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October 31, 2010 7:07:25 PM

I am shrinking my current ATX tower into a smaller Mini ITX size to make my computer easier to take to LANs. I already have the following:

Core 2 E6750
Geforce 8800 GT
2GB DDR2
ZOTAC GeForce GF9300-G-E ITX WiFi LGA775
Antec True 480 PSU

I am looking for the cheapest case which I can fit all of these into along with an internal 5.25" DVD drive and at least 2x 3.5" internal hard drives.

Currently the best (only) option I know of is the LIAN LI PC-Q08B. This looks ideal but costs about £100.

Are there any other ITX cases which meet my needs which are cheaper? I would love to use a case which came with a smaller PSU but only if it will have enough grunt to run my CPU + GFX card.

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October 31, 2010 8:25:58 PM

silversurfernhs said:
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=silverstone+it...

that one is quite good looking and functional - it was used in this months maxpx for an itx gaming pc


Thanks for the feedback but google suggests that this case costs £140+. At that price I would be better off with the LIAN LI PC-Q08B :) 
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November 1, 2010 7:59:09 AM

Dougie Fresh said:
Unfortunately, ITX can be expensive, especially when you small and powerful.

What about going microATX and getting a case like this:
http://www.xcase.co.uk/X-Case-EZ-Cube-Micro-Atx-Pc-Cube...
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000O36ZOI
or if you can find it in the UK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the links. The case on amazon is the same size as the itx case I was considering but costs less! Do you know if I would be able to fit my mini itx mobo in that case or would I need to get a micro atx instead?

The xcase case looks like a cheaper clone of the one from amazon. Do you know where I can find the dimensions?
November 1, 2010 8:31:28 AM

This page states that Mini ITX is backwards compatible with Micro ATX. Presumably this means I could buy the Apevia X-Qpack and fit my Mini ITX mobo? The Apevia site does not mention Mini ITX compatibility.
November 1, 2010 12:18:47 PM

Yes, mini-ITX motherboards are supposed to be able to fit into micro-ATX cases. There would just be two standoffs you would not use.

I notice the x-case one has a 650W PSU and the Apevia has 420W. Maybe the x-case is an upgraded version? The x-case also says it takes long cards. Not sure about the Apevia. Make sure the PSU is powerful enough for your GPU.

This one has a 500W PSU: http://www.amazon.co.uk/EV-Shiny-500watt-Acrylic-Window...

This one doesn't have a PSU which means you could get a good quality PSU powerful enough for your needs: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aplus-Blockbuster-Storm-Black-W...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aero-Cool-M-40-Case-Bk/dp/B000P...
November 1, 2010 8:24:19 PM

Here are my conclusions so far:

(1) This case on xcase seems to be the same (with a different name) as the one on Amazon (2) which according to (3) is 446mm deep which is pretty large. (4) looks like another clone but with a ridiculous fan on top. However, the reported dimensions are a bit better at 38.5cm.

(5) The Apevia looks good but is reviewed as very flimsy here (6).

I want a cube not a tower so (7) is out of the question.

(8) Gets some positive reviews and looks good but review (9) puts me off a lot as it states the reviewer could not fit in an 8800 GT which is my exact card.

1) http://www.xcase.co.uk/X-Case-EZ-Cube-Micro-Atx-Pc-Cube...
2) http://www.amazon.co.uk/EV-Shiny-500watt-Acrylic-Window...
3) http://www.fast-tek.co.uk/prod6.asp?ID=274&sub_cat=654&...
4) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aplus-Blockbuster-Storm-Black-W...
5) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000O36ZOI
6) http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2006/12/12/Apevi...
7) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aero-Cool-M-40-Case-Bk/dp/B000P...
9) http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/cases/aerocool/M40/p5.asp
November 11, 2010 4:18:26 PM

I ended up going for the Silverstone SG02B-F
!