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February 12, 2012 5:49:05 AM

As mentioned in the title, I am looking for a small/light ATX gaming case. The reason is that I would like to be able to easily move the PC between the gaming on the couch and programming at a desk.

I currently have a decent single-GPU gaming PC in a Lian Li ATX case with wheels. The case is quality but quite large and hard to move around. I also have a smaller Antec ATX case from a previous build, but even though the case is smaller, it still weighs 18lbs.

The smallest/lightest ATX case I've found so far is the COOLER MASTER Elite 360. It measures 17.30" x 5.80" x 14.20" and weights 9.7lbs, almost half the weight of my smaller case.

I was considering going for a smaller form factor, but I have an ATX ASROCK Z68 motherboard that I'd rather not have to replace.

Thanks for any tips! :) 

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February 12, 2012 6:26:06 AM

Quality case with a handle.= not cheap or light
Bitfenix Survivor Black
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57590&vpn=BFC%2DSRV%2D...
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very lite case for moving around = i have one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 12, 2012 8:23:27 AM

I own the storm scout it is easy to move around but it does weigh a little with everything in it. Then again I could be a weakling LOL
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February 12, 2012 9:12:56 AM

I wanted something cheap, not a mini, but still very small and portable. Settled on a Cooler Master TC-102 Mid ATX HD Audio w/500W PSU Black (TC-102-KKN1) for $30.

It's way smaller than most mid towers and has 6 fan slots supporting (2)140mm + (4)120mm fans - If you include my PSU I have seven 120s in here. Temps are fantastic.

Specs: 7.08 x 16.1 x 13.77 inches at 8.8 pounds - It's no more than 15 with it all together - 2x front usb ports - It's simple and effective, only complaint would be the lack of cable management since it lacks a port out the back panel. Nothing some creative zip tie work can't fix :D 

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February 12, 2012 4:06:10 PM

No vote for the Elite 360? It is available locally.

davcon said:
Quality case with a handle.= not cheap or light
Bitfenix Survivor Black
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57590&vpn=BFC%2DSRV%2D...
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very lite case for moving around = i have one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The Bitfenix looks pretty awesome, but it's too bad it is twice the cost of other cases. I've seen the Storm Scout, and while a nice case, it is a little too big even with handles. The Elite 430 looks more like what I had in mind, thanks for the suggestions.

zogg said:
I wanted something cheap, not a mini, but still very small and portable. Settled on a Cooler Master TC-102 Mid ATX HD Audio w/500W PSU Black (TC-102-KKN1) for $30.

Specs: 7.08 x 16.1 x 13.77 inches at 8.8 pounds - It's no more than 15 with it all together - 2x front usb ports - It's simple and effective, only complaint would be the lack of cable management since it lacks a port out the back panel. Nothing some creative zip tie work can't fix :D 


That looks like the sort of case I'm looking for. Sadly I can only find the case on Micro Center with $17 shipping! Micro Center also lists the weight as 13lbs, but that could be with the power supply weight as well.

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February 13, 2012 2:24:21 AM

Best answer selected by dyersituations.
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