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wackywelshman

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#61652 20-May-2010 20:05
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Hello,

I'm in need of a htpc case to fit an mATX board that is less than 380mm deep (including plugs) so I can get my HTPC in the wifes new TV cabinet without taking the jigsaw to it!

I've hunted high and low and have only come up with the LIAN-LI PC-C35A  but as this can't take a PCI or PIC-e card, I can't get a TV tuner in there and even if I used a USB one, I'm a little worried about heat in such a thin case.

Does anyone know of another case I could use?

To be honest, I'd happily build another pc using an mITX board annd case if anyone knows of one, so long as it does HD :-)

All suggestions are welcome! (Unless they involve ditching the wife)

Cheers

W

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CYaBro
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  #332634 20-May-2010 21:30
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The Silverstone GD04 is 323mm deep.

michaelt
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  #332649 20-May-2010 21:47
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I have a mATX-based system in an Inwin BK-623 case (http://www.in-win.com.tw/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=42 or http://www.bigbruin.com/2007/inwinmtjade_1).

It's under 300mm deep.

I've actually looking at selling the machine, if you're interested.

Alternatively, they can be found from various stores on Pricespy, and it's just about the smallest case you can find that'll take mATX, full height PCI/PCI-E, 3.5" HDD's and a non-slimline optical drive.

Michael

 
 
 
 


wackywelshman

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  #333134 21-May-2010 20:37
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Cheers for these suggestions, awesome as they are, does anyone have a slimline option?

Seagull117
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  #333643 23-May-2010 17:05
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Sadly, I think it might be easier to get out the jigsaw.

I had a similar requirement and ended up with a SFF microATX Inwin BL641 but that is 410mm deep without any plugs in place. I t comes with a 300 wattt PSU which I hope will prove adequate. Even with this case I had to get out the metal shears to get a 2nd HDD in.

I have contemplated grabbing an old SFF case from HP/Compaq or IBM but they tend to have very low powerd PSUs and use proprietory plugs of a size that precludes upgrading.
Some of the motherboard are non standard Micro ATX also.

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  #333657 23-May-2010 17:48
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wackywelshman: Hello,

I'm in need of a htpc case to fit an mATX board that is less than 380mm deep (including plugs) so I can get my HTPC in the wifes new TV cabinet without taking the jigsaw to it!

I've hunted high and low and have only come up with the LIAN-LI PC-C35A but as this can't take a PCI or PIC-e card, I can't get a TV tuner in there and even if I used a USB one, I'm a little worried about heat in such a thin case.

Does anyone know of another case I could use?

To be honest, I'd happily build another pc using an mITX board annd case if anyone knows of one, so long as it does HD :-)

All suggestions are welcome! (Unless they involve ditching the wife)

Cheers

W


It depends on the type of mATX board you have.

for example

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/LennonNZ/7131 is a mATX Board/Case I have and a PCI HVR-4000 Card does fit in it!  Most mATX boards will fit ok and then use USB and you can fans for it

Thanks




mattyboy2
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  #333962 24-May-2010 11:42
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I think my case is less than 300mm, and is slimline.

Sorry can't remember the exact model but it's in my sig.

Update: http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Mjk

Apparently it's 94mm high.


CYaBro
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  #333989 24-May-2010 12:35
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mattyboy2: I think my case is less than 300mm, and is slimline.

Sorry can't remember the exact model but it's in my sig.

Update: http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=Mjk

Apparently it's 94mm high.



According to that link the case is 439mm deep.

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