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Need a small ATX case that will fit a 600W PSU....

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November 5, 2007 3:40:27 PM

I'm looking to build my first computer and the case is giving me the most issues.

I'd like an ATX case that'll fit a 600W PSU. I will occasionally use my computer for gaming and I'd like a case that'll cool well BUT isn't too large.

The only ones I've been recommended so far come with an over-abundance of drive slots that I'm never going to use.

I like the look of the Lian Li PC-AO5 but will this take a 600W PSU?
a b ) Power supply
November 5, 2007 5:53:51 PM

There's a review of this model at the Tech Lounge. One of the photos shows a 620w power supply, so maybe you can email the author and see what brand he uses.
a c 139 ) Power supply
November 5, 2007 5:59:42 PM

If the PSU fits the ATX power supply size spec - yes it will. That case can even fit some 700~850W PSUs.
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November 5, 2007 6:14:45 PM

I wouldn't get a small PC case because heat can cause your system to crash or die an early death. You must have good airflow through your case if you want to prolong the life of the components.
a c 139 ) Power supply
November 5, 2007 6:21:07 PM

That review that o1die mentions is showing what is the Corsair 620HX PSU
http://www.thetechlounge.com/files/articles/425/images/05.jpg

Here is a picture of that case with a big Asus Silent Square HSF cooler
http://www.iamxtreme.net/andre/LSI/pca05/28.jpg Asus Silent Square HSF coolers

The Lian Li site gives these dimensions of the PC-05A
Dim of case 210 x 381 x 490mm (W,H,D)
Dim. of M/B area 188 x 348 x 226 (W,H,D)
Dim. of PSU area 151 x 87 x 168 (W,H,D)

The ATX spec for a PSU is 150x86x140 or 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 6.3"(L)

Some of the PSUs that will fit:
Corsair TX750W Dimension: 5.9(W) x 3.4(H) X 6.3(L);
Seasonic M12-600 M12-700 150*160*86 mm (5.9x6.3x3.4)
OCZ GameXStream 850W 150 x 140 x 86mm
OCZ GameXStream 1010W 150 x 140 x 86mm
January 17, 2009 5:43:03 PM

The following doesn't take standard atx power supply, but both athena and in-win take the next best micro atx with a maximum wattage of 550W which is much better than what most mini cases offer. View the following link, then the in win link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000058&Description=micro%

20atx&name=Power%20Supplies

as viewed on Jan 17, 2009. if viewing on a much newer date use Internet archive website to

see the page as it was on a near date.

There are only three companies worth of mention in the era of small chassis.

Those are In-win, aopen and athena.

Aopen is like the mac mini without the brand cost but is a compromise to a full blown pc
In-win, has 2 cases on newegg, that are of the smallest possible dimension for a full pc

experience without compromise(e.g. long video card).
Athena cases are in between aopen and in-win it terms of sizes and limitation(for instance a

normal graphics card does not fit in their cases) but they are much thinner.

http://www.in-win.us/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=42
http://www.in-win.us/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010090007%

2050001849&name=Athena%20Power
http://global.aopen.com/

Nobody else competes at a reasonable price; not apevia, lian-li, silverstone, coolmaster,

zalman, antec, thermaltake, enlight, enermax, chieftec; no one makes better small chassis

than those 3 companies.
August 19, 2009 11:00:08 PM

GTR's GT3 case is small, and works with full size ATX motherboards and full size graphics. GTR's site can be found here:
www.gtrtechcorp.com

Ericore's statement "There are only three companies worth of mention in the era of small chassis. " is false.

A 600Watt powersupply is not necesary with most builds. Look at power consumption data in reviews, and the data will confirm this.

a c 248 ) Power supply
August 19, 2009 11:28:31 PM

The answer to your question in your original post is yes, a 600 watt power supply will fit in the Lian Li PC-AO5.

I am a bit confused about what you really want because the title of your thread is "need a small atx case that will fit a 600 watt psu..." That Lian Li case is a mid-tower atx case and it's not exactly small. There is a category of smaller micro-atx cases available and some of them can take a 750 watt psu, a standard size atx motherboard, longer video cards, mutiple 120mm case fans, and 90mm tower style cpu heatsinks.

It would really help if you posted a list of your pc components.
March 21, 2013 5:30:36 PM

systemlord said:
I wouldn't get a small PC case because heat can cause your system to crash or die an early death. You must have good airflow through your case if you want to prolong the life of the components.


Thats true,but if Youre like me that doesnt need high powered fans buzzing in your ear and hot graphics cards then a small one would do.
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