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Which small case for uATX board

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September 29, 2009 9:53:31 PM

Looking for recommendations on a small case (plan to transport it to overseas and back to here over the next two years, so apart from small size, build quality is a factor). Should fit following existing components:
- Foxconn mATX x58 board (from a Dell :cry:  but it's standard mATX)
- i920@stock with small-to-medium size aftermarket cooler (from Dell, too)
- ATI HD 4850 (no plans to CF or upgrade to card with larger dimensions)
- PPC Silencer 500W ATX/EPS PSU
- drives: Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-Ray burner (it's a tad longer than your off-the-shelf DVD burner) + 3.5" SATA HDD + 2.5" Intel X25-m (no plans to add additional drives)
- 3.5" card reader

I'm considering the following cases:

SILVERSTONE TJ08-B Black Aluminum front panel, SECC body MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

negative: no front eSATA

COOLER MASTER Elite 341 RC-341C-KKN1-GP Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

negative: reviews mention bad front panel quality, drive mounting issues

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

negative: it's a mATX Mini Tower but almost as big as a ATX mid tower so it would be sort of a last resort if I cannot find a smaller case that does the job

Should I consider other cases? Max. Budget is ~$100-$120, including potentially needed extras such as fans

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September 29, 2009 9:59:30 PM

cooling - wise antec's p180 mini is the best, since you can have 2 120 intakes.
However it is much larger than Silverstone's TJ08
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