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Need mATX case or fATX PSU suggestions?

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October 23, 2010 9:36:01 PM

I currently have a nice rig setup for my HTPC that I like. However, the only part that I'm not happy with is my case. I originally purchased this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As far as the look and airflow it's awesome! However, I also use my HTPC for gaming and cannot get a PSU over 300w in it. If anyone knows of a PSU that will fit in the setup for at least 400-500w (modular or not) then my problem would be solved!

For an alternative to that case/PSU issue I purchased this Silverstone case:
http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
This case works just fine for my power needs. However it's a bit bulky for my likes.

I am looking for a type of case that's fairly slim, mATX form factor, and has a small footprint. I also prefer it to stand upright or have to option to look decent standing on its side. Here are some that I've found to look nice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a style that looks nice as well as decent price.
http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I also kind of prefer the front ports to be hidden or dark, so they don't stand out like a normal PC.

If you have any input or suggestions I would really like to hear them.
Thanks in advance!
October 23, 2010 10:41:00 PM

Ya I saw that one and its a nice and clean look. It just looks a bit big and the other thing is that I'm almost certain the drive bay is not a door. I dont want my optical drive to stick out, ya know?
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October 23, 2010 11:39:17 PM

jtt283, I don't think that PS will fit since it's a full atx PSU. The originaly Apex case (at the top) takes a flex ATX PSU.

geofelt, I do need the drive bay. The Lian Q07 is a ITX form factor. Not a bad look though.
I recalled being in love with the In Win BK644: http://www.in-win.us/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=...

Does anyone know if I can swap an SFX psu for an ATX psu, to make the In-Win work?
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October 23, 2010 11:44:38 PM

No, that is NOT a full ATX PSU; that fan is only 80mm.
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October 24, 2010 12:35:26 AM

Onus said:
No, that is NOT a full ATX PSU; that fan is only 80mm.

jtt283, the dimensions for your suggested psu are 4.92" x 2.5" x 3.94"
and the dimensions for the flex psu are : 5.91 x 3.21 x 1.59
If you know of a way to make it work then you're my savior! lol, not being sarcastic either. However, you have also sparked a feeling of hope for the In-Win BK644 case now!

geofelt, I do want to keep my optical drive. I already have an external DVDRW drive. Originally I chose the Silverstone case I chose for the power support and the second 5.25" drive. I settled for the Apex's single 5.25" slot because I liked the style of the case. I've thought of that before though and it's a great suggestion. I like how you think outside of the box :) 

Timop, I was more meaning that I just don't like the drives to show their stock buttons and logos. I want the covers of my cases to be flush or covered with a panel completely. It doesn't mean I want it to be slot loading. My GPU will end up getting upgraded to a minimum of 5570's. When I get back into major PC gaming I will end up adding dual 5870's. My mobo is setup for heavy future upgrading.
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October 24, 2010 1:47:58 AM

The Silverstone SUGO SG-05 comes with an 80+ 300W PSU that has been well-reviewed at HardwareSecrets. The only thing not to like about that case is the Optical drive has to be a slim one.
This past summer, I build a mini-ITX in a Lian Li PC-Q08R. That case takes a full sized ATX PSU; I used a 550W Antec Truepower New. That machine has an i5/650 and I just upgraded the GPU from a HD4850 to a GTX460. It's a great little gamer.
Here's a slideshow of it: http://www.youtube.com/user/jtt283?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/0...
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October 24, 2010 2:41:27 AM

malmental, thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking to make it as "sleek" and non-traditional as possible though.

jtt283, you have a nice eye! I've contemplated that case many times! lol It's still in the possibilities :) 
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October 24, 2010 5:11:36 PM

lol that's how all receivers look
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October 25, 2010 12:04:58 AM

No, but, the side has an 8track player slot and theres an optional record player addition to it hahah!
Thanks!
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October 25, 2010 2:23:48 AM

Excellent, a lot of classic Beach music only comes on 8Track.
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November 1, 2010 12:02:54 AM

Best answer selected by jaydoubledub.
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