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Recommending a very specific case

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Jay85, 11 Oct 2021 at 23:52.

  1. Jay85

    Soldato

    Joined: 22 May 2010

    Posts: 7,176

    So i have the core components now for my dads ITX build retiring his old 3770k finally.

    I have:
    • Asus Ryujin 240mm AIO with Noctua industrial PPC black 120mm fans
    • B550i itx motherboard,
    • AMD 3700x
    • 16gb of corsair LPX 3200mhz ram.
    • Corsair SF600 platinum
    • 4TB 3.5 HDD
    • 1TB 2.5 SSD
    • a dual slot GTX 970 (it's a short card, i can't remember specifics as its still in my dads rig which i plan on reusing)

    I am looking for a ITX case that can house of all this, preferably windowed but i can compromise.

    Any recommendations, i've looked at the NR200 and P versions which seems to tick all the boxes but i wanna see what you guys can recommend as well. My only concern with the NR200(P) is mounting the radiator at the bottom might cause issues in the future for the AIO?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: 12 Oct 2021 at 00:23
  2. Kurgen

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Apr 2015

    Posts: 3,470

    Location: Hungerford, UK, Earth

    im pretty sure this can be reconfigured to ITX format my moveing the backplane slots, allowing a 240mm radiator in the roof

    3 EXPANSION SLOTS
    Lastly, the back panel can be configured with three expansion slots. This will support a Mini-ITX motherboard. There is still flexibility with cooling, though. You can have:

    • Roof: a 360mm or 280mm radiator, up to 100mm thick
    • Bottom: a 360mm or 280mm radiator, up to 75mm thick, or 3 x 140mm fans
    It should be noted that side panel cooling cannot be mounted with three expansion slots.

    Using three slots is ideal for making the most of the natural airflow.

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £113.09 (includes shipping: £11.10)
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  3. McPhee

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Apr 2009

    Posts: 7,194

    I think you're going to need to find a compromise somewhere.

    Lian Li Q58 can't do a 240mm AIO with a 3.5" drive.
    Meshlicious can only take 3.5" drives if you use a short GPU (would have to be very short to have space for the AIO as well).
    NR200P only supports 3.5" drives with very short graphics cards in vertical GPU config.

    Personally, I would go with the NR200P and ditch the AIO for one of the many decent air coolers which the case can take. Then you can have the tempered glass side on, and a 3.5" drive mounted on the PSU shroud.
     
    Last edited: 13 Oct 2021 at 21:06
  4. Jay85

    Soldato

    Joined: 22 May 2010

    Posts: 7,176

    I would ditch the AIO but since i basically got it for peanuts it would be a shame not use it. I managed to snag a GTX 1050 2gb D5 gpu for £100 which is 17.2cm long! It should fit perfectly in the space horizontal behind the motherboard.

    I'll find out tonight when i get in and try and fit the gpu.

    The 3.5" 4TB drive arrived as well so i can get that installed.

    I considered all the cases and those you mentioned too but in the end i went with the Meshlicious which seemed to work the best. Struggling to hide and push the AIO tubing safely to one side so moved the fans pull instead of push sandwiched between the AIO and the Case frame.
     
  5. McPhee

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Apr 2009

    Posts: 7,194

    172mm GPU will do the job indeed :p That's shorter than the board, isn't it?
     
  6. Jay85

    Soldato

    Joined: 22 May 2010

    Posts: 7,176

    Lmao yeah it is, i just had to check haha!
     
  7. Jay85

    Soldato

    Joined: 22 May 2010

    Posts: 7,176

    Final result!

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    Last edited: 14 Oct 2021 at 23:23
  8. Quartz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Apr 2014

    Posts: 13,927

    Location: Aberdeen

    Kolink Citadel Mesh should work just fine. Yes it’s a MATX case but its a small one.