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    btx case\ psu advice

    Hi all. I'm after a shuttle case with BTX form factor(pico). I have found the odd one knocking about, but all have a relatively small PSU. Can anyone tell me if they have or know if you can get a bigger psu to use with a btx form factor shuttle case?

    I am looking to probably use an ati radeon 2600xt graphics card, so would probably need somewhere in the region of 400W.

    Any help appreciated, cos i've spent ages looking for a decent looking/ sized btx case to use in my lounge (but can take a reasonable graphics card).

    cheers

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    hmmm i've seen a few desktop/home theatre type things from silverstone and aopen in micro btx but not the shuttle style.

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      • Memory:
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    Thanks for the reply. After many hours of looking for something that wasn't as big as a fridge, I have finally found something that is a compromise. IE the missus said it will be ok in the lounge and hopefully it will cope with what I throw at it.

    It's a Thermaltake VC9321SNS-02 Bach SX 325W Case, here's a link:


    Will still have to do some researach into larger psu's, but it's got 50W more than my current offering.

    Will take up to a micro BTX board to, so room for upgrade in future.

    Edit: Not enough posts for the link, but it looks ok anyhow.

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    looks good

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      • Sapphire radeon HD2600pro
      • PSU:
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      • Thermaltake Bach series VC9321SNS
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      • Atec 320pd HD ready panel
      • Internet:
      • Bulldog upto 16mb

    Re: btx case\ psu advice

    Finally nearly ready to have it running. Just in case anyone views this who, like me, isn't aware - the Dell pico BTX boards aren't std. After looking around, I was under the impression, that although they were made by intel, for Dell, these were pretty much standard( I should have known, I've seen some of their stuff before - stupid me!). Well the btx format is, but they use a variety of different connectors and sockets, that components from other manufacturers don't fit. The cooling fan plug for a start, also some of the front panel connections are mounted are different boards.

    I suppose I could have rewired connectors and got some glue out, but decided to replace the mainboard.

    Anyway I've finally got a new optical drive and after 2 days of looking, found a microBTX board that someone had in stock (extremely difficult, seems like this format may never take off mainstream)....a 965 chipset too, so greater upgrade possibilities at least.

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    Re: btx case\ psu advice

    I probably would have swapped it to microATX if you could have but glad you're getting there.

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