I'm putting together an HTPC/Gaming system. I'd like to plop it into a mATX HTPC case, the cheaper the better.
I'm going to run a E8500 with 4GB DDR2 1066, 2 HDs, 1 optical, and probably a GTX 260. I wanted to use an Antec earthwatts EA380 380W as my PSU because I read that it's very efficient, and this thing will be on 24/7... will 380W be enough power though? Also, that would mean I need a case that's made for an mATX board, but has room for a full-sized card and a regular ATX PSU. Any ideas?
Cost is definitely the deciding factor here, but I'd hope to be able to avoid the mini-towers out there and instead fine a nice horizontal/desktop case that suits my needs.
NOTE - This is a very plain chassis and it's a little less than 14 inches deep. The aluminum front panel is blank. That would mean cutting for external drive bays, fans, and switches. This is more for case modders.
Norco has some nice rack mount chassis in a variety of sizes: