I'm building a PC for my mum sometime soon and I have a pretty good idea of which components I'll go for. I'm thinking of:
Intel Celeron G540
2x2GB Crucial DDR3 1333Mhz
Cheap H61 Motherboard (Mini ITX or mATX depending on the case)
WD Scorpio Black 500GB (Already own this)
Then I'm looking for a decent case. I'm looking for something as small and quiet as possible for around £50-80 (including PSU) I'm not too worried about expandability or cooling. This PC will only be used for Facebook and Spotify etc. Lastly, I would much prefer something that stands vertically.
As you can see, the only cases I have found are those from the Antec ISK series. I really like the idea of the external PSU because they are fanless and I only need 90-100W anyway.
I have looked at the Lian Li PC-Q07 and PC-Q09B as well but the Q07 would be a bit bigger and require a PSU with a fan. The Q09 is great but doesn't stand vertically, that's a bit awkward for this particular desk.
The Prodigy looks cool but again, it's just a tad too big.
After looking through hundreds of cases, my 'short' list now has 9 cases:
Antec ISK 300-65 (65W) THe PSU just isn't powerful enough on this one, I want a 65W CPU Antec ISK 300-150 (150W) Going to rule this one out because apparently the PSU isn't very quiet. Antec ISK 110 (90W) I'll rule this one out because it's just a VESA version of the ISK 100. I prefer the stand.
Antec ISK-100 (90W) Lian-Li PC-Q09B (110W) Going to rule this out because it's horizontal, I need something vertical really.
Lian Li PC-Q07B (No PSU) Thermaltake VL52021N2 Element Q (220W) Going to rule this out because it's horizontal, I need something vertical really. Antec NSK 3480 (380W) This is a bit dull looking for something on the higher end of my budget as well, I think i'll rule this one out. Silverstone Sugo SG06 (300W) This one is just a bit too expensive, especially since ITX boards cost more.