Slim Desktop!

I'm trying to build a new desktop for my dad's office,
Money is not really a problem so what I'm trying to do here is get a really slim, tiny case, and load it with a dual core E6800, 2GB of ddr, a Raptor drive, make it really really fast.

However, when I look around I don't see any good slim desktop cases.
I don't want an HTPC, and I don't want a tower. I just want a really nice, elegant, high quality slim - micro ATX case.

I already managed to find a few, but they were either very ugly, or cheap looking, and they all came with a 240w power supply, which is really small. I want at least 400W.

Any recommendations?
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  1. If you have to have slim you can check out the Antec Minuet 300. newegg 79.99 - comes with a 300 watt PSU (you can always replace this).
    Just be aware that you wont be putting to much into a case like this... limited on expansion card height and such. Get a good MicroATX MB with good onboard graphis, 2GB of DDR2, a Raptor 150, and your E6800 (not sure if stock cooling would fit - but there are after market low profile ones) and you will be good to go.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129013

    edit.. sorry - just saw you didnt want a tower. But you can put it on its side.
  2. That Antec case looks really nice. If this machine is just for business applications, I think what you're proposing is really overkill, unless he spends a lot of time playing high end games. For an office machine you can go with AMD 2 X2 4200 or 4400. It's like buying an AMC Mercedes you'll never drive over 100 mph. If he doesn't care what he pays, jack up the labor :D
  3. its not a slim but its small, oh yeah and it SEXYYYYYY lol

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133044

    big enough for gts maybe gtx if you remove the hard drive cage.
  4. How about a built in 7" LCD to bust your budget.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163061
  5. Thanks for all the suggestions, but these cases are either cheap and ugly (like the Antec) or really big.

    I need something with the same shame and size as the Antec, but that looks much better, and has a stronger PSU.
  6. Kinda like this one:

    http://www.copystars.com/in_win_case_bt611t_240sl_1856_prd1.htm

    But with a stronger PSU. Can I just replace the PSU myself?

    What form factor is the PSU I have to get for this case (or the Antec)
  7. Silverstone SG03 will be $130US and out in a month. Don't let the pics fool you, that is a small case. Just multiply out the dimensions and compare to others. If you can't wait, consider the SG01. I have one and it is beautifully engineered with a lot of thought into cooling and ergonomics. Best of all, it comes without a power supply and allows you put in any full size ATX power supply of your choice. It also fits big video cards like the 8800GTS.
  8. you could always build your own... if you know how to... its always more rewarding when you make ur own case... just because you can have it exactly the way you want and the air flow can be maximized within something like that... i know there are some guys who do it for fun... maybe you can find one

    jae
    mlb
  9. dumb question? Why put it on a desk? I think it so cool to just have a nice monitor on a desk, the keyboard hidden in a drawer and the big honkin case in a cubbyhole under the side. I also love the look of a Mac monitor, The clean white lines just say "look at me" !!
  10. Never mind the small slim case.You can run into all kinds of cooling problems with the small cases.Just find something that is pleasing to look at,yet is able to be kept out of the way.I say this because you really need to keep cooling as a primary concern.A lot of todays products still run warm despite advances in technology.

    Dahak

    AMD X2-4400+@2.6 TOLEDO
    EVGA NF4 SLI MB
    2X EVGA 7950GT KO IN SLI
    4X 512MB CRUCIAL BALLISTIX DDR500
    WD300GIG HD/SAMSUNG 250GIG HD
    ACER 22IN WIDESCREEN LCD 1600X1200
    THERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER 850WATT PSU
    COOLERMASTER MINI R120
    3DMARK05 13,471
  11. Why don't you just buy a mac mini and format to windows?
  12. If you want to change the PSU, look for a TFX 12V
    In Win 400 W
    or
    PP&C 470W (dell replacement)
  13. Quote:
    Why don't you just buy a mac mini and format to windows?


    Very underpowered system compared to the OP's specifications.


    What about Antec NSK2400 which comes with 380W PSU (should be enough).
    http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=00240

    or NSK 1300:

    http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=00130

    Comes only with 300W PSU, which is a bit weak for your build.
  14. buy one of them slim acer things, get the pp&c psu, stick the raptor in and turn the fan on high, put in a 8500slimline and viola
  15. I have a few options that are much better than some of these horrid suggestions, actually somewhat close to god awful.

    here is option #1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856101022

    Option#2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856110075

    Option#3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856167011

    Option#5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856110069

    Option#6
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856110050

    Option#7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856110057R

    Hopefully there are more in line what you are looking for, even though they are barebones units.

    For just slim microATX cases here are some options:

    Option#1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154061
  16. Quote:
    That Antec case looks really nice. If this machine is just for business applications, I think what you're proposing is really overkill, unless he spends a lot of time playing high end games. For an office machine you can go with AMD 2 X2 4200 or 4400. It's like buying an AMC Mercedes you'll never drive over 100 mph. If he doesn't care what he pays, jack up the labor :D


    Err... AMG. AMC made the Pacer.
  17. Quote:
    That Antec case looks really nice. If this machine is just for business applications, I think what you're proposing is really overkill, unless he spends a lot of time playing high end games. For an office machine you can go with AMD 2 X2 4200 or 4400. It's like buying an AMC Mercedes you'll never drive over 100 mph. If he doesn't care what he pays, jack up the labor :D


    Err... AMG. AMC made the Pacer.

    Stand corrected, should have been AMG but I was only off by $50,000 to $150,000 depend on the model. :)
  18. Your math implies the Pacer has a positive value... are you sure you know what a Pacer is? I'm just messing with ya... I knew what you meant.
  19. Building a good Slim Computer is so easy,
    It seems even a CAVE MAN can do it!

    :)
  20. Quote:
    Your math implies the Pacer has a positive value... are you sure you know what a Pacer is? I'm just messing with ya... I knew what you meant.


    I actually had the "pleasure" of riding in one a couple times. The chairman of the department I taught in had one. You're either really into cars or getting up there in years to remember that thing, not to be confused with the Thing. :D
  21. Laptop.
  22. This is what I'd want in an office computer (well, actually I'd prefer a Dell/Lenovo desktop with 24 hour support and an 8 hour response time)

    But something tells me you're determined to do this yourself... so...

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=140134
  23. I already made a computer once from this case, and its a good case, but its just sooo ugly..
    It really is.. I know it looks good in the pictures, but after you put the drives in, it just looks so unintentional!
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