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Gaming Desktop to S.F.F Conversion

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by markk33nan, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. markk33nan


    Joined: Nov 19, 2014

    Posts: 86

    Location: Northern Ireland


    Im looking help, advice and recommendations on feasibility of converting my current gaming grade desktop pc into a Small Form Factor (S.F.F)

    The reason: Life goes on, ive a one year old, with another on the way, i used to have a small office i could retire too but we needed the space and ive been pushed into attic space which is becoming a hassle as using ladder and cold in winter. (Will be converting attic at some stage with staircase proper office again)

    The Idea: Due to its small size, it could be either stored out of the way, perhaps find a home in or behind tv/unit. portabilty could setup in kitchen, living room, bedroom or attic as needed, semi-permant location.

    Existing Spec: At the moment i have the following setup:

    Intel i7 4790K 4.0Ghz | Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK | 2x KFA2 GeForce GTX 980 SOC - SLI | Avexir Core Red Series 16GB 2666Mhz | White Corsair Carbide 500R | Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 27" G-Sync 144Hz | Corsair Hydro H110i GT

    The motherboard is due to be upgraded under the Gigibyte 2 for 1 Black Edition Deal, which would also mean an upgrade to CPU Coffee Lake, and DDR4 Ram.

    Can you jam pack that into a S.F.F case, heat effects, noise level etc?

    Many Thanks!
  2. samcat


    Joined: Nov 8, 2002

    Posts: 2,889

    Location: Near Bristol, Uk

    Are you happy to game with one GPU?
    If so, downsize by selling the case, a GPU, the motherboard and the PSU, invest in an ITX board, SFF PSU and build into an NCASE m1/ Ghost / Node 202 or similar.

    If one 980 isnt powerful enough, sell both and invest in a single GPU upgrade... The drop in bitcoin value recently will scare some miners into selling kit, starting to see a glut of GPU's already in the members market on here already.. Second hand bargains are usually a good bet!

    Another option is to try and find space for a small desk, wall mount the monitor and (for now) put up with being a bit cramped.. Doubly so if you are going to get a loft office at some point.
  3. Edward78


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 5,189

    Silverstone Rvz03
    Why do the companinies the make these cases never put the PSU on the side of the psu, in the back corner opposite the GPU??? PSUs in the front are strange IMO... SFX-L are Dimension125 mm (W) x 63.5 mm (H) x 130 mm (D) 4.92" (W) x 2.5" (H) x 5.12" (D),,, 2.5 is nothing to add to a small case...
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018