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 Post subject: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:26 am 
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I was going to buy the Fractal R4 case for my next system, but then I noticed it's slightly too wide. Width needs to be under 23 cm to fit under my desk. So I'm thinking Antec Solo II would be a "best of the rest" choice.

Almost all high-end X99 motherboards from Gigabyte seem to have E-ATX size these days: 30.5 cm x 25.9 cm. Will these boards fit into a Solo II?

Also a question about PSU. Which is the ideal way to mount a Seasonic M12II power supply? Normally or upside down?

If you have any recommendations for alternative quiet cases that have a width under 23 cm and height under 50 cm, I'm happy to hear them.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:10 am 
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Welcome to SPCR.

Maybe you could describe the "under the desk" condition a little more (is it closed on all sides, if not what are the dimensions..). When I see Haswell-E and 'fit under the desk' together, I wonder what is in the system (which CPU, GPU, etc) and whether it'll be able to breathe / keep cool. That will determine the best case and other component choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:42 am 
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What I meant was that there's a dedicated hole for the computer under the desk, which is 23 cm wide and 50 cm high. Front and rear are open. The length of the piece of wood where the unit is to sit is 38 cm, but length doesn't matter too much as long as the feet of the case aren't placed at the very ends. My current case is Antec Solo, which fits nicely.

Possible components are Core i7-5820K, GTX 970, 16 GB RAM, 1 SSD, 1 HDD, 1 optical drive and a card reader.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:46 am 
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I agree with steve, i think its best to list the components you are planning, the antec solo II is not a bad choice but has some drawbacks, specially for X99, since most of those motherboards have the first PCIe in the first lane.... depending on the GPU length... it might not fit with the hdd cage in front.

Some other cases to look into,
Obsidian Series® 550D Mid-Tower Quiet Case - Dimensions: 20.9” x 8.7” x 19.5”, the width would be around 22cm, so fits what you are looking. No mention on EATX mobos.
Carbide Series® 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Case - Dimensions 495mm x 210mm x 484mm, "Compatibility E-ATX, ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ATX motherboards".
Coolermaster Silencio 550 Dimensions 210 x 451.5 x 505.0 mm, but no EATX support stated.
Nanoxia NXDS2W White Steel ATX Mid Tower Deep Silence 2 Gaming Computer Case - Dimensions 21.75" x 12.00" x 26.50" (H x W x D), Compatibility Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / E-ATX.
Nanoxia NXDS1B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Dimensions Approx. 8.66" x 20.35" x 20.94", around 22cm width. No mention on E ATX, Compatibility ATX, XL-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX.

The only one that fits your 23cm width and 50cm height, and has stated EATX support is the Corsair 330R.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:39 am 
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Abula wrote:
the antec solo II is not a bad choice but has some drawbacks, specially for X99, since most of those motherboards have the first PCIe in the first lane.... depending on the GPU length... it might not fit with the hdd cage in front.


Hmm, I thought one of the selling points of Solo II was that it's able to accommodate longer cards?


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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:18 am 
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Jnzk wrote:
Abula wrote:
the antec solo II is not a bad choice but has some drawbacks, specially for X99, since most of those motherboards have the first PCIe in the first lane.... depending on the GPU length... it might not fit with the hdd cage in front.


Hmm, I thought one of the selling points of Solo II was that it's able to accommodate longer cards?
You probably right, personally i though the 1st pci might be in line with the HDD box, but seems it might be slighly above, here is a pic using the 1st pcie slot.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:53 pm 
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I don't think E-ATX will work in a Solo II, especially if the ATX power connector is along the "front" edge - there's not much clearance between the 3.5" drive cage and the motherboard. It's kinda cozy even with my standard ATX board if you want the ATX cable hidden behind the drive cage.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec Solo II questions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:02 pm 
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[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/motherboard/#c=101&f=2,7I see three[/url] ATX X99 mobo's from Gigabyte that are readily available in the US. Also looks like Asrock sells X99 in uATX :D

More questions (that's how we roll)

Why Gigabyte: For a Hackintosh?

Why Haswell-E: Please don't say gaming!

The SoloII is an awesome case..but you definately trade off gfx card temps for quietness. That said, the GTX 970 looks to be a cool running card in the better forms. So, it could work well.

I need to spend some time and build a GTX 970 thread...

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