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    Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    Hi,

    I recently built a HTPC in a Noah Mini-itx case but having a few cooling problems.

    Specs are:

    Intel E7200
    Intel DG45FC mini-itx with HDMI
    2GB RAM
    320GB 2.5” HDD
    Slot loading DVD-RW (will update to BL drive in time)
    LP Freezer 7 LP

    Now because of the cooler I used I had to remove the 70mm case fan so it gets a little hot, plus I don’t much like the look of the case. So I’m looking for a case with the following specs:

    Small as possible (was thinking Micro-ATX as Mini-ITX doesn’t allow for much cooling)
    Ability to accommodate slimline ODD & 2.5” HDD
    90+W PSU
    Rear of side mounted fans (my Sky+ box is going to sit on top of this so I don’t want heat rising up into it.)

    I appreciate it’s going to be hard to meet those requirements, but if you would be good enough to give it a crack?

    Cheers, Ryan

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    Silverstone Lascala LC11 http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=214601&Product=SilverStone+LC11S-300+inc+300w+PSU+(Silver)+aluminium+Front+%26+SECC+Body+Desktop+case comes in black too but Scan do not seen to have any in stock, only issue is normal optical drive rather than slim.

    The LC19 may be suitable http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?W...26+Card+Reader but it has a big vent on the top so maybe not.

    You could look at the Antec Fusion cases micro remote and remote or perhaps the NSK 1480 or NSK2480

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/140998
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148791
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141005
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130945

    Possible available from Scan as well a bit cheaper I will let you hunt down the best prices

    Oh the Silverstone Grandia GD02 may be worth a look as well

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    Could you save space inside the case by using a Pico PSU and relying on an external 12V converter?

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    The Noah case he is using already has an external power brick, admitedley the DC/DC coverter board is larger than a PicoPSU but I don't see how changing that will improve his airflow situation.

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    Thanls Webby, The LC19 looks like it should fit the bill.

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    I don't know if this fits your bill exactly but I've got a cubit 3 case here. Its one of the best mini-itx cases out there that I found when I was looking

    http://www.hoojum.com/new/html/cubit3.htm

    Here is the one I have.

    http://gordyhand.co.uk/gallery/v/casemodding/cubit3

    If you are interested let me know. It's sat in the loft in it's box for the last year.
    Last edited by Gordy; 22-10-2008 at 06:58 PM.

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    Re: Looking for a case (Special requirements)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gohan View Post
    Hi,

    I recently built a HTPC in a Noah Mini-itx case but having a few cooling problems.

    Specs are:

    Intel E7200
    Intel DG45FC mini-itx with HDMI
    2GB RAM
    320GB 2.5” HDD
    Slot loading DVD-RW (will update to BL drive in time)
    LP Freezer 7 LP

    Now because of the cooler I used I had to remove the 70mm case fan so it gets a little hot, plus I don’t much like the look of the case. So I’m looking for a case with the following specs:

    Small as possible (was thinking Micro-ATX as Mini-ITX doesn’t allow for much cooling)
    Ability to accommodate slimline ODD & 2.5” HDD
    90+W PSU
    Rear of side mounted fans (my Sky+ box is going to sit on top of this so I don’t want heat rising up into it.)

    I appreciate it’s going to be hard to meet those requirements, but if you would be good enough to give it a crack?

    Cheers, Ryan
    HFX Micro from www.mcubed-store.com - super small and passive cooling that really works ! A bit expensive though ...

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