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April 17, 2007 9:28:38 PM

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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April 17, 2007 10:21:43 PM

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=N82E168...

edit.. sorry - just saw you didnt want a tower. But you can put it on its side.
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April 17, 2007 11:24:23 PM

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 
April 18, 2007 3:58:27 AM

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.
April 18, 2007 6:23:10 AM

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.
April 18, 2007 6:33:40 AM

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
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April 18, 2007 7:27:37 AM

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" !!
April 18, 2007 8:19:33 AM

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
April 18, 2007 9:08:07 AM

Why don't you just buy a mac mini and format to windows?
April 18, 2007 11:19:24 AM

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
April 18, 2007 1:28:13 PM

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=N82E168...

Option#2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option#3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option#5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option#6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option#7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
April 18, 2007 2:17:36 PM

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.
April 18, 2007 4:16:37 PM

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. :) 
April 18, 2007 5:51:22 PM

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.
April 18, 2007 5:59:17 PM

Building a good Slim Computer is so easy,
It seems even a CAVE MAN can do it!

:) 
April 18, 2007 6:09:04 PM

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 
April 18, 2007 6:12:47 PM

Laptop.
April 18, 2007 6:55:51 PM

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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