NEED HELP! microATX Cube/Desktop cases

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chemaholic

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I am trying to find a case for my microATX motherboard. I would really like to get a cube like the ones shuttle uses for their barebones systems, but I can't find one anywhere. The only thing I have found so far is the Aria, but I don't like it that much (no external floppy) and it is pretty expensive.

If I can't find a decent cube case with one external 5.25, 1 external 3.5, and 2 hard drive mounts, what would be a good desktop style case?

I would want it to be discrete like the coolermaster case I saw in another post, but maybe a bit less expensive. This is supposed to be a semi-budget priced system.

Thanks,

Don
 
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chemaholic

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Thanks for the reply Todd.

I was afraid the Aria was the only one :/

That other case is ok, but still a bit too large. I got the microATX to allow me to use a smaller case.

Anyone else have any suggestions or recommendations?

Thanks much,

Don
 
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chemaholic

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Hey believe me if I were doing this for me I would build a custom case from scratch hehe.

Since it is for a friend, it is up to him to do all that :D

Thanks for the advice!

I am going to try and steer him towards the Aria, or a small tower. I don't like desktops due to bad PSU/terrible airflow.

Don
 
Todd a

Todd a

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That Antec Desktop I showed has a 380w True Power. This is a VERY good power supply. The PS vents out the side, which is pretty cool. They also use a 92mm fan in back. There is good vent holes to add to the cooling. It is also a VERY nice looking case with a gloss black paint job. You can't go wrong with Antec.

The ARIA is a good looking case, but it does have its drawbacks to get that shape. It also only comes with a 300w power supply (and it does not look to be their high end True Power version).
 
cfb44

cfb44

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the psu on the Antec OVERTURE actually draws cool air in to the case thru the side vent. the 92mm fan is used to suck the hot air out. I am using this case now, and the case temp is around 33c. I am also using an antec hard drive cooler (which also pulls in cool air) and an antec pci slot exhaust fan. the case looks great, and is pretty quiet. if you are worried about heat, this might not be the case for you...
 
Todd a

Todd a

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The big problem I see with the Minuet is the 220w power supply. There is another SSF case that takes a standard MicroATX motherboard. I'm not sure if it is even out yet, but it is the Hornet Pro:

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=15983

I have seen a version that comes with a Micro ATX Athlon64, AthlonXP, or P4 motherboard. Here is their website:

http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=M&Category_Code=hornet

It looks like you can get it in any color you want, but they either come with the motherboard or as complete systems..