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    Smallest ATX case?? Any suggestions

    I am looking for a new case, this one will be for all extra pieces, after taking inventory i have enough to build a classic Athlon 700 Powered by a GeForce.

    I will use this for LAN parties and such so I am looking for the smallest ATX case with only one or two spots for 5 1/4 and 1 or two mounts for HD's. The rear of the case only needs three or four openings.

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    Thanks for any suggestions.....

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    There are plenty of dinky mini towers out there, but why do you want a crammed, heat choking, no air flow case? Most of those mini towers have the power supply mounted vertically which sits only a couple of inches above the processor, cutting down on air flow. You'll have to get a Micro ATX motherboard cause standard size 305mm wont fit, and your options are limited then. Alot of the Micro ATX boards are all in one, with only 3 PCI's and 2 Dimm slots. I personally hate Mini towers, and Micro ATX main boards. But thats just me. Good Luck!

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    Small case

    No I have the ATX MB, and an Athlon 700.

    I just want a smallish case that won't break the back as I carry it to and from the places.

    The heat should be an issue, fan in front and rear, don't even need the PS I have one already.

    I am going from an enlght 7237 to something smaller.

    I don't know about micro atx those seem too small for my needs but a mini-mini-tower would work
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    Oh, ok. Well I've seen smaller regular ATX cases around, 5 total bays instead of 8 or more. I know Imix makes a smaller version of their popular 917-K, I think its called 917-J anyway its quite abit smaller than the full mid tower. I know aplace here in town that sells it but they dont even have an online site to order from. Try this place www.mixpc.com You can order one online and they are pretty cheap, $30-36 dollars. Do they ship out of the US? I dont have any idea, sorry.

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    Yeah, I just checked, small case that should fit your needs well & only $27.00 917-J With Pictures of inside & out. These are very well built cases w/ 300w PS. I have used many of the full size 917-K and they are sweet! Good Luck! www.mixpc.com

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    Your pretty much wasting your time. A full ATX motherboard with a Slot-A will likely not fit in the smaller cases. They turn the PS sidwaysand cover where the CPU goes. If you can actually fit it, it will run VERY hot. You realy need a Micro ATX (or even a Flex ATX) motherboard with integrated sound and network and a socket CPU for the super small cases. Throw in some headphones and a nice 15" LCD display and your good to go.

    The only thing you might try is a custome case. I have seen people taking metal breaf cases and hacking them into a LAM case with fans and all. Like you said, one CD-ROM and one hard drive. No floppy or extra cables. Your still looking at a big monitor, lots of cables, keyboard, mouse, headphones/speakers... even a joystick for some games.

    Maybe you should look at saving up some money and building a LAN box from the ground up. Supposadly the nForce II is coming out this month. Think of what you could do with a MicroATX board based on this with GeForce4 MX graphics, Digital Dolby 5.1 surround, and NIC all in one. Add in a 1Ghz Duron with a nice small cooler, 128MB DDR, a 40GB hard drive, 16x DVD, and wireless keyboard and mouse, and you would have a nice home entertainment/LAN computer. If only they could get it to fit in one of Shuttles micro cases.





    http://www.shuttleonline.com/spec.php3?model=ss40

    The newest versions of this barebones set-up include a heatpipe cooler so it will cool CPUs like the P4 and AthlonXP. They also have an AGP and PCI slot. only room for one hard drive and one CDROM. I think it even has a handle on top. The integrated video has TV -out too. It sucks for 3D games, but it still has the AGP slot.
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    I was just about to recommend the Shu8ttle SS50...

    I'm seriously thinking about getting one for myself. Let me know what you finally decide on, I'd like to get feedback.
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    Sorry about the big picture. It was much smaller on the website I got it from. You can check out some reveiws of it if you want here:

    http://www.ocworkbench.com/2002/shuttle/ss40/ss40p1.htm

    http://www.amdworld.co.uk/ss40.htm

    The way I understand it this one has 2 PCI slots only (as with the P4 version). They are working on a version with an AGP slot (and likely only one PCI). As things move on this product might become a standard like MicroATX. I would like to see more chipsets and manufacturers for this platform. Very nice.
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    For a budget chassis,
    You may want to take a look at the AOpen KF45 series,

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    Try the bottom of the Range LianLis I think they are called the PC-
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    Got a case a Micro-ATX

    It does run a bit hotter, but I went with three 5 1/4 and mounted a 80mm fan to pull air through the openings, and over the chip and out the back.

    Works like a charm and the case is much smaller.

    Almost had an issue with the ASUS K7V, being a larger board it was a tight fitand ended up insulating the CD/HD holder on the edge and tossed the ATX back plate (cover for ports and LPT etc)

    Works great now, thanks
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    Tom's Hardware has a lead article on that neat little Shuttle system today. May not be your cup of tea, but bet we see more of them in the future, probably on someone else's desk.

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    Man I bet if Best buy had some of them sitting on the shelf, it would sell like hot cakes. Think of an AthlonXP 2000+, 256MB ram, 60GB hard drive, and a GeForce4 MX420 (PCI), CD-R/W and DVD combo drive, and a digital TV-Tuner card in this little box. You could build it for under $800 likely. It would be great for LAN parties. It would make a descent home entertainment computer with the TV tuner and TV-out, plus DVD. Plus you could play downloaded or ripped DVDs in DivX and all the MP3s you can find.

    The one reveiwed on Tom's was under $400 for the case motherboard power supply and a digital TV tuner card and a USB 2.0 card (not needed since you already have 4 USB and firewire).

    Display it with a 15" LCD display with integrated speakers and a wireless keyboard and mouse (or at least a remout controll) and the thing would be an instant seller. This thing would perform MUCH better than an I-Mac, look better, and be MUCH more functional.

    Found a new micro box like the shuttle. It uses a VIA chipset P$M266 for the Pentium4 and this one does come with an AGP (and 1 PCI). This is a reveiw were they ran it with a Geforce4 Ti4600 and a Sound Blaster Audigy. Now that is a POWERFUL little box. The heatsink and cooling set-up is more like Shuttle's first SV-24 instead of their SS40 and SS50 with the larger 80mm fan and heatpipe cooling.

    http://www.littlewhitedog.com/review...ware_00040.asp






    Last edited by Todd a; July 11th, 2002 at 03:42 PM.
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