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    Best mATX case for as small as possible Athlon 64 gaming rig?

    Hey guys I've decided to go mATX and build a HTPC/Gaming crossover rig, until I have the £1000+ I want to build a new gamin PC.

    Here are the parts that I wish to have in my mATX case:

    MSI MS-7191 mATX motherboard
    Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Currently with Akasa Amber 92mm HS/F, will replace if neccessary)
    OCZ DDR400 RAM 4x 512mb
    PoV 8800GTS 320mb (Dual Slot)
    Wifi PCI Card
    Creative X-Fi Extreme Music PCI Card
    2x HDDs (200gb + 300gb Maxtors, 1 SATA 1 IDE)
    1x DVD-RW

    Are there any small cases that would accomodate such a collection of components? Preferably under £70, moderately cool and quiet.

    Also, it needs to either have it's own PSU or be able to accomodate my ATX-sized Hiper Type-R 580w PSU.

    Here are the only three that might fit the bill so far that I've seen:

    Antec NSK1300 - £57
    Ebuyer Value Cube Case, like Aspire X-QPack - £40 (£50 minus £10 for google checkout)
    Aplus Case CS-Blockbuster-BAW, similar to above - £47

    Thanks a lot,

    pr0p

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    Silverstone SG-01 is my favourite.. Bit more expensive at around £75 but worth it imo.

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    Fusion? Not sure on prices, but comes with a half decent PSU & a VFD - perfect for gaming/htpc crossover

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Silverstone SG-01 is my favourite.. Bit more expensive at around £75 but worth it imo.
    Very nice, gorgeous looks and fantastic build quality, I'll look into it

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Fusion? Not sure on prices, but comes with a half decent PSU & a VFD - perfect for gaming/htpc crossover
    They are nice but are about £120 and a little big for my liking. Thanks for the suggestion though Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by pr0p4g4nd4 View Post
    They are nice but are about £120 and a little big for my liking. Thanks for the suggestion though Dave
    No worries, I know I liked it over the NSK due to the stealthed CD Drive, and the fact it comes with a VFD as standard.

    Silverstones offerings are quite nice, but I keep being tempted by the big ones with VFDs, which doubles the cost on some models...

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    The ebuyer cube case I have. Frankly the build quality is pretty pants and my rig gets pretty hot in it, will be drilling wholes for fans in it this weekend hopefully (1 next to HDD, 1 above CPU area and 1 possibly next to GFX). The dimensions aren't actually THAT small either.

    But apart from that it's alright

    Have you thought of the Silverstone TJ08 ? £60ish at Scan and looks quite nifty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel.phillips View Post
    The ebuyer cube case I have. Frankly the build quality is pretty pants and my rig gets pretty hot in it, will be drilling wholes for fans in it this weekend hopefully (1 next to HDD, 1 above CPU area and 1 possibly next to GFX). The dimensions aren't actually THAT small either.
    Thanks for the heads up about the ebuyer case mate!

    I think I've found my *perfect* case, but I don't know where I can buy it: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/T.../Lanbox_Lite/2
    Last edited by pr0p4g4nd4; 27-04-2007 at 06:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pr0p4g4nd4 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up about the ebuyer case mate!

    I think I've found my *perfect* case, but I don't know where I can buy it: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/T.../Lanbox_Lite/2
    It does look nice, there you go

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=26584

    http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=606934

    Edit: you wanted the Lite
    Last edited by amjedm; 27-04-2007 at 06:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjedm View Post
    Edit: you wanted the Lite


    Haha, I'm just kidding! I made the same mistake too

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