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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    So my motherboard came with RGB backlighting, and I didn’t think it would matter because there is no glass panel, but after I saw it, I liked it, and was happy that I also got RGB ram.
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    12L SFF mATX case from over a decade ago, the Vinster M@X

    I agree, there should be something just like this from case manufacturers. With the 1U power supply on the bottom, it reminds me of the EVGA Hadron. It seems almost impossible to find a small case unless you go with mini-ITX. When I’m building computers for my friends, they all want small...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Now that I’ve been able to spend a little more time testing, I really do notice a difference! My most played game is World of Warcraft and I have noticed about a 20-30fps increase on average. This is great because my monitor is 100Hz and the FPS used to hover around the low 100s with it...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I purchased the Ryzen 5 3600 because Microcenter had it on sale for $149. Then the day after I installed it, Microcenter started a new sale on the Ryzen 5 3600X for $159, so I took the 3600 back and exchanged it for the 3600X. I also picked up the big shuriken 3 for the 3600X and didn’t even try...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    It was finally time to upgrade from my old Haswell processor, but sadly the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 doesn’t have AM4 support, so I needed to buy a new CPU cooler too. The Scythe Big Shuriken 3 fits with barely a mm or two to spare. I haven’t had much time to test thermals or noise yet, but until...
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    i5 9600k vs Ryzen 3600x with limited cooling

    I have read all kinds of comparisons between the i5 9600k and the Ryzen 3600x, but everything I read automatically assumes giant tower coolers or full custom cooling loops with infinitely large radiators with ideal overclocking conditions. Both processors have an advertised TDP, but Intel and...
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    WTB 3.5” drive cage from Ncase M1

    I want to buy the 3.5” drive cage that came with the ncase m1, or any other dive cage than can hold 2 x 3.5” hdd and attach to a 120mm fan mount like the ncase drive cage does.
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Got my 4th drive in my MI-6! I screwed some drive spacer brackets on over the drive cage and was able to attach another drive in the lower spot.
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    One of my biggest concerns before I got this case was CPU cooling. I was afraid that I would have to lose my overclock, but after using it for the past few weeks, I’m pleased to report that I can keep my overclock. The scythe big shuriken II has been keeping my i7 4770K (overclocked to 4.5GHz)...
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    The next step after Mini ITX cases?

    I really like what they did with this, and I might have even bought one of these, but I was looking for a variable refresh monitor with a higher than 60Hz refresh rate. I really hope these kinds of systems stick around. The best part of this one is that it is so good for upgrades.
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    The white version seems to be hard to come by. It even cost a few dollars more than the black, but I liked the look and I was planning on matching it with white PSU cables (until the AliExpress order fell through). Thanks for the recommendation on that fan, it’s so quiet I never hear it. I...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I was thinking that there is a lot of unused space on the GPU side, but by that time, I already had a sata cable going under instead of over. My biggest difficulty was the sata power cables that came with my power supply. The connectors are just too fat to fit the drives that are right next to...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I love it! Video card isn’t thermally throttling anymore, like it did in my old case. At Idle, I can’t hear a thing over the ambient sounds of my apartment, and the Noctua 92x14 is the most audible at load (I don’t hear it because it only ramps up when I’m playing games) Too bad I didn’t get...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Are you trying to reclaim your performance per liter title?:)
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I just finished opening a dispute on my order. It doesn’t have an option to refund the shipping cost. I’m not going to waste money on Aliexpress again either.
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Does your order’s tracking info also say shipment cancelled? I tried to contact the seller to find out what is going on, but there has been no response. I’m afraid I’m going to have to go through the refund process.
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    Custom Air Silent PC ~11L - Performance Gaming PC - ITX - RTX 2080 Ti

    I like where you are going with this, but there are a couple things that stood out to me. You have taken off one of the fans from the DarkRock TF and the TF looks like it won’t be getting any fresh air. I’m really curious if you can make an enclosure for this that will still allow it all to get...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I ordered some of those cables from Aliexpress a little over a month ago and so I decided to track the order to see how much longer until they are delivered. The original order says that if it doesn’t arrive by Jan 15, I can request a refund. When I followed the link to the tracking information...
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    Perhaps the highest performance per liter case

    This case has a very different layout than the lone industries L5 - so comparison is not valid.
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    Perhaps the highest performance per liter case

    I just realized that the mesh you were talking about is in those pictures. I thought it was just some black cloth in the pictures. I agree that there needs to be something with more structural integrity than just a screen window. What would happen if you put this case in a backpack? I’m afraid...
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    Perhaps the highest performance per liter case

    I guess I just didn’t see the mesh very well in the pictures. Mesh is a good idea, the vent hole pattern in my custom mod doesn’t do very well with my new GPU (Gigabyte GTX 1080 mini ITX). There are ways to make vent patterns work, but I think your mesh idea seems like it will be a solution that...
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    Perhaps the highest performance per liter case

