View Full Version : SFF gaming rig this day and age, am I crazy?

05-15-09, 08:43 PM
Hey all. So, I'm getting sick of lugging this 30lb steel case around. I'm sitting here looking at my friend's SFF box (not for gaming, or else I'd ask him what he recommends. ;)) in absolute awe. I remember wanting one of those Falcon-NW Fragboxes a while back.

So, my question. With current hardware heat generation, size and PSU capacities, is it at all realistic to expect to be able to build a gaming PC and shove it into say...this case?


I want to build something that's definitely a large upgrade over what I have in my signature, but since I'm not going to spend much, I know it wont be bleeding edge. For reference, the most graphically intense game I play is definitely Everquest 2. Soon to be CoD4. :P So, mostly modest...

I will be buying a 24" monitor at some point, so I guess less modest if you consider the resolutions that's capable of.

So yeah, am I crazy? If not, any advice for getting the most out of (or into!) a case this small would be great. Thanks!

05-15-09, 08:49 PM
Not sure if it is lianli or silverstone that makes an ITX case built to house a 9800 :)

It can be done. Not going to get any smaller than ITX for gmaing, without spending 1500-2000 on a desktop replacement laptop

sugo itx case (http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_contents.php?pno=SG05&area=)

Another LianLi case that is even bigger, but still small (http://www.slashgear.com/lian-li-unveils-pc-q07-mini-itx-case-with-full-atx-psu-1234014/)

05-15-09, 09:17 PM
first thing that comes to mind is Zotac's socket 775 board with a full pcie 16x slot


a lil more practical is something like a DFI's p45 matx board


sgot 2 pcie 16x slots u could do some crosfire action on if you wanted or a high end nvidia card.

as far as cases i have no clue.

05-17-09, 07:01 PM
this is the case you are looking for
i have 1 myself ( it can handle a 12 inch long card )
but i do recommend that you source a video card that has it`s own power supply
they are made but not easily sourced
2 cdrom bays
1 floppy bay ( could be used for 2nd hdd )
1 hard drive bay
300 watt power supply
i will be looking at that zotac 775 mobo with eagerness