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    Hi folks,

    I'm in the planning stages at the moment but hopefully someone here has seen something similar to what I'm looking for.

    I've thought lots about the EPIA but decided that an undervolted/underclocked Celeron on a micro-atx board would be best. So, I'm looking for the ideal micro-atx case.

    Casetronics makes one that is pretty small but it still has room for a floppy and a slim dvd drive, neither of which I need room for inside the case. Obviously, I don't want/need a floppy drive and I intend to use an external usb 2.0 dvd drive, so I don't need room for that in the case either.

    Basically, I'm looking for a case that will hold the following:
    - micro-atx form factor board w/celeron and heatsink/fan
    - opus 150W ps
    - one 2.5 or 3.5-inch hard disk
    - maybe one pci slot, but not really needed.
    --> don't want the wasted space for the floppy and 5.25-inch or slim dvd drive.

    Has anyone seen such a case? Has anyone seen a similar home-made unit? Basically, something to hold just the bare-essentials and nothing more.

    I appreciate the feedback. Thanks!

  • #2
    I'm replacing my EPIA with a microATX and 2.0 GHz Celeron, also. I have this case ordered and on the way. If the Opus 150w is SFX form factor as advertised, it should fit right in (there is some controversy on this - read here).

    Otherwise, the CS-4117 is small, lightweight aluminum (for good cooling) and will fit one full size PCI card.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by wi77iam
      I'm replacing my EPIA with a microATX and 2.0 GHz Celeron, also. I have this case ordered and on the way. If the Opus 150w is SFX form factor as advertised, it should fit right in (there is some controversy on this - read here).

      Otherwise, the CS-4117 is small, lightweight aluminum (for good cooling) and will fit one full size PCI card.
      I am also looking for a slim mATX case. I did a quick check on the mounting holes in the CS-4117 for the PSU based on the photos and it appears that the Opus 150W will NOT fit in the CS-4117. The dimensions of the Opus 150 are 125 x 100 x 63.5 (DxWxH) and it has mounting holes on the "long" (125 x 63.5) side as well as the "short" (100 x 63.5) sides. The SFX spec calls for 3 mounting holes - 2 holes along the height spaced 51.5mm apart and 1 hole along either the length (125mm) spaced 113mm from the centreline of the other 2 holes, or along the width (100mm) spaced 88mm from the centreline of the other 2 holes.

      The mounting holes from the CS-4117 are 43mm and 72mm respectively which is definitely out of the SFX spec. Also, the height of the CS-4117 is 90mm - the minimum height required to accomodate a SFX PSU is slightly over 100mm unless the PSU is mounted on its side.

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      • #4
        mounting holes are your least of issues. a drill, some drilling, and you have custom mount holes. and then there is always the option of removing the PS from its casing, allowing you squeeze it just about anywhere. \

        right now actually i am going to mount the mini atx on the back of the back seat in the trunk, no case. don't ask..
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        • #5
          I found this today, micro atx case 13.77"x13.77"x5.31"

          http://www.amamax.com/pomaxc37simi1.html

          click small pic for larger one. I can't find much info on it.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the feedback guys. Other than the CS-4117 mentioned in this thread, I haven't seen anything else I like. I suppose it makes sense though... why would a case manufacturer make a box with no provisions for external 3.5 and 5.25-inch drives, other than to satisfy the carpc hobbiests


            I've changed my mind a bit about the hardware. I'm still sticking with the micro-atx form factor but I'm going to go with:
            - AMD Athlon XP-M (mobile) 2500+
            - Biostar M7NCG 400 (mATX, nForce2 IGP / MCP)

            The XP-M runs with 1.45V and the Biostar board can undervolt it to 1.3V for even lower power consumption. I'm also planning to underclock the chip a bit to further conserve power and reduce heat.

            So far, I think this Biostar board is the only mATX board (Intel or AMD) that can undervolt. Also, the XP-M is completely clock-unlocked so there's lots of options for undervolting/underclocking to reduce power consumption.

            I hope this proves to be a good solution!


            Sorry, got a bit side-tracked here. If anyone finds some more interesting mATX case solutions, please post them here!!!

            Thanks.

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            • #7
              I've been looking into this one:
              http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...145-009&depa=0

              http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...pa=0&section=3

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              • #8
                and this one:
                http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...pa=0&section=3

                this is the one i'm most looking at

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                • #9
                  How about mounting the PSU Externally?

                  If this could be an option for you, then look at Biostar Ideq 200N.

                  Just ordered such a beast for my own car setup, with the same Athlon XP-M as yours.

                  regards

                  frenchnew



                  Originally posted by Darren
                  Thanks for the feedback guys. Other than the CS-4117 mentioned in this thread, I haven't seen anything else I like. I suppose it makes sense though... why would a case manufacturer make a box with no provisions for external 3.5 and 5.25-inch drives, other than to satisfy the carpc hobbiests


                  I've changed my mind a bit about the hardware. I'm still sticking with the micro-atx form factor but I'm going to go with:
                  - AMD Athlon XP-M (mobile) 2500+
                  - Biostar M7NCG 400 (mATX, nForce2 IGP / MCP)

                  The XP-M runs with 1.45V and the Biostar board can undervolt it to 1.3V for even lower power consumption. I'm also planning to underclock the chip a bit to further conserve power and reduce heat.

                  So far, I think this Biostar board is the only mATX board (Intel or AMD) that can undervolt. Also, the XP-M is completely clock-unlocked so there's lots of options for undervolting/underclocking to reduce power consumption.

                  I hope this proves to be a good solution!


                  Sorry, got a bit side-tracked here. If anyone finds some more interesting mATX case solutions, please post them here!!!

                  Thanks.

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                  • #10
                    My suggestion to you for your external CD/DVD is to go with Firewire and save your uSB bandwidth for all of the other devices that you WILL end up adding

                    My 2 cents
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