    I think this might be what QuantumBraced has been wishing for. Are there any side panels for this case? If not, then it is understandable that the temps would be the same as an open air test bench, because that is basically what we have here if there are no side panels. I’m really happy to...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Thank you for posting this. It took me forever to find it again just now, it gives me a good reference to know what lengths to order. I just need to compare your motherboard power socket placements vs. mine. Also, for the SATA power cables, are you able to specify the length of cable between the...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Other than the GTX1080 version, the gigabyte cards that are pulled from the Aorus gaming boxes are exactly like the regular stand alone cards that gigabyte sells. I have never heard a Strix card in person, so I can’t compare noise levels, but I posted some results of my testing with the Aorus...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Just curious what motherboard you are using in your build. I haven’t seen too many with yellow heatsinks and SATA ports besides my motherboard. (Asus z87i Deluxe)
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    Need help finding a console like pc or mini pc or whatever they are called?

    I agree that the Fractal Design Node 202 case would be a good, less expensive way to try out small form factor computer building. I also agree that if you are not familiar with building your own computer, you really should look up some videos on YouTube. Just make sure that it is NOT the video...
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    Need help finding a console like pc or mini pc or whatever they are called?

    If you are looking for small PC cases you can build your own computer in to play video games, then check out some of the other threads in this section of the forum. The Sentry is just one of the PC cases you can find. If you are more flexible with your size or shape options, then look for the...
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I got a good deal on the gigabyte Aorus gaming box that comes with a gtx 1080 mini ITX inside it. I took it out of the gaming box and put it in my M1, but I can’t seem to keep the temps below the throttling threshold. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this because I have been extremely...
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    Bonsai - World's First Bamboo Case - 5.8L SFF Case

    Just to clarify my last comment about this case, I am happy to see another case with this layout. I think it really is in a sweet spot between size, performance, and silence, as long as it has enough ventilation and as long as they keep making high performance short graphics cards. I really like...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I hope PerformancePSU does a good job. I keep thinking about the tech everything video and it has always bothered me that he said the ventilation wasn’t good enough even though he set up the CPU cooler as exhaust.
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    Bonsai - World's First Bamboo Case - 5.8L SFF Case

    This is basically a copy of the MI-6 right? I like it except for the edges—those mesh looking pillars along the edges look ugly to me. The power button will probably be in the way of the Gigabyte GTX 1070 and 1080 mini itx cards. Does it have any internal fans like the MI-6? How many 2.5” ssd’s...
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    The 4L case: The future of gaming PCs or too much compromise required?

    So I went and looked up the specs for my CustomMOD flex mini. I got the 2nd version CASE FLEX mini 4.1L rev.2 Specs: - Volume: 3.99L (220mm x 181.5mm x 103mm) - GPU: length <175mm, height <132mm (Giga 1070 Mini and MSI 1070 Aero ITX compatible) - CPU Cooler: up to 39mm (Noctua L9i...
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    The 4L case: The future of gaming PCs or too much compromise required?

    I didn’t like the vent holes on the front of the zs-a4m the first time I saw it, but after my experience with the CustomMOD flex mini, I think that vent holes on the front are necessary. I know that the clean front panel look is popular and I like it myself, but in such a confined case, you just...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I agree that the GTX 1080 from the Aorus gaming box might be the highest performing graphics card for the MI-6 because of the 130mm fan, but after testing the card out in a somewhat similar case, I think the lack of a shroud on this GPU makes it a bit of a double edged sword. You get a more...
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    The 4L case: The future of gaming PCs or too much compromise required?

    When I got my CustomMOD flex mini case, I just filled it with some left over parts and a GTX 1050. The version I got was from the 2nd or 3rd batch and I believe it is just under 4L, with almost exactly the same dimensions as the Hutzy ca design. It has been working very well as an HTPC, but the...
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    The 4L case: The future of gaming PCs or too much compromise required?

    I have noticed a few people expressing a desire for a sub 4L case that allows for a short dual slot graphics card and miniITX motherboard, so I figured I would start this thread as a place for people to talk about it without feeling bad about hijacking some other thread. There have been a...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    Boil is right, I am using a custom mod case for my testing which has no fans at all. The lack of fans really is a much bigger drawback than I anticipated. I was sure that the GPU fan and CPU cooler fan would be able to pull in fresh air from the outside creating positive pressure to keep...
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I use the Dark Rock TF with the Asus z87i deluxe motherboard. If you face the ends of the heat pipes toward the back of the case, it comes extremely close but isn’t actually touching other than where the rubber pass-through grommets are. This way there is room for using a graphics card and also...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I ended up running my test system again with the side panel on, but the top/front panels removed and almost all the throttling ended. The concept in my test system (and the hutzy design) is that the gpu fan and cpu fan bring in fresh air and that positive pressure would force all the hot air...
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    CCD MI-6: Performance in a 6.7L MIcrotower

    I think it’s good for the panel to be close to the fan so that the fan will be able to pull air from the outside. I think the reason it overheats in my ncase is that the fan is too far from the vent holes in the bottom, so it just recirculates the hot air in the case. I don’t know if there will...
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