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Cases Case Advice Please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by j17ypr, 10 Nov 2018 at 17:06.

  1. j17ypr

    j17ypr New Member

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    Hello

    I'm looking at building a new gaming & streaming PC, to hook up in my living room to our Sony 4k TV. I would like to be able to game in 4K if possible, so I'm looking at getting the 2080 Ti graphics card. Dimensions wise, I've got 19cm in height, 36.5cm in depth, 55cm wide. This is the first HTPC gaming PC I've built, always wanted to do it but there was never really the right case to do it with, so I've always used the standard tower cases.

    I was initially going with the Phanteks Evolv Shift Mini ITX Case as I love the design of it, but having read the reviews and build guides, it seems to be a very tricky build, have issues with the riser card, as well as requiring water cooled CPU & GPU which ramps up the price. I also have a lot less time these days due to family & work for messing around with PCs & trying to work out why things aren't working, I just want to come home & know most of the time it'll be ok!

    My thoughts now are the Silverstone GD10, but I'm a bit concerned whether the cooling will be adequate in it, or the FTZ01, but again I'm a bit concerned that the build will be overly complicated or have ongoing issues due to size/riser/cooling.

    Obviously the case is going to determine which components I go with internally, I could go with a AIO water-cooled 1080 ti for the Phanteks case, but I'm thinking it would be best to go with the 2080 ti now for longevity.

    Any help is much appreciated!!
     
  2. Anfield

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  3. j17ypr

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    Thanks, I hadn't seen that case. I'm a little worried that the card will be too long mind you, its seems like it'll be a very snug fit! Whats the difference between the founders edition & the other brands? I usually go with EVGA for graphics cards.

    Does anyone have any experience with the GD10 Silverstone case? - https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=489&area=en
    I think this is still my favoured option due to it more standard parts, and the concealed power buttons etc on the front will be useful, just concerned about the cooling ability of it for high-end gaming parts.

    Thanks
     
  4. Anfield

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    Yeah that would certainly be tight as its right up to the length limit.

    The difference is that the design of the PCB and cooler is done by Nvidia for the Founders Edition, while EVGA, ASUS etc use their own cooler designs and when it comes to the PCB some use the same design as the Founders Edition while others use their own.

    The big problem is that a lot of the cards from the likes of EVGA, MSI and so on are often a bit bigger and while you have some room to spare length wise if you went with the GD10 up to 12.2" (309mm) long, width restriction-5.25" (133mm) while the Founders is 10.5” (266.74mm) x 4.556” (115.7mm), those cards from board partners often also are taller which would then make it impossible to connect the power cable.

    So in short, the selection of cards that would fit in a case less than 19cm tall like the GD10 is simply going be restricted to cards like the Founders Edition (or ones from Gigabutt, Zotac, Asus etc that fit in the same footprint).

    Cooling would likely be a concern with something as toasty as a 2080Ti in a GD10, but no matter what case you go with, within the space limitations those cooling concerns are unlikely to go away.

    That said, unlike the one I had brought up or the Phanteks the GD10 should at least be easy to build in, so the GD10 is probably the obvious choice.
     
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    If you want to go all fancy-looking the NCase M1 (https://www.sfflab.com/products/ncase_m1) is always good, but it is on the expensive side. Given the GPU you are looking at though, it doesn't seem price is a big problem!
     
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    Ah ok, thanks, I hadn't really considered the height as an issue! Would you say the founders edition from nvidia is a better option than the Gigabyte etc versions?

    For 4K gaming, is it worth going for the 2080ti over the 1080ti? Only there are a few aio 1080ti's still available on Amazon which I think would fit in the Phanteks case, although there's still the issue of the riser card I guess.

    Thanks, that does look a nice case but I need one to sit horizontal in my TV stand :sigh:
     
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    It is kind of complicated...

    For example the Gigabyte one reviewed here does cool a bit better than the Founder Edition, but... £100 extra? Not even to mention that availability is on Valve time.

    I'd say yes, for 4K you should be looking at the best GPU only as performance in 4K is still a struggle, of course if that justifies over £1K on a GPU is up to you, but personally I'd rather play at a lower resolution instead of trying to squeeze 4K out of an inferior GPU.
     

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