4. MustangSVT

    MustangSVT Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2000
    Messages:
    11,533
    Likes Received:
    1
    oh wow. I didn't even think about that.... I assumed the space between cpu and pci-E would be equal. but its not, it's about half the normal atx distance!

    AH, now i'll have to get a cooler as well. Which one is the best cooler that fits itx? I feel like im jumping all over forums now..
     
  5. T_Yamamoto

    T_Yamamoto Lifer

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2011
    Messages:
    13,864
    Likes Received:
    9
    Well an AIO is awesome if you can fit it.
     
  6. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Messages:
    823
    Likes Received:
    0
    How about the Lian-Li PC-Q11. That and the Q07 are fabulous little boxes. As of late all my ITX and even mATX builds are with an AIO. There are such good options out there, that the space savings and performance simply trumps any big ass air cooler.
     
  7. Zap

    Zap Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 1999
    Messages:
    22,378
    Likes Received:
    1
    Don't think of it as "which one fits ITX." The reason is that ITX denotes a motherboard size. It has nothing to do with CPU placement on the motherboard, case size or even PSU size.

    Choose a case. Choose a motherboard. Decide on what you would like for clock speeds and noise. Then we can make recommendations if such exist, or alternatives (such as reeling back overclocks).

    Actually, how about just making a thread in General Hardware, with answers to the questions in the sticky?

    That way we know more than "which case/cooler." For instance, what space do you need to fill. What noise profile? What budget? Are you willing to mod? What will you be using your computer for?
     
  8. Bender316

    Bender316 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2005
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
  9. Amnesia1187

    Amnesia1187 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    0
    What about the Fractal Design Node 304?
     
  10. lehtv

    lehtv Elite Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    11,870
    Likes Received:
    68
  11. Eureka

    Eureka Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    3,828
    Likes Received:
    0
    Silverstone Sugo series.
     
  12. philipma1957

    philipma1957 Golden Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2012
    Messages:
    1,712
    Likes Received:
    0
    don't rush to buy. give me a minute to post this build in a coolermaster elite 120 I made 3 of them.





    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2268192&highlight=



    this thread shows one of the three builds