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What is the smallest case for an ATX mobo?


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#1 krh1326

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:14 PM

Hello Everyone,

I am trying to move my ASUS M4N78 PRO (ATX FF 12” x 9.6” or 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) mobo into a smaller case.
I have to relocate my system into a very much smaller station.

I am asking you for your experience with various small cases.
I have recently moved a QDI board into Cooler Master Elite 360.
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.ph...product_id=2898

It is a nice, small and plain case. Before I go with this again, does anyone have a specific case to consider, that would be even smaller? Do you have a link to any specs?

Thank you guys for the help!

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:58 PM

that case looks good, another option though is this one http://www.apevia.com/Products_Level3.asp?...D2=3&CID3=0 (there are several different color varieties) Ive used it before, and while I think that coolermaster is probably a better case, Ive been fairly happy with how the build I used this apevia one for turned out, decent case with a decent layout.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:04 PM

Both casses you guys gave links to are good casses. Dell puts out a smaller case but myself i would go with one of the casses that you have links to.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:14 PM

Thanx for the input. It looks like they are about the same size. The whole desktop vs. tower option seems to be a common thing with these new cases. Great flexibility.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 04:30 PM

I have some issues with desktop style cases none of which are present in that coolermaster or the one I recomended. First, most don't offer full ATX board capabilities. Second, this is the big one for me, cooling is limited in most of them, and the second big one for me is the PSU capabilities. Most of them use a small custom PSU, which are weak, and underpowered, upgrading them is pretty much out of the question and if one goes out good luck finding a replacement. the coolermaster you have and that Apevia use full ATX power supplies though so it does eliminate that problem completly. Only downside is, if your putting in a large video card it can get tight in that APEVIA case, but there is room.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:03 PM

Yeah, all points covered , at least in the CM, and by my experience. I use a 650 watt psu. monster side fan, as if it were made for that case. lines up with the side vent. I use a big ati card and it does fit with end power plug. I do like the very plain and simple CM.

PS There is a guy on ebay ( where I got my last) sells that CM e360 about 40 $.

Edited by krh1326, 26 February 2010 - 05:05 PM.





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