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Gaming Mini ITX Case

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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
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:

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:
or if you can find it in the UK

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:

This one doesn't have a PSU which means you could get a good quality PSU powerful enough for your needs:
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.

November 11, 2010 4:18:26 PM

I ended up going for the Silverstone SG02B-F