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    I found the perfect microATX case for a carpc

    It's not too big, it's just enough to fit the motherboard, has enough fans for adequate airflow and looks very nice. It does not look like a PC at all, it actually looks more like a subwoofer enclosure or a amp. This is the best one I could find after many days of research, and it has lots of good reviews.

    The reason, I want to go microATX instead of miniITX, is that the latter does not have adequate airflow, especially if you put the case in the trunk. Also miniITX has very limited upgrade option, ie: you cannot add a PCI or PCI xpress card to improve your video or sound. You are basically limited to what the motherboard has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by checksum View Post
    It's not too big, it's just enough to fit the motherboard, has enough fans for adequate airflow and looks very nice. It does not look like a PC at all, it actually looks more like a subwoofer enclosure or a amp. This is the best one I could find after many days of research, and it has lots of good reviews.

    The reason, I want to go microATX instead of miniITX, is that the latter does not have adequate airflow, especially if you put the case in the trunk. Also miniITX has very limited upgrade option, ie: you cannot add a PCI or PCI xpress card to improve your video or sound. You are basically limited to what the motherboard has.
    Good, a couple of pointers though... share the product and where to find it.
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    sorry, I can't beleive I left out the link
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811196038

    It has 2 halves, the top part holds the 5/12'' bay and the power supply while the bottom half holds just the motherboard and the fans. It opens up and you can separate the upper from the lower deck ( as shown in the picture below). Just get rid of the upper deck since you won't be using the power suppply or any 5/12''bay and use the lower deck for your carputer. Simple enough, and you have a perfect great looking case.

    Just goolge AeroCool Qx-2000 and you will find lots of review, even youtube has some video reviews

    Very detailed review here: http://hi-techreviews.com/index.php/...x-case?start=2



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    Quote Originally Posted by checksum View Post
    Also miniITX has very limited upgrade option, ie: you cannot add a PCI or PCI xpress card to improve your video or sound. You are basically limited to what the motherboard has.
    There's a ton of Mini-ITX boards out there with PCI or PCIE
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazinlow View Post
    There's a ton of Mini-ITX boards out there with PCI or PCIE
    I did research all the miniITX out there and it's either one or the other. Most miniITX cases have very limited airflow, it's just a tiny fan on the back, and you have all these hardware cramped into that little space. The advantage is that is it small enough you can put it into your glove compartment. But for me the disadvantages outweigh the avantages. Since heat is your number one enemy in a carpc environment, I want to play it safe and go with a microATX with good airflow and lots of upgrade option. miniITX are also more expensive than microATX.
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    It's not bad. Something like this would be cheaper and wouldn't leave you with an open chassis. AeroCool would have good airflow, however, I run a 35w CPU with a dinky little cooler under my seat, with fan controlled 2 x 60mm fans and cooling is fine.
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    was getting ready to buy it today, and they just ran out of stock. Looks like some people beat me to it already lol

    It's not bad. Something like this would be cheaper and wouldn't leave you with an open chassis. AeroCool would have good airflow, however, I run a 35w CPU with a dinky little cooler under my seat, with fan controlled 2 x 60mm fans and cooling is fine.
    Funny thing I had a very similar case on my old system, what I did not like about it is that it was too long, the CD drive bay was making it too long which I did not use at all.
    Once I get rid of the top deck, I am planning to cut the lid in 1/2 so that i can close it
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    It's shorter...
    Audio: 4 * Rainbow Audio Germs + Infinity Basslink / Case: iStarUSA S3 / CPU: C2D P8700 / MB: Jetway NC64-LF / SC: ASUS Xonar Essence STX / RAM: Crucial 2x1GB 1066MHz / HD: MTRON 2.5" 30GB / DVD: Panasonic UJ-815B / PSU: Opus 180w / LCD: Xenarc 700TSV

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