Gaming Mini ITX Case

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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  1. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=silverstone+itx&hl=en&cid=17048168414718235536&ei=lNjNTNniJYXKiwTs57mrAw&sa=title&ved=0CDYQ8wIwBDgA#p

    that one is quite good looking and functional - it was used in this months maxpx for an itx gaming pc
  2. silversurfernhs said:
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=silverstone+itx&hl=en&cid=17048168414718235536&ei=lNjNTNniJYXKiwTs57mrAw&sa=title&ved=0CDYQ8wIwBDgA#p

    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 :)
  3. 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-case-650-Watt-p/case-ez-cube.htm
    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=N82E16811154094
  4. 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-case-650-Watt-p/case-ez-cube.htm
    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=N82E16811154094


    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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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-Windows/dp/B00139RCAI

    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-Window/dp/B000RWCIJM

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aero-Cool-M-40-Case-Bk/dp/B000PU1YO6
  7. 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-case-650-Watt-p/case-ez-cube.htm
    2) http://www.amazon.co.uk/EV-Shiny-500watt-Acrylic-Windows/dp/B00139RCAI
    3) http://www.fast-tek.co.uk/prod6.asp?ID=274&sub_cat=654&offset=&prod_id=500&grpid=500&
    4) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aplus-Blockbuster-Storm-Black-Window/dp/B000RWCIJM
    5) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000O36ZOI
    6) http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2006/12/12/Apevia_X_Qpack/1
    7) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040
    8) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aero-Cool-M-40-Case-Bk/dp/B000PU1YO6
    9) http://www.cluboc.net/reviews/cases/aerocool/M40/p5.asp
  8. I am now considering the Silverstone SG02. Any suggestions about the best place to buy this or opinions on whether it is good/bad?

    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=628765
  9. I ended up going for the Silverstone SG02B-F
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