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    Question Advice on a small build.

    Ok helpful hexites I need to replace my old rig which is in a coolermaster 330 to as small a case as I can get, so that it will fit on my desk with my mixing hardware.

    The hardware I have to use in this build is MSI p35 neo, 2 Gig of RAM, a c2d E6750 and a nvidia 8600 gfx card.

    Any advice on a case for this set up of as I was thinking buying a miniATX mobo with onboard gfx as I wont be using it to view videos just using it to record mixes and for my DVS (Digital Vinyl System). This will save having a big fat 8600 in the case. As mentioned above I need this to be as small as possible. The cheaper the better.

    Any ideas or recommendations would be greatly appreciated

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    Have you tried looking into Shuttle barebones?

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    No such thing as miniATX - I'm guessing you mean MicroATX?

    I've got a Coolermaster RC-341 (Desktop #2 in my sig), really cheap and works very well. Fit it with a pair of extra fans, and it's a very good case.

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    No such thing as miniATX - I'm guessing you mean MicroATX?
    thats what happens when posting during process mapping, head in bits.

    Thanks for that Snooty I'll look into that case

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    I've made a couple of builds using variants if the xQ-pack (however the caps are!), and have found the A-Plus Blockbuster Storm the best. They will fit normal ATX power supplies, but are tight when it comes to the CPU cooler.

    The A-Plus comes pre fitted with a 22cm fan in the lid, although I have just had that replaced by Scan because it failed on me.
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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    This Shuttle should do the job:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222816

    Alternatively you could get an Intel DG41MJ mini ITX motherboard and a Lian Li PC-Q07B mini ITX case:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/181269

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/187419

    However,you are only limited to a PCI-E 2.0 1X slot.

    This motherboard has a better IGP:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151488


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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    This Shuttle should do the job:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222816
    Cheers Cat I think ill go with that option.

    trying to fit my old pc on my desk leaves no room for any extra equipment.

    thanks for all the top class advice again guys.

    Much appreciated

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    Hate to tell you this but the shuttles don't have that much smaller foot print compared to a normal midtower

    That shuttle is 325x215 (699 square cm) the cm330 is 425x189 (803 square cm), so the actual footprint is 10cm shorter but 2.5 cm wider

    To reduce the footprint you'd be better off looking at a slim line case.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150275 400x104 (416 square cm)
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143893 356x136 (484 square cm)

    The new Chifetec minitowers are decent, we have these at work.
    About the same foot print as a shuttle, but taller and use a normal ATX psu and mATX motherboard, 337x180 (606 square cm)
    http://www.chieftec.eu/index.php?opt...390&Itemid=656
    Not easy to get hold of though as they are mainly sold to OEM not retail.

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    The Lian Li case I suggested before has quite a small foot print.


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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    True could always go for the Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX-I-E better onboard graphics and a full 16x pci-e slot
    http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=52 £130 with avt so a bit pricey.

    Cheaper option, Zotac GeForce 630i-ITX although it's not as good and only x1 pci-e, but them who we love to hate have got a grade B one on cheap atm
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=BG-005-ZT

    mini-ITX gets very expensive and your options go down, mATX give you a better range of possibilities.

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The Lian Li case I suggested before has quite a small foot print.
    The Lian Li that CAT mentioned is sweet. Have a look here for some pics with builds using the Lian LI

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums...ic.php?t=52598

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    Re: Advice on a small build.

    good post so far - looking myself for a mini-itx as I am running out of floor space - 3 PC's at the mo. Want to replace 1 with mini-itx.

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