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    Smallest mini-ITX case?

    Hey all,

    I'm trying to stash my car PC as far away as humanly possible. What is the smallest case people have come across so far that would only hold 1x 2.5" hard drive and 1x laptop CD? (or maybe even no CD, if that exists).

    [edit] but must be able to fit the slightly higher heatsink of the Intel Atom / GLY boards (or maybe a lower profile heatsink install...) - not going with VIA this time around.

    Thanks,

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    I have several of these cases I purchased for a project gone bad.
    I used one for my car pc. The specs are:

    10.5x9x2.5 inches

    Comes with a 90W PS.

    I have an Intel Atom Board - The latest

    I mounted a second fan and a hard drive with a little persistence. (mounting a 2.5" is possible but the case does not support it from factory. Also no CDROM support)

    Has 2 USB ports in the front.

    Msg me if interested.

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    Would an Ampie case accomodate the taller heatsink?
    If not, have you considered replacing the tall heatsink with a lower-profile heatsink/fan unit?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Would an Ampie case accomodate the taller heatsink?
    If not, have you considered replacing the tall heatsink with a lower-profile heatsink/fan unit?
    Definitely replacing with an aftermarket fan is an option. Most likely it would have to be done, since the stock fan is highly inefficient in that it's not even copper, so there's a lot of space wasted.... I had a $25 copper fan on my previous car PC, and it did the job quite well, at half the height [I had the Little Valley GLY2 board].

    The Ampie case looks a bit large, though. I do not know how much space I'm playing with yet (need to get my dealer to get me to measure one of the devices that plug into those spaces) but it's either a CD-changer or a Sirius satradio unit that I'd be "emulating", so it would probably have to be rather small. Definitely thinking around 2" thickness max. Ruggedness is not an issue as I don't expect it to be dropped anywhere (or subjected to excess heat).
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    I think the Eee Box has these kits beat

    Yeah the Eee is no super power-house of a machine and doesn't have dual video output, (maybe the B204 or B206 model does) but heck, they're cheap!

    I've just installed one on my rodeo, seriously sweet.

    MSI is also building a similar machine, if it hasn't already been released.

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    I have the dual core atom in this
    morex CS 5677
    Case dimension: 58.5(H) x 258.5 (D) x 186 (W)



    no space for optical drive
    can also squeeze 1 pci card in if its small with a flexi pci riser cable
    available from the store here on mp3car
    http://store.mp3car.com/Morex_5677_M..._p/enc-022.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevey500 View Post
    I think the Eee Box has these kits beat

    Yeah the Eee is no super power-house of a machine and doesn't have dual video output, (maybe the B204 or B206 model does) but heck, they're cheap!

    I've just installed one on my rodeo, seriously sweet.

    MSI is also building a similar machine, if it hasn't already been released.
    You know........ I have clean forgotten about the EEE box. That's an interesting idea, in some way
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