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6 hours ago, Malaphax said:

This is why we need roe vs wade

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Riser cables/adapters always scare me a little bit but plenty of people use them and overall that case looks decent.

I would probably reverse the top fans though from what they are showing so they are intakes to take full advantage of the dust filter up there and there is lots of exhaust with those semi-open sides.

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I have some personal issues with risers and vertical mounted GPUs but mostly because of the thermal performance taking a nosedive when you mount a GPU like that.  At least this particular setup has the GPU segregated from the CPU/RAM so hopefully some of the cool air flows directly to that side of the case.

I think this is another design that could benefit from a simple steel side panel with vents to allow intake for the GPU.  Bonus points if they managed to put a dust cover on the side panel. 

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Factal's Core 500 may be ugly, and 2 slots won't be enough for the next gen of GPUs, but it's still one of the few small box style cases that checks all feature boxes I want.

http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/core-series/core-500

  • Fit's a 240 AIO cpu cooler and is mounted above the motherboard so it blows on VRM that may get hot
  • Dust filters on every intake
  • Open vents right by the GPU area
  • Fits ATX power supply (although STX or STX-L is probably a good idea)
  • No pointle$$ lighting
  • Correctly priced: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352060

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The modular design is really nice, they'll supposedly be releasing a slightly more premium version the Q500P sometime later this year.  It's an impressive design with some limiting factors for GPU/PSU length but it's one of the smallest ATX cases I've seen which is a nice trend. 

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