[SOLVED] most compact case for my computer?

PanicMaster85

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My specs will be as follows:

ryzen 3900
amd 580 sapphire
gtx 1060
2 x NVMe ssd
1 x ssd
1 x hdd

Compact and portable design is very important to me, and I don't mind installing water cooling if that would make it smaller. Or really sacrificing anything for that matter.
 
Fractal design mini g is also a possibility.

https://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-Focus-Computer-Window/dp/B072PVMWSD/ref=mp_s_a_1_57?dchild=1&keywords=matx+case&qid=1595171107&sr=8-57

If you want portability you might have to drill holes into the solid lid and attach a kitchen door handle and secure it with wide fender washers. You don't want to get a cheap tower because the weight will cause the top panel to bend.

Also Silverstone sg13
https://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Computer-Front-Panel-SG13B/dp/B00U8IS89E/ref=mp_s_a_1_48?dchild=1&keywords=matx+case&qid=1595171107&sr=8-48

Corsair crystal box is pricey
https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Micro-ATX-Lighting-included-Tempered/dp/B07CL9TCLN/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=corsair+matx+case&qid=1595171565&sr=8-3

Thermaltake has a core v21 (now discontinued but still available) at a bargain price. There's a plethora of cooling arrangement options and lots of space for drives. I own one. Its only drawback is the power supply holding bracket which is...crap. Steve over at GN generally doesn't like Thermaltake, and I see why. With some minor modifications on each of their products, they would move from lower mid tier to a solid upper mid tier based on pricing.
 

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Will you be using the 580 or the 1060?
Either way, you want to look at itx chassis. There are more conventional ones like the NZXT h200i and ones where you need really small hands like the CoolerMaster Elite 130.
 

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The challenge is that I will be using both at the same time (multiple simultaneous virtual machinese for workflow optimization). I would love an ITX case, but I need at least 4 expansion slots and room for the 2 NVMe ssds
 

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Umm, the CoolerMaster Q500L takes a full ATX motherboard but is still pretty small because it is unorthodox in that it puts the power supply up front where the optical drive sometimes goes.
 

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Do you think mATX motherboard would work? I think some of them have 2 x16 physical slots and 2 m.2 slots. Like the B550 Mortar from MSI.

Edit: I found this,

Silverstone Sugo SG11 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
slightly larger is this
Fractal Design Node 804 MicroATX Mid Tower Case
 
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Fractal design mini g is also a possibility.

https://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-Focus-Computer-Window/dp/B072PVMWSD/ref=mp_s_a_1_57?dchild=1&keywords=matx+case&qid=1595171107&sr=8-57

If you want portability you might have to drill holes into the solid lid and attach a kitchen door handle and secure it with wide fender washers. You don't want to get a cheap tower because the weight will cause the top panel to bend.

Also Silverstone sg13
https://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Computer-Front-Panel-SG13B/dp/B00U8IS89E/ref=mp_s_a_1_48?dchild=1&keywords=matx+case&qid=1595171107&sr=8-48

Corsair crystal box is pricey
https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Micro-ATX-Lighting-included-Tempered/dp/B07CL9TCLN/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=corsair+matx+case&qid=1595171565&sr=8-3

Thermaltake has a core v21 (now discontinued but still available) at a bargain price. There's a plethora of cooling arrangement options and lots of space for drives. I own one. Its only drawback is the power supply holding bracket which is...crap. Steve over at GN generally doesn't like Thermaltake, and I see why. With some minor modifications on each of their products, they would move from lower mid tier to a solid upper mid tier based on pricing.
 

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